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Proverbs 23:13-14 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

13 [a]Do not withhold discipline from youths;
    if you beat them with the rod, they will not die.
14 Beat them with the rod,
    and you will save them from Sheol.


  1. 23:13–14 The young will not die from instructional blows but from their absence, for (premature) death results from uncorrected folly. The sardonic humor means the exhortation is not to be taken literally, as an argument for corporal punishment. The next verses (vv. 15–16) are exceedingly tender toward the young.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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Proverbs 23:13-14 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

13 Do not withhold discipline from your children;
    if you beat them with a rod, they will not die.
14 If you beat them with the rod,
    you will save their lives from Sheol.

New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

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Proverbs 23:13-14 Good News Translation (GNT)


13 Don't hesitate to discipline children. A good spanking won't kill them. 14 As a matter of fact, it may save their lives.

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Proverbs 23:13-14 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

13 Do not hold back discipline from the child,
Although you [a]strike him with the rod, he will not die.
14 You shall [b]strike him with the rod
And rescue his soul from Sheol.


  1. Proverbs 23:13 Lit smite
  2. Proverbs 23:14 Lit smite
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Proverbs 23:13-14 New International Version (NIV)

Saying 13

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)

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