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Was "spare the rod, spoil the child" a quote from the Bible, or did it come from somehwere else?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 4:25 PM on Jun. 15, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:25 PM on Jun. 15, 2009

  • the bible says to disclipline your child. it does not say "spare the rod, spoil the child"
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:27 PM on Jun. 15, 2009

  • Anon 2, where does that saying come from then?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:29 PM on Jun. 15, 2009

  • The phrase "spare the rod and spoil the child" is often incorrectly attributed to the Christian Bible. It does not appear there. It was first written in a poem by Samuel Butler in 1664. 1

    Corporal punishment is strongly recommended in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament). Most of the biblical quotations advocating corporal punishment of children appear in the book of Proverbs. Christians interpret these passages in different ways:
    mom2twobabes

    Answer by mom2twobabes at 4:32 PM on Jun. 15, 2009

  • Prov 13:24: "He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes (diligently)."
    bullet Prov 19:18: "Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying."
    bullet Prov 22:15: "Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him."
    bullet Prov 23:13: "Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die."
    bullet Prov 23:14: "Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell (Shoel)."
    bullet Prov 29:15: "The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame."
    mom2twobabes

    Answer by mom2twobabes at 4:33 PM on Jun. 15, 2009

  • What it actually says is, "He that spares his rod hates his son; but he that loves him chastens him diligently." Prov 13:24. And ""Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him."
    NannyB.

    Answer by NannyB. at 4:34 PM on Jun. 15, 2009

  • He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him. Proverbs 13:24


    Also see Proverbs 19:18, 22:15, and 23:13. The exact phrase is not there, but the message is.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:39 PM on Jun. 15, 2009

  • "He who spareth the rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him correcteth him betimes" (Proverbs 13:24) and "Withhold not correction from a child: for if thou strike him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and deliver his soul from hell." (Proverbs 23:13-14)

    Yeah pretty messed up right? If you love your kids, beat them!
    MommyKKay

    Answer by MommyKKay at 4:49 PM on Jun. 15, 2009

  • Not beat them as in a pinata just discipline them I dsont think God meant for us to hit them everytime they did something wrong. But to make sure that they listened. Some kids don't cara bout spankings you can spank the mall day long and they don't care. So maybe what the bible is saying is just make sure you teach your children right from wrong and punish the mas need be and don't care about their crying and whining about it. If taking a toy away works better then a spanking then so be it.
    rhanford

    Answer by rhanford at 5:01 PM on Jun. 15, 2009

  • Sometime spanking works when nothing (I mean nothing) else will. Of course thats not true with my kid, but when my dad raised his hand, i behaved, go figure
    mumma28

    Answer by mumma28 at 5:53 PM on Jun. 15, 2009

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