0 Spare the rod (Proverbs 12-21)

Episode 175: Spare the rod

Proverbs 12-21

Lying lips

12 1 Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge.

4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband, but a shameful wife is a rottenness in his bones.

10 Righteous people are kind to animals, but wicked people are cruel.

15 Fools are right in their own eyes. The wise listen to counsel.

19 Truth lasts forever, but lies last only a moment.

21 Bad things only happen to bad people.

22 Lying lips are an abomination to God.

25 When people are sad, a kind word can cheer them up.

28 Righteous people never die.

Spare the rod

13 1 A wise son listens to his father.

4 Lazy people are skinny and poor, but God makes the diligent fat.

8 The ransom for a man's life are his riches.

22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his grandchildren.

When sinners die, their money is given to just people.

24 A father who spares the rod, hates his son,

but he who loves his son beats him with a rod sometimes.

25 Righteous people eat as much as they want, but wicked people are always hungry.

The simple believe every word

14 13 Even in laughter there is some sadness.

15 The simple believe every word. The wise require evidence.

16 Fools are overconfident.

17 Those who are easily angered often act foolishly.

21 It’s wrong to despise your neighbor.

Happy are those who are merciful to the poor.

A soft answer

15 1 A soft answer turns away wrath.

3 God's eyes are on everything.

6 The houses of righteous people are filled with treasure, but wicked people are poor.

20 A wise son makes a glad father.

A foolish man despises his mother.

30 A good report makes the bones fat.

A crown of glory

16 4 God made everything for himself, even wicked people for the day of evil.

7 If you please God, you'll have no enemies.

10 The king speaks for God, he’s never wrong.

12 The king's throne is established by righteousness.

14 Kings kill people when they get angry.

16 Wisdom and understanding are better than silver or gold.

18 Pride goes before a fall.

19 It's better to be humble than proud.

28 Don't gossip.

31 Grey hair is a crown of glory.

17 17 A friend is a friend forever.

22 Happiness is good for you.

28 A wise fool keeps his mouth shut.

A fool's lips

18 6 A fool's speech invites flogging.

13 Don't answer a question before you hear it.

22 It is good for a man to marry.

24 To have a friend, you must be a friend.

There are no friends closer than family.

Corporal punishment for children and fools

19 2 Ignorance is not a good thing.

18 Beat your children while they are young, and don't stop when they cry.

23 If you fear God, nothing bad will ever happen to you.

29 Scorners should be punished, and fools should be beaten.

The inward parts of the belly

20 1 Don't drink alcohol.

2 If you make the king angry, he'll kill you.

8 Kings drive away evil with their eyes.

17 The bread of deceit is sweet at the time, but afterwards it is filled with gravel.

19 Avoid flatterers and gossips.

20 Children who curse their father or mother will have their lamps put out in darkness.

23 A false balance isn't good.

26 Wise kings torture wicked people by driving a wheel over them.

27 The human spirit is God's candle searching the inner parts of the belly.

29 Grey hair makes old men beautiful.

30 The blueness of a wound removes evil.

So do stripes on the inward parts of the belly.

Brawling, angry, and contentious women

21 1 The king's heart is in God's hands.

9 It's better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a big house with a brawling woman.

18 Wicked people will be a ransom for the righteous.

19 It's better to live in the wilderness than with a contentious and angry woman.

23 If you keep your mouth shut, you'll stay out of trouble.

A few more words about this episode

Spare the rod (Proverb 13)
One of the most famous "proverbs" is "Spare the rod, spoil the rod." But it isn't in the book of Proverbs. There is one with "spare the rod", though, and that is Proverb 13:24, which reads, "He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes."
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