Proverbs 23:13

Saying 13

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

Proverbs 23:13 in Other Translations

KJV
13 Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.
ESV
13 Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod, he will not die.
NLT
13 Don’t fail to discipline your children. The rod of punishment won’t kill them.
MSG
13 Don't be afraid to correct your young ones; a spanking won't kill them.
CSB
13 Don't withhold correction from a youth; if you beat him with a rod, he will not die.

Proverbs 23:13 Meaning and Commentary

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.

Proverbs 23:13 In-Context

11 for their Defender is strong; he will take up their case against you.
12 Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.
13 Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish them with the rod, they will not die.
14 Punish them with the rod and save them from death.
15 My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad indeed;