“For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous,
lest the righteous put forth their hands to iniquity.”
It is always God’s chastening rod that is upon the righteous, not the rod of Satan, or of evil men. If the wicked were in charge of chastening God’s children, they would be so abused that they would be driven to resort to measures that are not godly. God chastises His children, not the wicked, and in doing so, He never goes too far or provokes His children to do evil. David was comforted by God’s rod, not tormented by it. He even sang a song about it: “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. Your rod and your staff they comfort me” (Ps. 23:1–2, 4).