Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
9 They are a garland to grace your head
and a chain to adorn your neck.
When you first read this you may interpret as I did thinking King Solomon is referring to your biological parents, when in fact, he is referring to himself. He is speaking to his scholars with paternal authority and affection. Teachers among the Hebrews were commonly called Fathers, and their scholars their sons.
As he continues he adds, “do not forsake your mothers teaching.”
As children grow up, they can tend to dismiss their mothers’ advice. “Mother knows best” is a phrase that can sometimes be said in jest. However, King Solomon knew that this advice we get from our mothers as children came from a place of protection and love similar to how God loves us. This early advice when respected as adults can help us to remain honorable in the sight of God and of men, and so we should remember it daily as if it were a part of our daily wardrobe.
I wear the Father’s instruction as garland of love and grace.