Observations: 29:15-21 Disciplining your children result in delight. Wisdom is a function of both the rod (punishment/negative reinforcement) and reproof (instruction, bring error to light). An inconsistent, lazy parent will be shamed by their foolish child. The wise parent will raise wise children who are a delight. This is also the secret to raising kids with great self-esteem (see The Magic Lamp of Self-esteem on Truthbase.net). When both kids and people do not have Revelation to guide them, they cast off all restraints, and revert to barbaric behavior. (Have you been on a college campus on the weekend recently?) Correction must be accompanied by consequences, both for kids and employees. Mere words tend to be ignored. Speaking of mere words, not thinking through what one says and the potential impact on others is not wise, but beyond foolish. In verse 21 “pampered” and “insolent” only occur once in the OT, so the translation is difficult. Based upon similar words in other languages, the pampered servant will seek to assume the inheritance rights of a son.
Ezek 34:12 “As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among his scattered sheep, so will I seek out My sheep and deliver them from all the places where they were scattered... 13 And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land; I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, in the valleys and in all the inhabited places of the country. 14 I will feed them in good pasture, and their fold shall be on the high mountains of Israel. There they shall lie down in a good fold and feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. 15 I will feed My flock, and I will make them lie down," says the Lord Yahweh. 16 "I will seek what was lost and bring back what was driven away, bind up the broken and strengthen what was sick; but I will destroy the fat and the strong, and feed them in judgment." 23 “I will establish one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them - My servant David. He shall feed them and be their shepherd.”