15 Powerful Proverbs For Kids You’ll Wish They Knew Sooner

The book of Proverbs is amazing. They’re life-changing, meaningful, extremely useful, and can make a difference in your kids’ life. Here are 15 of the best Proverbs for kids.

In here you’ll find a list. While you’re reading some of these Proverbs for kids, I’ll be giving you special comments and insight in some of them.

In case you’re wondering how to teach and use Proverbs for kids, we’ve got the answer for you. In a study done by the Bible Project organization, they’ve uncovered the key.

The key itself was provided by King Solomon, who wrote the Proverbs, and was stated by Him in the first Proverbs in this beautiful list:

proverbs for kids

Let’s check out these amazing Proverbs for kids:

  1. Proverbs 1:7:

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
    but fools despise wisdom and instruction”.

What does the author of Proverbs mean by this? Well, in case you’ve never understood this verse before, you’re blessed today.

The author(King Solomon) wants the reader to know that for any knowledge to EVEN be acquired at all, there must first be fear of the Lord.

Without this the author is clear that it is impossible for wisdom to enter in a brain.

WHAT IS the fear of the Lord? In a simple definition, it is a respectful attitude, a fearful way of living, a lifestyle that claims that your life is the property of God.

And not your own.

So for your kids to first gain wisdom for their lives, you must teach them to fear, respect and above all love the Lord.

Teach them that their lives are not their own, that the Lord is constantly watching everything they do, and He will judge them when they grow old.

This way, they will definitely fear the Lord.

2. Proverbs 4:23:

“Above all else, guard your heart,
    for everything you do flows from it”.

This proverbs is one of the best Proverbs for kids, for adults, for teenagers, grandparents and honestly just EVERYONE.

The rewards that come from knowing this from an early age cannot be overstated. Guarding your heart means keeping it clean from any poison:

Hate, envy, lust, bad words, anything you can think of that can remain in a heart for years and make it bitter or unclean.

Guard, protect, keep your heart from contamination of anything that goes against the Word of God is a good start for your kids.

3. Proverbs 13:3:

“Those who guard their lips preserve their lives,
    but those who speak rashly will come to ruin”.

4. Proverbs 20:13:

Do not love sleep or you will grow poor;
    stay awake and you will have food to spare”.

With this proverb you can teach your kids the value of hard work.

This is so great!

Instruct them that when their 8 hours of sleep are over, they are over. It’s time to get up a do a million of productive things for the Lord.

5. Proverbs 23: 19-21:

“Listen, my son, and be wise,
    and set your heart on the right path:
20 Do not join those who drink too much wine
    or gorge themselves on meat,
21 for drunkards and gluttons become poor,
    and drowsiness clothes them in rags”.

6. Proverbs 3: 1-4:

“My son, do not forget my teaching,
    but keep my commands in your heart,
for they will prolong your life many years
    and bring you peace and prosperity.

Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
    bind them around your neck,
    write them on the tablet of your heart.
Then you will win favor and a good name
    in the sight of God and man”.

7. Proverbs 3: 5-8:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight”.

8. Proverbs 3: 9-10:

“Honor the Lord with your wealth,
    with the firstfruits of all your crops;
10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
    and your vats will brim over with new wine”.

9. Proverbs 3: 11-12:

“My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline,
    and do not resent his rebuke,
12 because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
    as a father the son he delights in”.

I always remember this Proverb spoke a lot to me when I was a kid, and it will always remain a like hidden pearl or gem for the kids who apply it.

The Lord’s discipline meant that God loved me. Nothing mattered to me as much as that. God’s love meant everything for me.

10. Proverbs 2: 10-12:

The following Proverbs state the importance of looking for and treasuring wisdom and knowledge A LOT which is a lesson your child must learn from an early age.

When using these Proverbs for kids, you must teach them that they must always look for wisdom in their lives.

Even if it means going to college forever for a master’s degree or even a Ph.d.

According to King Solomon, wisdom is more valuable than gold and other precious stones, so you must teach the value of studying the Bible and looking for God’s wisdom.

“For wisdom will enter your heart,
    and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
11 Discretion will protect you,
    and understanding will guard you.

12 Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men,
    from men whose words are perverse”.

11. Proverbs 4: 5-9:

“Get wisdom, get understanding;
    do not forget my words or turn away from them.
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
    love her, and she will watch over you.
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get[a] wisdom.
    Though it cost all you have,[b] get understanding.
Cherish her, and she will exalt you;
    embrace her, and she will honor you.
She will give you a garland to grace your head
    and present you with a glorious crown.”

12. Proverbs 3:13-15:

“Blessed are those who find wisdom,
    those who gain understanding,
14 for she is more profitable than silver
    and yields better returns than gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies;
    nothing you desire can compare with her”.

13. Proverbs 1:8-9:

“Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction
    and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
They are a garland to grace your head
    and a chain to adorn your neck”.

14. Proverbs 3:21-23:

“My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight,
    preserve sound judgment and discretion;
22 they will be life for you,
    an ornament to grace your neck.
23 Then you will go on your way in safety,
    and your foot will not stumble”.

15. Proverbs 10: 1-2:

“The proverbs of Solomon:

A wise son brings joy to his father,
    but a foolish son brings grief to his mother.

Ill-gotten treasures have no lasting value,
    but righteousness delivers from death”.

Lastly, once you’ve studied all of these Proverbs for kids and taught them to your kids, you can instruct them to behave well towards you and your spouse.

Tell your child to always be kind and respectful to you(his parents) so that they can spare you from future pain when they are teenagers or adults.

If you teach them this know when they’re little, who know what amazing fruits you will reap when they’re old?

They’ll learn that bad choices can hurt their parents(and themselves). If you’ve been a good Christian parent, and they love you, you will be spared from future pain.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these Proverbs for kids! See you next time :).

2 COMMENTS

  1. I love these! Proverbs is one of my favourite books in the Bible and I regularly read through it. I’ve been studying the 4 Ds of Proverbs, discretion, discernment, diligence and discipline and also doing some Scripture memory videos on a few Proverbs regarding the tongue on my blog.

    • Hi Lizzy! We’re glad you love these! The book of Proverbs is wonderful and the wisdom it contains can change lives. God bless!

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