“Do not withhold correction from a child, for if you beat him with a rod, he will not die. You shall beat him with a rod, and deliver his soul from hell” (vs 13)
Parents must discipline their children even though it is not a pleasant experience. The immediate and temporary discomfort and pain will save the child from continuing to rebel. It is better to endure a little pain for a season than eternity in hell.
vs 15-16 A wise child will make for happy parents. Children ought to seek to please their parents and be a blessing to them. If you make your parents happy, you will be happy.
“Do not let your heart envy sinners, but be zealous for the fear of the Lord all the day; for surely there is a hereafter, and your hope will not be cut off.” (vs 17-18)
Do not live for this world but for heaven. Even though ungodly people may appear to be having “fun” doing the wrong things, we should not be jealous of them. As we deny ourselves and live for heaven, we will surely be rewarded with better, eternal things.
vs 23 We must seek after truth and when we find it, cherish it and don’t let go. “Buy the truth and sell it not…also wisdom and instruction and understanding.” These are the most valuable things. People who can give us these things are valuable as well.
– Asher, Malachi, and Pat Woods