Many of us have heard the phrase: spare the rod; spare the child. Many of us have heard people use that phrase to justify spanking as a form of punishment. Many of us have also heard that the rod spoken of in this phrase is more akin to a shepherdâ€™s crook, used to nudge and coax sheep.
But then Mary and I came across Ps. 23:13â€”14.
Withhold notÂ correction from the child: forÂ if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.
That doesnâ€™t seem to leave much room for interpreting this as anything but endorsing corporal punishment.