Proverbs 3:12

12 because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.a

Read Proverbs 3:12 Using Other Translations

For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
for the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.
For the LORD corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.

What does Proverbs 3:12 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 3:12

For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth
This is a reason why the children of God should not despise corrections, nor be weary of them; since they spring from love, are given in love, nor is there any abatement of it in them: when the Lord chastens and corrects, he does not take away his lovingkindness from them; yea, it is because he loves them that therefore he thus deals with them; wherefore they ought to be patiently bore, and kindly taken by them; even as a father the son [in whom] he delighteth;
as a father chastens and corrects his son, whom he dearly loves, and has the greatest pleasure in, so the Lord chastens and corrects his people; see ( Deuteronomy 8:5 ) . There is such a relation subsisting between them as that of father and son, which flows from the inexpressible love of God to them; and which is a love of complacency and delight in them, and is invariable and unchangeable, and continues the same under all their afflictions; as appears by what he does for them in them, and by the issue of them; he knows their souls in adversity, and chooses them in the furnace of affliction; he pays love visits to them, and comforts them under all their tribulation; he sympathizes with them, and supports them; he makes their bed in their affliction, and delivers out of it, or takes them to himself: the issue is always his own glory, and their good.

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