"My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they [shall be] an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck." Proverbs 1:8-9
The two people in the world who want you to have the best of everything are your mother and father. The instructions they are trying to get you to heed are to save you headache and troubles. They have your welfare at heart. Accept their instructions so that you can gain from their experience and not have to make the same mistakes they have already made. They wish you only good, not evil.
My son begins the first of 10 similar discourses in which the father appeals to the son to listen to his counsel and choose wisdom over folly. Chains about thy neck: refers to an adornment or thing of beauty in one’s life. The mention of the Mother shows that the original setting of the book is the home.
The greatest gift a parent can give to a child is the gift of good moral teaching. This "grace" above, I believe, is just that. The parents having high moral standards wanting to passed them onto their children.
“Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise-- “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” Ephesians 6:2-3
Sons, Daughters, from my heart to yours ...
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