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Colossians 3:20

Children, be obedient to your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord.
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Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Children;   Thompson Chain Reference - Filial Obedience;   Home;   Obedience;   Parents;   Young People;   The Topic Concordance - Children;   Obedience;   Pleasure;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Children, Good;  
Dictionaries:
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Family;   Obedience;   Parents;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Teach, Teacher;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Colossians;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Acceptance;   Angels;   Character;   Christian Life;   Commandment;   Family;   Liberty;   Obedience;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - 18 Accepted Acceptable;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Children, obey - in all things - That is, in the Lord - in every thing that your parents command you, which is not contrary to the will or word of God.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Colossians 3:20". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/colossians-3.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Children, obey your parents … - Notes, Ephesians 6:1-4.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Colossians 3:20". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/colossians-3.html. 1870.

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

Children obey your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing in the Lord.

"Well-pleasing in the Lord ... fitting in the Lord (Colossians 3:18) ... fearing the Lord (Colossians 3:22) ... as unto the Lord (Colossians 3:23) ... ye serve the Lord Jesus Christ (Colossians 3:24) ..." Notice that all of the persons addressed regarding their personal and domestic duties were continually reminded of being "in the Lord," and therefore as having "put on" the graces and virtues commanded earlier in this chapter. The whole teaching is that a Christian must not get "out of character" in dealing with everyday relationships and duties. Kindness, meekness, love, gentleness ... name them all; such virtues must mark the Christian's life at all times.

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on Colossians 3:20". "Coffman Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/colossians-3.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Children, obey your parents,.... Both father and mother; See Gill on Ephesians 6:1.

in all things; not in things sinful, which are contrary to the law of God, and Gospel of Christ; in things repugnant to the duties of religion, the ordinances of the Gospel, and the doctrines of Christ, parents are to be neglected and disobeyed. God is to be regarded, and not men; but in all things good and lawful, and in all things that are of an indifferent nature, which may, or may not be done, in these things the will of earthly parents is to be attended to; of which there is a considerable instance in the Rechabites, see Jeremiah 35:6 and even they are to be obeyed in things that are hard and difficult to be complied with, and which are disagreeable to flesh and blood, as the cases of Isaac and Jephthah's daughter show.

For this is well pleasing unto the Lord; and is a reason sufficient to engage to the performance of the duty; for whatever is grateful and well pleasing to God ought to be done with pleasure by us, from a principle of love to him, by faith in him, and with a view to his glory; and then such an action is acceptable in his sight through Jesus Christ our Lord. The Alexandrian copy reads, "in the Lord"; and so the Vulgate Latin version.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Colossians 3:20". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/colossians-3.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

12 Children, obey [your] parents in o all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.

(12) He requires of children, that according to God's commandment they are obedient to their parents.

(o) In the Lord; and so it is expounded in (Ephesians 6:1).

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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Colossians 3:20". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/colossians-3.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

(Ephesians 6:1.)

unto the Lord — The oldest manuscripts read, “IN the Lord,” that is, this is acceptable to God when it is done in the Lord, namely, from the principle of faith, and as disciples in union with the Lord.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Colossians 3:20". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/colossians-3.html. 1871-8.

Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Obey your parents (υπακουετε τοις γονευσινhupakouete tois goneusin). Old verb to listen under (as looking up), to hearken, to heed, to obey.

In all things (κατα πανταkata panta). This is the hard part for the child, not occasional obedience, but continual. Surely a Christian father or mother will not make unreasonable or unjust demands of the child. Nowhere does modern civilization show more weakness than just here. Waves of lawlessness sweep over the world because the child was not taught to obey. Again Paul argues that this is “in the Lord” (εν Κυριωιen Kuriōi).

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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on Colossians 3:20". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rwp/colossians-3.html. Broadman Press 1932,33. Renewal 1960.

Vincent's Word Studies

This is well pleasing

Expanded in Ephesians 6:2, Ephesians 6:3. Unto the Lord should be in the Lord.

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Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

Дети, будьте послушны родителям. Детям апостол заповедует слушаться родителей во всем, без всякого исключения. Но что, если родители захотят принудить их к чему-то незаконному? Надо ли безусловно повиноваться им и тогда? Ведь было бы весьма недостойным, если бы человеческий авторитет возобладал над авторитетом Божиим. Отвечаю: здесь подразумевается уточнение, которое апостол приводит в другом месте (Еф.6:1), а именно: в Господе. Но зачем же тогда Павел говорит так обобщенно? Снова отвечаю: он показывает, что надо слушать не только справедливые, но и несправедливые повеления. Ибо многие повинуются родителям лишь тогда, когда это повиновение не причиняет им неудобств. Но дети должны всегда помнить следующее: какие бы родители им ни достались, она даны им по провидению Бога, установившего подчинение детей родителям.

