Furthermore, it isn't good to fine the righteous, or to beat an official because of his uprightness.
If the guilty person deserves a beating, the judge will make him lie down and be beaten in his presence with the number of lashes fit for his crime.
If you scourge a scoffer, the simple person may learn to be discreet; rebuke a discerning man and he will gain understanding.
A rebuke is more effective with a man of understanding than a hundred lashes to a fool.
Condemnation is appropriate for mockers, just as beatings are for the backs of fools.
Don't withhold discipline from a child; if you punish him with a rod, he won't die.
Punish him with a rod, and you will rescue his soul from Sheol.