When I was a son with my father,
a tender and only son in the sight of my mother, Bible see other translations

“only son.” This phrase is rare (under ten times in MT), but its most prominent use is in Genesis 22:2, where it means “only son” within that context. The fact that the teacher says “only son in the sight of my mother” means he may not have been the only son, but felt special as if he was.

Commentary for: Proverbs 4:3