Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell. Proverbs, Chapter 23, verses 13 and 14.
The Bible doesn’t mean it’s acceptable to beat your child when you’ve had a hard day at work or you’ve lost your temper. I think this Bible verse is referring to them getting a branch and swatting their child’s bottom when they have made significant mistakes to warrant it. I think this was done to motivate them to not make that severe of a mistake again. (My parents used a paddle which used to have a rubber ball attached. My uncle drew a “frownie face” on it, which worked as a deterrent for more serious infractions. My parents didn’t do this in a fit of rage. Time out and logical consequences seemed to work for most situations, but there are times when more serious consequences are necessary.)
I think of talk shows that have mothers and fathers as guests who can’t control their kids. Their kids seem to control the adults and their household climate. Their children are hateful and self-willed and bully other students at school. The police are now holding the parents responsible for not controlling these children. This Bible verse makes me think it’s better to reprimand the children when they are younger than to have to deal with the police later.
Of course, there are children who get into the wrong groups and get involved in drugs and other vices that change the child’s whole personality. That’s why it’s vitally important that parents take an active role in their child’s life. It can be difficult when parents work and the child has time to hang around with friends after school. Raising our children by taking them to Sunday school and Church on a regular basis can prove to be beneficial. It is better that children grow up with positive Christian values, rules and consequences. This may give them a better sense of right and wrong that could keep them from being so vulnerable to negative influences. It sure beats having to go to court to explain why your child is unruly.
Here are some related passages:
*The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him. Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice. Proverbs, Chapter 23, verses 24-25.
*Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul. Proverbs, Chapter 29, verse 17.
Because this is an example of how I’ve applied this Bible passage to my life, it doesn't necessarily reflect the whole meaning of the passage.
This is a connection I've made from this Bible passage. Please share your connections.
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