Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. Give instruction to a wise man , and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man , and he will increase in learning. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased. If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it . (Proverbs 9:8-12)
A definition that will help you:
“scorner”- Someone who doesn’t take wisdom and counsel seriously. Someone who thinks that their own wisdom is enough.
“reprove”- to teach through correction
1. Why would a scorner hate you if you reprove him?
2. Why would a wise man love someone who rebukes him?
3. How does this text say that a wise man receives instruction?
4. What do you think it means when it says, “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.”
5. How does wisdom multiply the years of our life?
6. Why do you think the proverb says that wisdom is “for thyself” and when it comes to scorning “thou alone shall bear it?”`