To Ponder:

As life is the seedtime for eternity, so is childhood and youth the seedtime for riper years. According to the seed then sown will be the future fruit. “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” What duty can be more in agreement with reason and Scripture than that of the religious instruction of the young by their parents, their natural guardians? When professing Christian parents can trample underfoot the most solemn vows; exhibit an utter destitution of Christian, if not of natural, affection towards their offspring; set before them no holy example; instill into their youthful minds no sound religious principles; and disregard their spiritual interests, how can it be otherwise than that the rising generation should spring up a seed of evil doers – children that are corrupters – that they should prove forsakers of God, disobedient to parents, covenant breakers, unruly? Each successive generation, copying the evil example of that which preceded, becomes in this manner more deeply depraved, departs farther from God, and at last, when their measure of iniquity is full, God is provoked to pour out his fury on the families and nation that call not upon His name. (C. C. Stewart on Proverbs 4 in The Family Worship Commentary)

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