Proverbs 30:11

There are those who curse their fathers
and do not bless their mothers.

Proverbs 30:11 ESV

In the next four verses, Agur, provides a series of “There are” statements describing one who has not acquired true knowledge, a fool.

A fool is one who curses his father and does not bless his mother. Here, curse, could be both active and/or passive. A fool is one who says horrible things about his parents. He’s the one who does not speak honorably about his parents. This may be, for example, humiliating them by highlighting their faults publicly or harshly to their faces.

I’m embarrassed to say that this verse described me when I was in 8th grade. My grandfather purchased me a membership at the local golf course and because I knew I wouldn’t use it very much, I told him “That was really stupid.” It still haunts me to remember the tears that came to his eyes. He had done something generous for me, and my response was to curse him rather than thank him.

A fool is one who curses his parents passively by not acquiring wisdom. A wise son brings honor to his parents; a foolish son brings shame to his parents. How many times have I heard a parent say to their child, “I’ve raised you better than this.” By that they mean, their efforts to guide their child toward righteousness has, to some degree, failed, thus bringing shame upon the parents. Thus the child’s actions are cursing the parents.

Are you cursing your parents? If so, how can you change that to be a blessing to them?

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