Biblical Discipline Brings Delight

A mother and her daughter were shopping for father’s day when a little boy pitched a fit in the store, fell on the floor, and kicked his mother as she begged him to get up. Seeing that as a teachable moment, the mother said to her daughter, “Do you know what that boy n … More


The servants of a ruler are apt to become like the ruler and follow his example. If he prefers falsehood to truth, then his servants and those around him will be encouraged to become liars also (v. 12). As we read history and even today we can see this happen so often in government. The Lord gives sight to all men, rich and poor alike (vv. 13-14). The moneylender might have superior economic power to oppress the poor but he needs to remember that they both meet under the watchful eye of the Lord. God blesses those who are thoughtful of those who are weak and less fortunate than they are.

The child who is never disciplined and allowed to do what he wants to do will bring shame to his mother and ruin himself (v. 15). When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increases (v. 16). Contrary to what today’s society may tell us, proper discipline includes both verbal instruction and spankings. Failure to do so produces a child and in turn a society that is overrun by the wicked who feel they can practice all kinds of evil without punishment. On the other hand, following the Biblical principles of discipline will produce children who will bring delight to their parents (v. 17).

Without God’s Word people abandon themselves to their own sinful ways (v. 18). The word “perish” means to run wild. On the other hand keeping God’s law brings happiness. Lack of vision results in a cold, dry, theological, or philosophical treatment of the Scriptures which is given to touch the intellect rather than the heart and the conscience.


Lack of proper discipline in early life produces many problems in later life. I don’t feel that I had the discipline that I needed when I was a child and because of it I have had to learn some hard lessons. I’m thankful that early in our married life we head Dr Bill Rice teach on both the necessity and how to spank our children.

Proverbs 29:12-18 (English Standard Version)

If a ruler listens to falsehood, all his officials will be wicked. The poor man and the oppressor meet together; the LORD gives light to the eyes of both. If a king faithfully judges the poor, his throne will be established forever. The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother. When the wicked increase, transgression increases, but the righteous will look upon their downfall. Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart. Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.

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