You rather have no idea the Greek if you don't consider the phrase "rod" method to spank! Yes, a Shepherd does use a rod and a employees, however the rod was once used to self-discipline the sheep, and also to safeguard them from wolves, lions and bears. The employees was used to pull the sheep far from hazard, due to the fact the hook on the tip of a "Shepherd's Hook". So, for a greater figuring out of the verse, it sincerely method to right and self-discipline your baby with a view to steer them within the proper direction (in the direction of God). Commonly that requires drive. Frequently that requires a tender nudge. It's up to the parent to make a decision which is required.