Proverbs 23:14

14 Punish them with the rod and save them from death.

Proverbs 23:14 in Other Translations

14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.
14 If you strike him with the rod, you will save his soul from Sheol.
14 Physical discipline may well save them from death.
14 A good spanking, in fact, might save them from something worse than death
14 Strike him with a rod, and you will rescue his life from Sheol.

Proverbs 23:14 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 23:14

Thou shall beat him with the rod
Or, correct him with the stripes of the children of men, in a moderate and suitable manner, proportionable to the fault committed; and as he is able to bear it, both as to body and mind; and shalt deliver his soul from hell;
be a means of preventing those sins which would bring to hell and destruction; and of bringing to repentance for those committed; and so of saving his soul, which should be the chief thing parents should have in view in chastising their children; the salvation of whose souls should be dear unto them, as it is to all truly gracious and thoughtful ones.

Proverbs 23:14 In-Context

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;
16 my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak what is right.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Proverbs 13:24; S Proverbs 19:18