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Raising a Child From Proverbs

Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Fathers, God has given us the responsibility of training our children (Ephesians 6:4). Proverbs will teach us how.
"He who withholds his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him diligently" (Proverbs 13:24, New American Standard Bible). We must discipline/train our children diligently (staying on task). We cannot truthfully tell our children we love them if we are not training them.
"Discipline your son while there is hope, And do not desire his death" (Proverbs 19:18, NASB). This Proverb teaches us that there is a window of time when our children can receive this training/discipline/instruction. We must act during this time.
"Withhold not correction from the child: for
die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell" (Proverbs 23:13-14). These Proverbs tell us that right use of the rod will deliver the souls of our children from hell. If we do not discipline our children, we are desiring their deaths.
"The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left
to himself
shame. Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul. Where
there is
no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy
he. A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer" (Proverbs 29:15-19). These Proverbs tell us that BOTH the rod and reproof are necessary for wisdom, that our children need a vision or they will be unrestrained, that words alone (reproof) will not accomplish our goal, and that our goal is to be able to delight in our children when their training is done.
Grace to you.
thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not
bringeth his mother to
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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.
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