Итак, «во всем» означает, что дети должны слушаться родителей, невзирая на суровость или тяжесть их распоряжений, что они должны слушаться родителей даже в мелких вопросах, что не должны, допытываясь, споря и противореча, претендовать на равные с родителями права. Но все это, как говорится, только до жертвенника. Родителям же апостол запрещает неумеренную суровость, запрещает запугивать детей настолько, что они лишатся восприимчивости к свободным наукам. Ибо повседневный опыт показывает нам, на сколь многое способно благородное воспитание.

 

 

 

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John Trapp Complete Commentary

20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.

Ver. 20. In all things] Vultu saepe laeditur pietas. {See Trapp on "Ephesians 6:1"}

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Colossians 3:20". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/colossians-3.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Colossians 3:20. Children, obey—in all things: That is, "which are lawful, or to which the parental authority extends." This must be understood with some such limitation; and there can be no hurt in supplying the sense from Colossians 3:18 with εν κυριω, in the Lord; and so it is expressed, Ephesians 6:1. That is, "as the Lord requires you, and as far as is consistent with your duty to him."

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Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Observe here, The duty bound upon all children, and that is, obedience to their parents; this implies inward reverence, outward observance, a pious regard to their instructions, a following their good examples.

Observe, 2. The object of this duty; Obey your parents, that is, both parents; as obedience is due from all children, so it is payable to all parents, to mothers as well as fathers; nay, Leviticus 19:3 the mother is named first, because in regard of the weakness of her sex, she is the most liable to contempt.

Observe, 3. The extent of the duty, in all things, that is, in all lawful things, and in all indifferent things, in every thing that is not sinful; though to the child it may seem unnecessary or unreasonable, yet the parents command is to be obeyed.

Observe, 4. The argument and motive to excite and quicken to this duty, It is well pleasing unto the Lord; thereby they do acceptable service unto the Lord, who will reward it with long life on earth, and eternal life in heaven.

God takes a mighty pleasure in the performance of relative duties; they are not only pleasing, but well pleasing to him; we are no more really, than what we are relatively in the account of God; that which we call the power of godliness, consists in a conscientioius performance of relative duties.

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Burkitt, William. "Commentary on Colossians 3:20". Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wbc/colossians-3.html. 1700-1703.

Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary

20.] See Ephesians 6:1.

κατὰ πάντα, the exceptions not being taken into account: St. Paul’s usual way of stating a general rule. It is best to take εὐάρεστον, as Mey. absolutely, as προσφιλῆ, Philippians 4:8; the Christian qualification being given by the ἐν κυρίῳ: De W., al., understand τῷ θεῷ, which would render that qualification meaningless.

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Alford, Henry. "Commentary on Colossians 3:20". Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hac/colossians-3.html. 1863-1878.

Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament

Colossians 3:20 f. Comp. Ephesians 6:1-4, where likewise is given a characteristic development in fuller detail of what is here only succinctly stated.

κατὰ πάντα] not to be restricted; for Paul is quoting the rule, that which holds good principaliter in the relation of children, while possible exceptional cases obviously come under the principle of obeying God rather than man (Oecumenius: δίχα τῶν εἰς ἀσέβειαν φερόντων). Comp. Ephesians 5:24.

εὐάρεστόν ἐστιν ἐν κυρίῳ] In connection with this reading (see the critical remarks), to supply τῷ θεῷ to εὐάρ. is arbitrary (in opposition to de Wette and Baumgarten-Crusius), since this is not suggested by the context as in Romans 12:1-2; nor is ἐ̓ ν κυρίῳ to be taken as instead of the dative (Flatt, Bähr, Bleek), or in the sense: coram Domino (Böhmer), but rather as in Colossians 3:18. We have to leave εὐάρ. without any other more precise definition than what is contained in ἐν κυρ., so that it is affirmed of childlike obedience, that it is well-pleasing, and that indeed not in a worldly fashion apart from Christ, οὐκ ἀπὸ τῆς φύσεως μόνης (Chrysostom), but in a definite Christian character; consequently the Christian ethical beauty, in which the δίκαιον (Ephesians 6:1) of that virtue manifests itself. Comp. προσφιλῆ in Philippians 4:8. It would be a perfectly groundless violence to couple, with Hofmann, ἐν κυρίῳ with ὑπακούετε τ. γ. κ. π., notwithstanding the clause which is introduced by γάρ.

