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

Questions
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?”`

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7 thoughts on “The Importance of Teachability

  1. 1. Because they don’t take wisdom and they don’t want any.
    2. Because I’m guessing that like rebuk means reprove him. Okay because he would live you because he was wise but I guess now his wiser then before.
    3. When you give instructions to him.
    4. The fear of the lord is the beginning of knowledge because if you fear him then you respect him and you won’t sin anymore because you would want to be perfect just for him,
    5. Because when you get older I guess you learn more things and it multiples to a greater wisdom so I think it means that like the older you get the wiser you will be.
    6. Because if you are wise you take that to your advantage and if you are like a mocker you will bear it like regret it or something

    I think I did a horrible job answering the questions I don’t think I did very good, but I truer to answer then right but I don’t think I did!! 😦

  2. just posted a comment and it didn’t post 😦 here goes again……

    1.they don’t want any wisdom.
    2.since rebuke means 2 disaprove he probably would want to give him wisdom so he would b wise.
    3.when u give him instruction.
    4.since to fear him means 2 obey and have faith in him when u fear him u will have great knowledge in him.
    5.when u get older u learn more things and it adds on to the stuff u know.and u can also understand things better.
    6.if u r wise u should be wise for urself if u scorn it u will bear it.

    mafalda,u did great!! 🙂 u tried ur best and no one will make fun of u!

  3. 1. A scorner would simply hate for someone to reprove them because a scorner doesn’t like to be told what to do in a sense. They don’t like to take others wisdom or advice into consideration and for someone to reprove them, or to teach them through correction, they wouldn’t stand for it because they would hate it.
    2. A wise man would love to be rebuked because it then says, “Give instruction to a wise man and he will become wiser.” Well rebuking a wise man would be giving them strong dissproval, which would make them evaluate themselves therefore making them wiser.
    3. It says to give instruction to a wise man and he will become wiser, teach a just man and he will increase in learning. A wise man receives instruction by someone giving it to him. Just as God gives us instruction, without it we’d be lost.
    4. Fearing the Lord is so important! I think a lot of the time people misunderstand that God is almighty, and He is our father. He created us and can make anything happen. We need to fear Him because it’s essentially respecting Him. We are not equal with God, He is above us and therefore we need to fear Him. It’s the beginning of knowledge because understanding the importance of God and just who He is, is where it begins.
    5. Wisdom multiplies the years of our life if we’re seeking God’s wisdom and not our own. Using God’s wisdom in everyday life and including Him in our decision making is what is important and will get us on the track of living our God designed life.
    6. I think it says that when it comes to scorning that we will beat it on our own because we aren’t seeking direction from anyone let alone God. We don’t want help, so we won’t get it. We’ll be all alone going throughout making mistakes because we failed to seek wisdom and instruction from God and godly influences around us.

  4. 1. He doesnt like be told what to do or how to do it.

    2. Because it is a chance for him to learn.

    3. He is ready to listen and learn, it’s easier to do it right the first time than try again and again through failure.

    4. If you fear God you trust and respect Him and he can show you things through His creation and through circumstances He lets you go through.

    5. If you trust God and you live His way He will multiply your years on the earth because it’s His will being done and not ours.

    6. I think because if you seek God and his wisdom He will be with you, but if you try and do it by yourself you will be doing it alone.

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