“Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.”
“Foolishness”, as pointed out in the book of Proverbs, is equal to sinful thinking and behaviour. For example, Proverbs 19:3 says, “The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.” In other words, foolishness is walking away from the right way in anger and rebellion against the Lord.
Such sinful conduct, the Bible reminds us here, is found in every child. Naturally, every child is inclined towards foolish behaviour egged on by his sinful heart. What evidence of the depravity of humanity!
This is no small matter. There will be disastrous repercussions if parents should take this fact lightly. Foolishness is hard to remove, and it is ultimately ruinous to the soul of the child. So, parents are exhorted to be attentive and diligent to recognise the sinful and foolish bent in their children, and to give timely instruction and chastening so as to turn them away from their sin and folly. There is hope for the parents who love their children and apply the rod of discipline. It takes early detection of the sins and follies of the child to restrain and correct his heart’s perversity, and then to instruct and encourage him to cultivate godly and wise habits.