What does "spare the rod, spoil the child" really mean?

To many people, it means corporal punishment, spanking. But I think it just means correction, not implying violence. Anyway, it wasn`t Christ who said that, it was Solomon. And we can't talke the Bible literally. This is nonsense, it was written for the society of 2000 years ago. If we do take the Bible... show more To many people, it means corporal punishment, spanking. But I think it just means correction, not implying violence. Anyway, it wasn`t Christ who said that, it was Solomon.

And we can't talke the Bible literally. This is nonsense, it was written for the society of 2000 years ago. If we do take the Bible literally, then women are second class human beings
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