While each verse could be a stand-alone proverb, these two are often considered together as the second half of special Saying 17 of the Sayings of the Wise (22:17-24:34). The focus is on family relationships.
Verse 24 is a straightforward statement: “The father of a righteous child has great joy and a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.” Any parent who’s been here certainly appreciates the feeling!
Verse 25 follows the same theme, but is directed to all of us sons and daughters: “May your father and mother rejoice, may she who gave you birth be joyful!
The focus here is on “joy” and “rejoicing” in our children based on their decisions and choices. It’s not about our love for them.
At the baptism of Jesus, the God the Father spoke from Heaven and said, “This is my son, whom I love, with Him I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17).
The Father’s “love” for His Son was based on the Father’s own character. The Father being “well pleased” was based on His Son’s character.
Parental love should be unconditional — and that’s based on the nature of the parent! Parental joy in their children would be centered on the nature of their children — their decisions and choices.
It has been said, “I love them, but I sure don’t like them right now!”
I think verse 25 is the conclusion of the matter. It reminds all us kids to tighten up!