“A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.”
Just as a horse needs whipped to keep going and a donkey needs directed which way to go, a rod of correction is fitly used for a fool.
“Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.”
Correction is needful and necessary.
“In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.”
Wisdom allows us to receive reproof, while a fool disregards any correction.
“A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.”
Children are born into foolishness, and correction is the only way to remove it.
“Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.”
“Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.”
We are wise to consider any reproof we are offered rather than to require the rod of correction.
2 Samuel 9-10 | 1 Corinthians 6 | Proverbs 19
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