Proverbs 22:6

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Traine vp a childe in the way he should goe: and when he is olde, hee will not depart from it.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Train up a child in the way he should go, And even when he is old he will not depart from it.
- American Standard Version (1901)

If a child is trained up in the right way, even when he is old he will not be turned away from it.
- Basic English Bible

Train up the child according to the tenor of his way, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
- Darby Bible

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
- Webster's Bible

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
- World English Bible

Give instruction to a youth about his way, Even when he is old he turneth not from it.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Train up a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old, he will not depart from it.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 22:6


22:6 Depart - Not easily and ordinarily.


Discussion for Proverbs 22

  • Irene123
    Pro. 22:6 - The Bible does not say, "Offer a child a choice of lifestyle and he will choose the right path." We must build some principles into our children that will help them make the right choices. We must instruct them how to have a relationship with Jesus Christ that will keep them when all around them are against them. Everything for this is in the Bible.
  • Irene123
    To Mimi on v. 24 - This isn't specifically about marriage, but is applicable. It refers to one's friendships, whether man's or woman's. If you 'marry' a man or a man marries a woman, the same principle applies. To marry an 'angry type person, or a drinker of alcohol, or a slovenly person - is to court disaster.
  • Dennice Moses Dildy
    I brought my children up on that there'sThe word of God is the only thing that will keep us
  • BSP
    This verse shows the important responsibility that parents have to train their children in the way Jehovah God has outlined in His Word the Bible. When children grow older of course they still have free will to choose their own path, but providing proper training early will contribute greatly to them choosing the right path.
  • Mimi
    Could someone please explain verse 24 in the context of marriage? I have read the entire chapter of Proverbs 22 and I still don't understand what it is saying to a person who is married to the person in Proverbs 22:24? Thank you for your comments.







  • BSP
    We need to be clever in practical affairs or sharp witted in order to avoid calamity as verse 3 shows.