Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 15 P.198 – A Wise Son

Proverbs 15: King James Bible

A Wise Son – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter fifteen, Verse 20

20 A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.

Daily Inspiration from These Verses – A Wise Son

A wise son doesn’t necessarily mean an extremely bright person. Wisdom isn’t found in brain power, but rather, how someone uses what they do know.

From a Biblical sense, wisdom is our use of what we know of the Word of God, and how we use it in our daily lives. A wise son thinks on what would please the father, which is why these actions make the father glad.

If a wise son tends to do the things that would please his father whom he can see, how much more, should we take aim to please the Father whom we don’t see? I’m certainly not convinced that this verse is merely speaking about fleshly bonds, but between us and the Father.

But what about the second half of the verse? I believe, that this points directly to the commandment to honor thy parents. It is after all, the first commandment with a promise.

The promise is, that it may be well with thee, and a long life upon the earth (see below). Common sense dictates, that if honoring parents promises a blessing, then dishonoring them promises a curse. Makes sense doesn’t it?

This is what would make someone a fool in the verse above. The man is foolish for despising his mother, because of what is promised by the Lord, in the commandments.

Until I stopped to look at this verse closely, I really didn’t understand the second half, because of the mother part. We’ve got the Father on one side, which I relate to the Lord, but who was I suppose to think about on the other end of the verse relating to the Mother?

I prayed about it, and the Lord opened my eyes, that this isn’t two sides of the same coin as other verses are in Proverbs, but is simply speaking about two completely different things. Two different coins, I suppose you could say.

I just wanted to share that with you, because when I slowed down and took the wording as is, instead of my mind trying to make relations that don’t exist, understanding opened right up!

One thing that I’ve learned with verses that strike me with some difficulty, is to make sure I’m reading it correctly. Go figure huh?

The Father has made his wisdom available to all of us who have Christ Jesus as our Lord and Savior. All we need to do is ask for it, and he’ll give it freely, and will not upbraid you for asking.

Related New Testament Scripture

Ephesians 6: King James Bible

6 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2 Honor thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; 3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

2 Timothy 3: King James Bible

3 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

3 Without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

James 1: King James Bible

5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.



Thank you for your Word, and all of the wonderful lessons that you teach us through it. Lord, we ask for your wisdom, so that we can be wise sons and daughters, and please you, our Father. Let us never be as the foolish man, despising his mother or parents, making void your promise of blessings. Rather, help us all, should we be young or old, lay hold of your Word, and your commandment with gladness. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.



Have you ever heard before, that it’s important to the Lord, that you be a wise son or daughter?

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2 thoughts on “Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 15 P.198 – A Wise Son”

  1. Thanks Brian…yes, I have always looked at my relationship with the Father, as an obedient son. To please/obey the Father, I like to use this analogy: the Lord lets me go out and play, as long as I stay inside the yard. Don’t go over the fence…He doesn’t want me to get hurt over there. He has everything I need to be happy, as long as I play inside His yard. Keeps it pretty simple for me. Stay strong Brother.

    • Hi George,
      There’s nothing wrong with simple. That’s the beauty of the gospel, it’s simplicity. Praise the Lord, because if it was something more complex, I’d be in a lot of trouble.
      Thank you for your comment as always. Stay safe and blessed Brother, in Jesus name.
      In Christ,


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