Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder.
Perhaps there is special need for this counsel in these days. Nothing is more beautiful than to see young persons attentive and respectful to the old. It may not be easy to take slow steps with an infirm aged person, but the time lost in the journey is well spent.
Max O’Rell somewhere has a word about the attention of a daughter to her father. He speaks of it as one of the most beautiful things one sees, and perhaps as rare as beautiful. Mothers get a great deal more attention from their children than fathers do. That is well – they deserve it; but fathers, too, hunger for love and for kindness from their children, and it is well worthwhile for a bright girl or a happy boy to give a tired father a measure of care and attention now and then.
Humility is the keynote of this chapter. The young are exhorted to be the subject to the elder.
We are all exhorted to gird ourselves with humility; then we are to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God.