“Whoever curses his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in deep darkness.” (Proverbs 20:20)
“Listen to your father, this one fathered you, and do not despise your mother when she is old.” (Proverbs 23:22)
“The eye [that] mocks [its] father and despises to obey [its] mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, the sons of the eagle shall eat it.” (Proverbs 30:17)
Though an unbeliever, George Swinnock sits in Moses’ seat with the following comments (cf. Matthew 23:2):
“Where there is holiness in a child, he will honour his parents, and God hath ruined them that have refused to do it. There are three things which are dear to a man — his soul, his life, and his good name. Undutiful children that invert the order of nature, contemn the authority of God in that of their parents, prove monsters of ingratitude to their greatest earthly benefactors, have been plagued and punished by God in the loss of all the three (Prov. xx. 20, and xxx. 17).
It is observed of the cudweed that the younger leaves overtop the elder; so many cursed children think they are never high enough unless they trample upon their parents as their footstool. It is too usual with the sons of Belial to nod their heads, to wink with their eyes, and wriggle their mouths at their parents, and often in derision to call them the old man, and the old woman, and perhaps the old doating fool; but I would have such remember but this one verse of God’s word, which hundreds of such children have experienced in this world: ‘The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth his mother, the ravens of the valleys shall peck it out, and the young eagles shall eat it,’ Prov. xxx. 17.” (George Swinnock, Works)
God through the apostle Paul, writes:
“Children, obey your parents in [the] Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother, which is [the] first commandment with a promise, that it may be well with you, and you may be long-lived on the earth. And fathers, do not provoke your children, but nurture them in [the] discipline and admonition of [the] Lord.” (Ephesians 6:1-4)
More on the monstrous spectacle of noxious weeds springing up suddenly from a nurturing garden.
“Most are about them as weeds are about the corn — to choke and hinder, not to comfort and help their parents. Ah, how many of these branches grow up about their fathers as trees about our windows — to hinder their light and darken their lives.” (George Swinnock, Works)
Some children of godly parents have waxed fat and kicked, just like Jeshurun; they have, over time, grown contemptuous of the paideia of the Lord.