3 For I too was a son to my father, still tender, and cherished by my mother.

Other Translations of Proverbs 4:3

King James Version

3 For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.

English Standard Version

3 When I was a son with my father, tender, the only one in the sight of my mother,

The Message

3 When I was a boy at my father's knee, the pride and joy of my mother,

New King James Version

3 When I was my father's son, Tender and the only one in the sight of my mother,

New Living Translation

3 For I, too, was once my father's son, tenderly loved as my mother's only child.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Proverbs 4:3

Commentary on Proverbs 4:1-13

(Read Proverbs 4:1-13)

We must look upon our teachers as our fathers: though instruction carry in it reproof and correction, bid it welcome. Solomon's parents loved him, therefore taught him. Wise and godly men, in every age of the world, and rank in society, agree that true wisdom consists in obedience, and is united to happiness. Get wisdom, take pains for it. Get the rule over thy corruptions; take more pains to get this than the wealth of this world. An interest in Christ's salvation is necessary. This wisdom is the one thing needful. A soul without true wisdom and grace is a dead soul. How poor, contemptible, and wretched are those, who, with all their wealth and power, die without getting understanding, without Christ, without hope, and without God! Let us give heed to the sayings of Him who has the words of eternal life. Thus our path will be plain before us: by taking, and keeping fast hold of instruction, we shall avoid being straitened or stumbling.