Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Proverbs 21:11 commentary

11 ¶ When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.

The Holy Spirit gave Solomon a lot of wisdom about scorners in the Proverbs.

Proverbs 9:7 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.

Proverbs 9:8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.

Proverbs 13:1 A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.

Proverbs 14:6 A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.

Proverbs 15:12 A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.

Proverbs 19:25 Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.

Again, when a scorner is punished the naive and inexperienced will be benefited as a deterrent. The scorner will probably get nothing out of it. However, when a wise person is punished he benefits. This is the difference between a scorner and a wise person. The scorner never learns. The wise person learns from every situation and is made the better person by honest rebuke or correction.

Are you a scorner? Are you one of those who have never learned from your mistakes and sins and probably never will? When God corrects you, Christian, do you seek to live better, to walk closer with Him? Or do you just keep banging your head against the same brick wall?

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