FYI: Spare NOT the Rod

FYI: Spare NOT the Rod

The following quotations come from the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible:

Proverbs 13:24: “He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes (diligently).”

Proverbs 19:18: “Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.”

Proverbs 22:15: “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.”

Proverbs 23:13: “Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.”

Proverbs 23:14: “Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell (Shoel).”

Proverbs 29:15: “The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.”

Spare the rod spoil the child means if you don’t discipline your child then you are spoiling them.

Some people believe in discipline, but not in physical discipline such as spanking. However, the Bible is the FINAL WORD on what is truth; it is not mere opinion or theory. The word rod indicates a THIN STICK or SWITCH that can be used to give a small amount of physical pain with no lasting physical injury. A child should never be bruised, injured, or cut by a physical correction.

Why is spanking a child necessary? I’m glad that you asked. All children are born sinful (Romans 5:12–19). Their natural self is DESTRUCTIVE and unrighteous. That does not mean they aren’t valuable and worthy of love (Psalm 127:3). It means that they are not born with any natural “goodness” in them. That is why ALL CHILDREN need discipline. Proverbs 22:15 says, “Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him.” Discipline is critical for wisdom (Proverbs 29:15), and a child who obeys his parents will be wise (Proverbs 13:1). And even adults who do not heed correction will feel the consequences of their foolishness (Proverbs 10:13).

NOW YOU KNOW….

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