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.



11 thoughts on “Proverbs 13-15

  1. One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing;
    another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.

    As a child I spent time with my grandfather( hard working farmer). He said watch out for people who dress really nice cause they are trying to impress people.
    The ones who dress normal are the ones who have money and really don’t need to impress anyone.

    Another story goes with this verse.

    My Dad was a Mayor of a small town and he was going to give a speech for the new Wal-Mart that was opening. Of course he was dressed in a suit and was waiting for Sam Walton to show up. Well they waited and waited and a man in overalls came up to him and said
    “When is this going to start”. My Dad said sir we are waiting on Sam Walton. He laughed and shock his hand and said “ I am Sam Walton”.
    So the ribbon cutting began.

    So many of these verses remind me of these sayings my grandparents use to use. Little did I know they were using the Bible for guidance.

    By now you know I am old… lol

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  2. 13:22- a good person leaves inheritance for their children’s children.
    Dave Ramsey!!!! I strive to be wise and generous with my money.

    14:17- a quick tempered person does foolish things

    I have been praying to learn to “argue” and “discuss” things in a better form with my loved ones and to keep my mouth shut when I need to.

    14:26- whoever fears the lord has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge.

    I want my future kids to consider their childhood, home, and family a refuge.

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  3. 13:20 Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.

    A couple of sayings come to mind with this verse: you ARE the company you keep; you can’t soar with the eagles if you’re running with the turkeys.

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  4. 13:10 Pride leads to arguments; those who take advice are wise.

    13:25 The godly eat to their hearts’ content, but the belly of the wicked goes hungry.

    14:30 A relaxed attitude lengthens life; jealousy rots it away

    15:1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger.

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  5. I’m going to add 2 more to my collection of proverbial scripture about your friends…
    On yesterday’s post I mentioned:
    Ch 12: v15
    Ch 12: v26

    Today I’ll mention:
    Ch 13: v20
    He who walks with wise men will be wise,
    But the companion of fools will be destroyed.

    Ch 15: v22
    Without counsel, plans go awry,
    But in the multitude of counselors they are established..

    The lesson from all this? Keep Godly friends who keep you on the right path.
    And allow counsel and criticism from them


  6. 13:10 Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advise. I’ve fallen most times when I think I know better, and been blessed by Godly Wise counsel, prayer and reading the Word!
    14:29 The fear (reverence) of the LORD is a fountain of life, to turn one away from the snares of death.
    15:31 The ear that hears the rebukes of life, will abide among the wise. Listen and learn, who doesn’t want to be wise?


    1. Patti, you have been marinating in scripture for years. I don’t know you, but I can sense it. Maybe God is calling you to mentor people in what the Word says, directly from the Bible.


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