Proverbs 23:13

Saying 13

13 Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish them with the rod, they will not die.

Read Proverbs 23:13 Using Other Translations

Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.
Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod, he will not die.
Don’t fail to discipline your children. The rod of punishment won’t kill them.

What does Proverbs 23:13 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 23:13

Withhold not correction from the child
When he has committed a fault, and correction is necessary; for to spare it is the ruin of the child, and no proof of true affection in the parent, but the reverse; see ( Proverbs 13:24 ) ( 19:18 ) ; for, [if] thou beatest him with a rod, he shall not die;
if he be beaten moderately, there is no danger of his dying under the rod, or with the stripes given him; besides, such moderate and proper corrections may be a means of preserving him from such crimes as would bring him to a shameful and untimely death, and so he shall not die such a death; and by such means, through the grace of God, he may escape the second, or eternal death.

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