Colossians 3:21. οἱ πατέρες] they, and not the mothers, are addressed as holding the government of the household, also in reference to education. Comp. on Ephesians 6:4.

ἐρεθίζετε] irritate, very frequent in the classics and LXX., especially in connection with anger, as here (comp. Ephesians 6:4). This irritation takes place through unjust or over-severe ( ἐστὶν ὅπου καὶ συγχωρεῖν ὀφείλετε, Chrysostom) treatment, which the child, provoked thereby to anger, must bear without being able to get satisfaction for its injured sense of justice; whereby it becomes liable to a spiritless and sullen, and therefore immoral, resignation, a despair paralysing all moral power of will; hence ἵνα μὴ ἀθυμῶσιν. This verb is only found here in the N. T., but frequently in LXX., also Judith 7:22; 1 Maccabees 4:27; and in classic writers from the time of Thucydides (v. 91. 1, vii. 21, al.). Its opposite is θαῤῥεῖν. Bengel aptly says: “fractus animus pestis juventutis.”

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Meyer, Heinrich. "Commentary on Colossians 3:20". Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hmc/colossians-3.html. 1832.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

By children he understands both males and females.

Obey your parents; he requires them to yield humble subjection to those that brought them forth, or have just authority over them; see Exodus 20:12 Ephesians 6:1; paying reverence to them, Leviticus 19:3 Hebrews 12:9; observing their holy and prudent prescriptions, Luke 2:51; showing piety and kindness to them in all grateful offices, 1 Timothy 5:4, and submitting to their parental discipline, Jeremiah 35:6 Hebrews 12:9.

In all things; in whatsoever is agreeable to the mind of the supreme Governor, who is absolute Sovereign, Acts 4:19 5:29.

For this is well pleasing unto the Lord; and this upon the most cogent reason imaginable, because it is not barely pleasing, but

well pleasing, or very acceptable, to the Lord, who arms parents with authority over their children, Ephesians 6:1-3.

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Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture

во всем См. пояснения к Еф. 6:1-3. Единственным ограничением послушанию ребенка может быть лишь ситуация, когда родители требуют чего-то противоречащего Слову Божьему, например, некоторые дети придут ко Христу вопреки желаниям своих родителей (ср. Лк. 12:51-53; 14:26).

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John Eadie's Commentary on Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians and Philippians

(Colossians 3:20.) τὰ τέκνα, ὑπακούετε τοῖς γονεῦσι κατὰ πάντα—“Children, obey your parents in all things.” The wife is generally to be submissive, but children are to be obedient, to listen and execute parental commands, and to exemplify a special form of submission for which the filial relation affords so many opportunities. [Ephesians 6:1-3.] The love of the child's heart naturally leads it to obedience. Only an unnatural child can be a domestic rebel. Where the parents are Christians, and govern their children in a Christian spirit, obedience should be without exception, or- κατὰ πάντα. The apostle, speaking in reference to Christian parents, for his epistle could reach none but children of that class, takes no heed of any exception. The principle involved in his admonition is, that children are not the judges of what they should or should not obey in parental precepts.

The best reading of the following clause is τοῦτο γὰρ εὐάρεστόν ἐστιν ἐν κυρίῳ—“For this is well-pleasing in the Lord,” not as the older form had it, “well-pleasing to the Lord.” The construction is similar to that of the 19th verse, the specific difference of thought being, that in the former case submission is an appropriate thing in the Lord; while in this case filial obedience is marked with special approbation, as being well-pleasing in the Lord. Resting on Christian principle and motive, it meets Divine approbation. In Ephesians 6:1, the apostle calls it- δίκαιον, a thing right in itself, and then he quotes the fifth commandment to show that such a duty is also inculcated in Scripture, but here he regards it simply in a religious aspect, and awards to it Christ's approval.

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Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

‘Children obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing in the Lord.’

This is the general principle. Children are not to rebel against their parents wishes, but to respond to their directing as though the direction came from Christ Himself. They are to be concerned about the pleasure they give to the Lord by such behaviour. This thus further presses home the commandment to honour father and mother, a commandment which Jesus had also pressed home (Matthew 15:4-6; Matthew 19:19). But clearly where evil men sought to lead their children into evil ways, or to prevent them worshipping God, this would not apply. A higher law would prevail.

