12 Things People Think Are In The Bible, But Really Aren’t

2. Spare the rod, spoil the child

Though this sounds much like a quote from the book of Proverbs, its known origin dates back to 1377 and is considered to be based on Proverbs 13:24, but does not appear in the Bible. William Langland’s The vision of William concerning Piers Plowman is the earliest recorded source of the adage.

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