What does "Spare the rod, spoil the child" mean?

Does it mean that

1. you should not spank, but instead spoil from love,

or does it mean

2. that if you don't correctly punish, you will spoil the child?

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  • 4 years ago

    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.

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  • 7 years ago

    Spare the rod, spoil the child tells parents that if we don't beat our children they'll wind up with an oversized sense of entitlement. Like many admonitions in the bible (an eye for an eye, stone the adulterer, lop off the thief's hand) this one has 'gone by the boards'; in fact, in many jurisdictions, spanking, caning, slapping and other forms of corporal punishment of children is prohibited by law.

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  • 7 years ago

    Basically it means you spoil the child by not whooping him, but yea don't use the rod , as long you properly discipline according to what the child has done then everything should be ok

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  • 7 years ago

    2. that if you don't correctly punish, you will spoil the child

    "abusive quote from the Old Testament"

    hard to believe, but some still believe that corporal punishment is a good idea.

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  • 7 years ago

    2... The best way to read this phrase is "If you spare the rod (do not discipline), you will spoil the child.

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  • 7 years ago

    Spoil the child means something interesting.

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  • 7 years ago

    Prov. You should punish a child when he or she misbehaves, because if you do not, the child will grow up expecting everyone to indulge him or her.

    If you decide to let your misbehaving children go unpunished, the will be spoiled and self entitled later on in life.

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    It mean to discipline your child or they will never learn but be spoiled.

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  • 7 years ago

    It means if a child does something wrong and you go too easy on him/her then the child will consider it acceptable.

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