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Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable

Children are to obey (hypakoute) both parents. The Greek word for obey implies a readiness to listen to and carry out parental instructions. The Greek word for children (tekna) means youths in contrast to babes and toddlers. "All things" is the general principle and would cover99 percent of the cases involved in a Christian home. However every Christian is primarily responsible to the Lord, of course. Consequently if the parent required the child to disobey God, the child should obey God rather than man ( Acts 4:19; Acts 5:29; Ephesians 6:1). The reason children should please their parents by obeying them is that this behavior pleases the Lord (cf. Exodus 20:12; 2 Corinthians 5:9).

"I have seen some literature that tells young married couples that they are still to go to their parents and obey them. I think that is nonsense and entirely unscriptural (see Genesis 2:24). "Children, obey your parents in all things" is a verse for children, for minors." [Note: McGee, 5:361.]

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Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Colossians 3:20. Children, obey your parents. ‘Obey’ is stronger than ‘submit’ (Colossians 3:18); the wife is to be consulted, her wishes considered; but children should ‘obey.’ whether they know the reasons for the command or not. In their earliest years children learn respecting God from their relation to their parents. If they do not learn to obey, the foundation of their ethics, as well as of their theology, is not properly laid.

In all things. This is the rule; exceptions are left out of view. Christian parents are referred to (Ephesians 6:1 : ‘in the Lord’), and Christian children are addressed, since this motive is added: for this is well pleasing in the Lord. (The received reading is poorly supported) Such obedience is indeed well pleasing ‘unto the Lord,’ but the Apostle uses the phrase ‘in the Lord,’ in connection with these social precepts, to set forth the Christian character of the duty: ‘as judged by a Christian standard, as judged by those who are members of Christ’s body’ (Lightfoot). Comp. Ephesians 6:1-2.

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Schaff, Philip. "Commentary on Colossians 3:20". "Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/scn/colossians-3.html. 1879-90.

Mark Dunagan Commentary on the Bible

Colossians 3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing in the Lord.

"CHILDREN"-including all minors and all who are still at home or under parental care. "Children" also need to realize that the obligation to honor one"s parents, never ceases (Matthew 15:3-6).

"OBEY YOUR PARENTS"-Which is compassionate and fair. Please note that God doesn"t buy into the commune concept of children being raised and disciplined by every adult around. God desires that children have specific parents.

"IN ALL THINGS"-That is all those things which would be in harmony with the will of God (Ephesians 6:1). Such phrases are always subject to the limitation of Acts 5:29.

Points to Note:

1. God views children as accountable and as responsible individuals within the congregation. Specific commands have been directed to children, God is talking to children also (Ecclesiastes 12:1).

2. God also views children as possessing a freewill and capable to making right choices. God doesn"t view children as inherently depraved, having inherited the sins of their forefathers.

3. Note that God doesn"t view disobedience to parents as "natural", "a stage", "to be expected", etc...Rather, disobedience to parents is one of the vices of paganism (Romans 1:30). It is a sign of wickedness, and that one has really sunk to a low level of personal integrity (2 Timothy 3:2). It is a demonstration of extreme selfishness.

"FOR THIS IS WELL-PLEASING IN THE LORD"-(; Ephesians 6:1)

Point to Note:

Children were obeying their parents long before Jesus died for our sins. But this is a different type or quality of obedience. This isn"t the grudging obedience found in the world. And neither is it, "I will merely cooperate now, but once I turn 18, they can"t tell me what to do anymore." Rather, this is an obedience that pleases God, that finds favor with both God and men (Luke 2:52).

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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Children. App-108.

in = according to. App-104.

well pleasing. See Romans 12:1.

unto = to, but the texts read "in" (Greek. en).

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Colossians 3:20". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/colossians-3.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.

Obey, [ hupakouoo (Greek #5219)] - not merely "submit yourselves" to the authority (Colossians 3:18), as wives ought [ hupotassesthe (Greek #5293)], but obey the command. (See Ephesians 6:1)

Unto the Lord. 'Aleph (') A B C Delta G f g, Vulgate, read 'IN the Lord;' i:e., this is acceptable to 'God when done in the Lord; namely, from faith, as disciples in union with the Lord.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.
obey
Genesis 28:7; Exodus 20:12; Leviticus 19:3; Deuteronomy 21:18-21; 27:16; Proverbs 6:20; 20:20; Proverbs 30:11,17; Ezekiel 22:7; Malachi 1:6; Matthew 15:4-6; 19:19; Ephesians 6:1-3
in
22; Ephesians 5:24; Titus 2:9
well pleasing
1:10; Philippians 4:18; Hebrews 13:21
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 5:16 - Honour;  Proverbs 16:7 - please;  Jeremiah 35:8 - GeneralLuke 18:20 - Do not commit;  Romans 8:8 - please

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Stanley Derickson - Notes on Selected Books

"Children, obey [your] parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord."

