Eschew Envy Of Transgressors
And Embrace The Fear Of The Lord
17 Do not let your heart envy sinners,
but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord.
18 There is surely a future hope for you,
and your hope will not be cut off.
Proverbs Club Commentary
Avoid the way of the sinner.
Pursue The Fear Of The Lord.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Speaking Of Wisdom
15 My son, if your heart is wise,
then my heart will be glad indeed;
16 my inmost being will rejoice
when your lips speak what is right.
If your spirit is wise,
wisdom will grace your speech.
Discipline, Punishment, And The Rod
13 Do not withhold discipline from a child;
if you punish them with the rod, they will not die.
14 Punish them with the rod
and save them from death.
New International Version (NIV)
Disciplining children, in the main, has been discouraged in our current society.
Disciplining with a rod would certainly bring you major blowback
from your local authorities.
Punishment itself is rarely productive, and often counter-productive.
Physical discipline should not be used today, to protect all involved.
Apply Your Ears And Heart
12 Apply your heart to instruction
and your ears to words of knowledge.
Gather relevant information
and commit to administer it.
Cheating The Fatherless
10 Do not move an ancient boundary stone
or encroach on the fields of the fatherless,
11 for their Defender is strong;
he will take up their case against you.
God will come against those who cheat the helpless.