Proverbs 25:12

“Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold

  is a wise reprover to a listening ear.”

Proverbs 25:12 ESV

This proverb provides a beautiful (and clear) word picture. Both a gold ring and an ornament of gold are items of significant value. Here, they represent the wise reprover, the one who is godly and wise in his correction. However, the reader should note the significant qualifier in this proverb.

The wise reprover is like a gold ring or an ornament of gold ONLY to a listening ear. “A wise son hears his fathers instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke” (Proverbs 13:1 ESV). The scoffer or fool does not recognize the value of wise reproof. In fact, the fool disregards it as if it is plastic or wood.

Do you have listening ears? Or, are you a fool? Those are the options.

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