From the March/April 1999 issue of Mothering Magazine:

Dr. William Sears is commenting on Prov. 22:15, 13:24, 29:15....

He writes:


"At    first reading, these passages might seem to support spanking. But this is not the only way to interpret them. The term rod is used throughout the Bible in connection with the sheperd's staff: "Your rod and your staff, they comfort me" (Psalms 23:4). The shepherd's staff is, in fact, used to guide wandering sheep along the right path, not to hit sheep who stray. So a compassionate reader could interpret the Bible as saying that parents must lead and guide their children but not harm them. This teaching is developed beautifully in the book A Shepherd Looks at Psalm, 23, by Philip Keller.  Finally, note that references to the "rod" are found primarily in the Old  Testament. In the New Testament, Christ preaches compassion, love, and  understanding, as does Paul. We would hope that all parents, hearing  teachers warn about sparing the rod remember Paul's words in 1 Corinthians: 'Shall I come to you with a rod, or in love and the spirit of gentleness?'"

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