Where can you find such wise men? Of course, in a church of Jesus Christ following the old-time religion of God’s word.
As a matter of fact, Jesus obeyed this proverb toward scorners He met. After rebuking and shaming them, He would walk away (Luke 13:17).
Proverbs 9:8 – Bible Verse Reading
“Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you. Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.”
In general, the Proverbs 9 Bible Verse teaches us to avoid the wicked people. For sure, you are not obligated to debate them. And, also, do not let your pride honor them by continuing to fight.
So to say, you have been warned to leave them alone.
Below is a similar verse – Matthew 15:12-14
“He said about them, “Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. Let them alone: they are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch”
As can be seen, Jesus Christ commanded you not to cast your pearls before swine nor give holy things to dogs.
Not forgetting, the pearls and holy things are the precious jewels of God’s wisdom and truth. Additionally, He gave two wise reasons.
On one hand, these conceited, brute beasts will first mock your words. And, on the other hand, then they will twist them against you.
Expounding on the Proverbs 9 Verse
How do you know if someone is wise? See how they handle correction because correction exposes our insecurities.
The mocker will feel threatened and respond negatively, while the wise person will see the care in the correction.
No one is perfect, and the sooner that we admit that and humble ourselves to others the sooner we are on God’s road to wisdom.
Below are some of the key elements to consider;
» Learning to Judge
Can you identify a scorner and a wise man? Do you know how to treat each one? God wants you to be prudent and successful with people.
Avoid scorners, for they do not deserve truth and will hate you; correct wise men and they will love you.
» Testing your character
Are you a scorner or a wise man? The difference is huge. It depends on how you take correction.
Either you are the worst person in Proverbs, the best, or in between. God and good men will either show you more truth or let you live life in error.
» Seeing your future
If you are a scorner – mocking or ridiculing parents or pastors God has sent to warn you – then He has already cut you off from the truth.
This prospect should terrify you. If you love His warnings and messengers, He will pour out more truth to you.
Men react two ways to reproof or rebuke; the difference shows their heart and character. Some appreciate the correction, learn from it, and love the messenger.
Others resent and reject it and hate the messenger. Set your character first, and then wisely discern others.
The Proverbs 9 Bible Verse Lessons
First, and less important, you must learn to respond like a wise man to correction. Second, and more importantly, you must recognize the character of others and treat them as the proverb states.
Some men do not deserve reproof and God’s truth. Finally, if God tells you to reject scorners, guess what He has already done to them.
» Proverbs 9 on Wiseness
They know that true love will rebuke and wound them, and they prefer this to the kisses and deceitful love of enemies (Pr 27:5-6).
When you reprove such a man, he will appreciate and love you for it, so do it (Pr 25:12).
» Proverbs 9 on Foolishness
Scorners are even worse than fools, for their raging pride will not accept rebuke; they will hate the message and the messenger (Pr 9:7).
Their haughty conceit causes them to despise instruction, correction, or warning (Pr 26:12). Beware of them, dear reader.
A haughty and self-righteous person will reject seven men with good reasons (Pr 26:16). Scorners reject advice that could save them, for they arrogantly hate being corrected.
As I conclude, to the degree you are a scorner, God has already left you in your arrogant ignorance. But, you are too stupid to know it (Is 44:19-20).
In that case, to the degree you are a wise man and love correction, God will show you more truth (Pr 4:18). This is the simple but profound rule of God’s dealings with men.
Therefore, humble yourself as Solomon did, and be wise (I Kgs 3:7-9).
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“LORD, help me to be teachable. Also, help me to LOVE those who want me to succeed in life. And, help me to never resent the one who loving points out my faults, so that I may change. In the Almighty name of God, I Do Believe and Pray. Amen!”
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