If you want to please God in your younger life, then follow your parents - the simplest way to please God that I can think of. Elsewhere in the New Testament the same thought is related to long life. I have never taken a widespread survey, but have talked to many older believers and asked them if they obeyed their parents and they said they did. In fact I have never asked one that had not obeyed their parents - may well prove the point - not that the Word needs to be proven true.

Let us consider for a moment this thought of obedience. Do most kids today obey their parents? Maybe on "three" of "one, two, three" but quite often not even on "four" - if they stop on "three" you can almost bet there will be a restart almost immediately.

What is the cost of the lack of obedience?

IN THE FAMILY:

Lack of peace in the home

Lack of unity in the family

Lack of unity within the couple quite often

Dissension between the siblings

IN THE SCHOOLS:

Lack of peace

Lack of learning

Lack of social interaction as it should be

IN THE NATION:

Lack of submission of workers to their employers

Lack of submission to the law

Lack of proper understanding of issues

I might meddle just a little at this point. It could be argued that Paul knew that children would be present in the gathering to hear the reading of this letter. If this is true there could well be direct application to churches today that herd their kids off to all sorts of programs rather than having them in the service.

There are some real things to gain by having children in the services.

1. They learn to be quiet and listen. They may not learn everything that is spoken, but they will pick up things that they will tuck away in their minds.

2. They see mom, dad, pastor, brother, sister, elders and everyone else worshiping God. They will be more responsive in later years knowing what the service is like. It is said that women in Asia bind their children on their backs when they go to pray. The mothers never have to teach the child the chants/prayers. They pick it up automatically.

We are missing some serious teaching time with our children today in the name of keeping the sanctuary quiet. Even small children can learn to be quiet - without a bag of toys or crayons to entertain them.

A child that can read and write can take notes and I know they can pick up on some of the major points of what is being said.

3. They learn of God, they learn of His desire for them, they learn of His love for them and that can"t be bad!

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Derickson, Stanley. "Commentary on Colossians 3:20". "Stanley Derickson - Notes on Selected Books". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/sdn/colossians-3.html.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

b. Children and parents, Colossians 3:20-21.

20.Children—The precept notes no exceptions. While obedience to parents is the natural duty of children, the reason here assigned is its acceptableness as befitting their relation as Christians. Most MSS. read , in the Lord.

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Colossians 3:20". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/colossians-3.html. 1874-1909.

The Expositor's Greek Testament

Colossians 3:20. is omitted in Ephesians 6:1.

 

 

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Nicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. "Commentary on Colossians 3:20". The Expositor's Greek Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/colossians-3.html. 1897-1910.

The Bible Study New Testament

20. Children. It is normal for children to rebel against their parents, yet they must obey them, since they need to be guided and helped to take their place in life. Tests have shown that even very poor training is much better than none at all. [This does not mean to sin when asked.]

 

 

 

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Ice, Rhoderick D. "Commentary on Colossians 3:20". "The Bible Study New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ice/colossians-3.html. College Press, Joplin, MO. 1974.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

20Children, obey your parents. He enjoins it upon children to obey their parents, (458) without any exception. But what if parents (459) should feel disposed to constrain them to anything that is unlawful; will they in that case, too, obey without any reservation? Now it were worse than unreasonable, that the, authority of men should prevail at the expense of neglecting God. I answer, that here, too, we must understand as implied what he expresses elsewhere, (Ephesians 6:1) — in the Lord. But for what purpose does he employ a term of universality? I answer again, that it is to shew, that obedience must be rendered not merely to just commands, but also to such as are unreasonable. (460) For many make themselves compliant with the wishes of their parents only where the command is not grievous or inconvenient. But, on the other hand, this one thing ought to be considered by children — that whoever may be their parents, they have been allotted to them by the providence of God, who by his appointment makes children subject to their parents.

In all things, therefore, that they may not refuse anything, however difficult or disagreeable — in all things, that in things indifferent they may give deference to the station which their parents occupy — in all things, that they may not put themselves on a footing of equality with their parents, in the way of questioning and debating, or disputing, it being always understood that conscience is not to be infringed upon. (461) He prohibits parents from exercising an immoderate harshness, lest their children should be so disheartened as to be incapable of receiving any honorable training; for we see, from daily experience, the advantage of a liberal education.

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Calvin, John. "Commentary on Colossians 3:20". "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/colossians-3.html. 1840-57.