The right ‘rod’

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Since the Bible, the Old and New Testaments, both teach us to love one another, doesn’t it seem inconsistent for God to tell us to beat our children?

We all misunderstand the meaning behind “Spare the rod and spoil the child.”

Years ago the Recorder printed an article written by a rabbi on this very quote in which he explains that the word translated as rod actually means not a tool for torture but means the “word of God.” He expects us to teach our children values that will help them grow up to be responsible adults, that’s all.

Barbara Bassett