Proverbs 22:15
Proverbs 23:13
For many guardians, one of their many roles was to "beat the Devil" out of wayward children, an idea probably stemming from the popular "biblical" quotation (actually a line from Samuel Butler's satiric rhyme of 1664):

"Love is a boy by poets styled
Then spare the rod, and spoil the child."
--Samuel Butler (1664)

1. Jim Hill, Rand Cheadle The Bible Tells Me So : Uses and Abuses of Holy Scripture

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