17 “The eye that mocks a father,
that scorns an aged mother,
will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley,
will be eaten by the vultures.
The fifth commandment, “Honor your father and mother,” is supported with a reason – “so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” In other words it may not come naturally to honor your parents, but it is for your own good as well as theirs. Here we are given the other side of the issue, the one who mocks and scorns his parents exposes himself to being preyed upon. The path of resentment is filled with temptations and pitfalls, what good comes to those who choose it?