An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Invisible Death Penalty

(Proverbs 19:18 KJV)  Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.

Why is it so important to discipline your children?  Why is it so important for you to try to discipline other people’s children if they won’t?  The option is death and destruction.

The KJV really misses it in this verse.  This is not an issue of “crying” (4191) but of “death” (NASB).  This word is used over 700 times in the OT and only here does the KJV translate it this way.  The mystery of translators is inscrutable. 

The margin says this means literally “causing him to die.”

This is serious.  I don’t care if you look at it as figurative or literal, now or later, it is disaster.

So?  Don’t put it off.  Children need discipline, correction and an adult influence.  God bless you as you seek to save their lives and souls. 


Gorges Smythe said...

Good post.

Pumice said...

Thank you. It is an important issue.

Grace and peace.