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Hate Your Son or Love Him?

March 29, 2011

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

The Expositor’s Bible Commentary writes on these words:

“Parental love is displayed in disciplining the children responsibly. The powerful verbs “hates” and “loves” stress the point–hating a son probably means, in effect, abandoning or rejecting him. . . . For the general biblical teaching on this, see Ephesians 6:4 and Hebrews 12:5-11; see Proverbs 4:3-4, 10-11 for the balanced tenderness. Too much lenience and too much harsh discipline are equally problematic. The balance comes when the child has room to grow while learning the limits. In this verse the word shiharo has two possibilities. It may be translated “is careful in disciplining” (so NIV) but may be better rendered “treats him early with discipline” (emphasis mine).

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