Proverbs 3:12

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

Proverbs 3:12 in Other Translations

12 For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
12 for the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.
12 For the LORD corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.
12 It's the child he loves that God corrects; a father's delight is behind all this. The Very Tree of Life
12 for the Lord disciplines the one He loves, just as a father, the son he delights in.

Proverbs 3:12 Meaning and Commentary

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.

Proverbs 3:12 In-Context

10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
11 My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke,
12 because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.
13 Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding,
14 for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Proverbs 13:24; Revelation 3:19
  • 2. S Deuteronomy 8:5; S Job 5:17; Hebrews 12:5-6*

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Hebrew; Septuagint "loves, / and he chastens everyone he accepts as his child"
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