Proverbs 12:1

“Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,

    but he who hates reproof is stupid.”

Proverbs 12:1 ESV

Here’s a take-home test. In some ways it’s a pretty simple test, though it’s the kind we might prefer to be conducted privately. After all, the results could be embarrassing?

QUESTION: Do you love discipline? There are two possible answers: yes or no.

If your answer is yes, you love knowledge. In this context, knowledge means more than knowing a set of facts. It carries the meaning of wisdom. In other words, the wise man loves correction.

If your answer is no, then you are stupid. The King James translates this word as brutish. Both stupid and brutish are colorful ways to say foolish. The juxtaposition of wisdom and folly is a major theme of Proverbs, and here, we see another way of presenting that theme.

So, how did you do on the take-home test?

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