Proverbs 26:3

“A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,

    and a rod for the back of fools.”

Proverbs 26:3

The whip, the bridle, and the rod are three things used to control or guide something. I find it interesting that the fool is mentioned in the same illustration as two animals with no note of distinction.

This is particularly interesting to me because in Genesis much is made of the distinction between man and all other created beings. For example, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Gen 1:27). Man is man in the image of God.

I’m confident that God doesn’t look at fools as animals, but I wonder in this verse he is suggesting that the fool behaves as an animal rather than living on the level of a human who has been made in God’s image.

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