But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."
Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.
But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children's children —
with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.
Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching.
They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.
Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun —all your meaningless days. For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labor under the sun.
Put your outdoor work in order and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.
God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground."
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
Fathers, "do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
honor your father and mother,' "and 'love your neighbor as yourself.' ""
One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
The proverbs of Solomon: A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son brings grief to his mother.
"Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, "in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.
These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.
Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God.
Do not forsake your friend or a friend of your family, and do not go to your relative's house when disaster strikes you — better a neighbor nearby than a relative far away.
Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.
The greedy bring ruin to their households, but the one who hates bribes will live.
My son, keep your father's command and do not forsake your mother's teaching.
Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, "we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.
If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"
That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad indeed;
1 When Jesus had finished saying these things, he left Galilee and went into the region of Judea to the other side of the Jordan.
2 Large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.
3 Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?"
4 "Haven't you read," he replied, "that at the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female,' [^1]
5 and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh' "?
6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate."
7 "Why then," they asked, "did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?"
8 Jesus replied, "Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning.
9 I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery."
10 The disciples said to him, "If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry."
11 Jesus replied, "Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given.
12 For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others —and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it."
13 Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them.
14 Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
15 When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.
16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, "Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?"
17 "Why do you ask me about what is good?" Jesus replied. "There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments."
18 "Which ones?" he inquired. Jesus replied, "'You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony,
19 honor your father and mother,' "and 'love your neighbor as yourself.' ""
20 "All these I have kept," the young man said. "What do I still lack?"
21 Jesus answered, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."
22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.
23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven.
24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God."
25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, "Who then can be saved?"
26 Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
27 Peter answered him, "We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?"
28 Jesus said to them, "Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife "or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.
30 But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.
They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved —you and your household."
3 Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him.
4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one's youth.
5 Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.
May the LORD our God be with us as he was with our ancestors; may he never leave us nor forsake us.
Whoever brings ruin on their family will inherit only wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise.
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
"Honor your father and mother" —which is the first commandment with a promise —
The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.
"Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.
How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity!
However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
6 "But at the beginning of creation God 'made them male and female.' [^1]
7 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, [^2]
8 and the two will become one flesh.' "So they are no longer two, but one flesh.
9 Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate."