Proverbs 29:15
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New International Version
A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom, but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother.

New Living Translation
To discipline a child produces wisdom, but a mother is disgraced by an undisciplined child.

English Standard Version
The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.

New American Standard Bible
The rod and reproof give wisdom, But a child who gets his own way brings shame to his mother.

King James Bible
The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a youth left to himself is a disgrace to his mother.

International Standard Version
The rod and rebuke bestow wisdom, but an undisciplined child brings shame to his mother.

NET Bible
A rod and reproof impart wisdom, but a child who is unrestrained brings shame to his mother.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A rod and reproof give wisdom and a boy without discipline shames his mother.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A spanking and a warning produce wisdom, but an undisciplined child disgraces his mother.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself shall bring his mother to shame.

King James 2000 Bible
The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself brings his mother to shame.

American King James Version
The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself brings his mother to shame.

American Standard Version
The rod and reproof give wisdom; But a child left to himself causeth shame to his mother.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The rod and reproof give wisdom: but the child that is left to his own will bringeth his mother to shame.

Darby Bible Translation
The rod and reproof give wisdom; but a child left [to himself] bringeth his mother to shame.

English Revised Version
The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself causeth shame to his mother.

Webster's Bible Translation
The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.

World English Bible
The rod of correction gives wisdom, but a child left to himself causes shame to his mother.

Young's Literal Translation
A rod and reproof give wisdom, And a youth let away is shaming his mother.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

29:11. He is a fool who tells every thing he knows, and can keep no counsel. 12. One who loves flatterers, and hearkens to slanderers, causes his servants to become liars and false accusers. 13. Some are poor, others have a great deal of deceitful riches. They meet in the business of this world; the Lord gives to both the comforts of this life. To some of both sorts he gives his grace. 14. The rich will look to themselves, but the poor and needy the prince must defend and plead for. 15. Parents must consider the benefit of due correction, and the mischief of undue indulgence. 16. Let not the righteous have their faith and hope shocked by the increase of sin and sinners, but let them wait with patience. 17. Children must not be suffered to go without rebuke when they do amiss. 18. How bare does a place look without Bibles and ministers! and what an easy prey is it to the enemy of souls! That gospel is an open vision, which holds forth Christ, which humbles the sinner and exalts the Saviour, which promotes holiness in the life and conversation: and these are precious truths to keep the soul alive, and prevent it from perishing.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 15. - The rod and reproof give wisdom to the young. The former denotes bodily correction, what we call corporal punishment; the latter, discipline in words, rebuke administered when any moral fault is noticed. The idea here enunciated is very common in this book (see Proverbs 10:1, 13; Proverbs 13:24; Proverbs 23:13). But a child loft to himself bringeth his mother to shame. The verb translated "left" (שָׁלַח, shalach) is used in Job 39:5 of the wild ass left to wander free where it wills. A child allowed to do as he likes, undisciplined - spoiled, as we call it - is a shame to his mother, whose weakness has led to this want of restraint, fond love degenerating into over-indulgence (comp. Proverbs 17:21; Proverbs 28:7). Septuagint, "A son that goeth astray shameth his parents."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The rod and reproof give wisdom,.... Are the means of giving wisdom to a child, reproved by its parent with the rod; and of driving out foolishness from him, and of making him wiser for the time to come; he shunning those evils for which he was before corrected, Proverbs 22:15; So the children of God grow wiser by the corrections and chastisements of their heavenly Father, which are always for their good; and he is a man of wisdom that hearkens to the rod, and to him that has appointed it, and learns the proper instructions from it, Micah 6:9;

but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame; a child that has the reins thrown upon his neck, is under no restraint of parents, but suffered to take his own way, is left to do his own will and pleasure; he does those things which his parents are ashamed of, one as well as another; though the mother is only mentioned, being generally most fond and indulgent, and most criminal in suffering children to have their own wills and ways; and so has the greater share in the shame that follows on such indulgences.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. (Compare Pr 13:24; 23:13).

Proverbs 29:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Stiff-Necked will Be Destroyed
14If a king judges the poor with truth, His throne will be established forever. 15The rod and reproof give wisdom, But a child who gets his own way brings shame to his mother. 16When the wicked increase, transgression increases; But the righteous will see their fall.…
Cross References
Proverbs 10:1
The proverbs of Solomon: A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son brings grief to his mother.

Proverbs 13:24
Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.

Proverbs 17:25
A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to the mother who bore him.

Proverbs 19:18
Discipline your children, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to their death.

Proverbs 22:15
Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.

Proverbs 29:17
Discipline your children, and they will give you peace; they will bring you the delights you desire.
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