Proverbs

Proverbs 13-15

We are going to do the same thing as yesterday.  Pick one proverb from each chapter.  I love hearing when someone picked one I never would have even noticed,  as much as I love when someone chooses the same one I circled in my Bible.  BUT I want to start with one that is quoted often in misuse: 13:24

Whoever spares the rod hates their children,
but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.

We tend to say Then spare the rod, and spoil the child.”  We think we are quoting the Bible…and we are not!  We are quoting a Poem by Samuel Butler:  “Hudibras” from 1664.

I have heard many people use this in a debate as whether or not we should spank a child. This scripture has been used as a “one size fits all” approach to raising children.  Don’t get me wrong, I have been at the grocery store and so badly wanted to tap a mother on the shoulder sometimes and say “Please spank that kid”. But that is not what this scripture means. As parents disciplining their children they are guiding them in the way they should go. To put it simply, it is to instill in our children right from wrong.

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In the time the scripture was written, and even still today, shepherds used tools to guide their sheep. They use a staff, or a crook, and a rod. The crook is the curved stick you see most often in pictures with shepherds.

  • When sheep fall into a pit or lose sight of their flock, they look down. The curved end of the crook is used to pull the sheep’s head back up and guide it in the way it should go.
  • The rod is used to guide sheep who wandered off from the flock.  It can also be used defensively to keep the sheep safe from predators.

So read it again and think about your own children:

Whoever spares the rod hates their children,
but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.


I circled many and noticed some patterns of “groupings”-like heart, wealth, laziness…etc. were bunched in themes.   But if I have to pick just ONE to write on my mirror today,  it would be 13:20:

Walk with the wise and become wise,
    for a companion of fools suffers harm.