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  • Writer's pictureJ.A.Abele

Proverbs with Purpose for Young People- Proverb 9:7-8

Here’s a practical example to help understand-

Proverbs 9:7-8

He who corrects and instructs a scoffer gets dishonor for himself,

And he who rebukes a wicked man gets insults for himself.

Do not correct a scoffer [who foolishly ridicules and takes no responsibility for his error] or he will hate you;

Correct a wise man [who learns from his error], and he will love you.


Imagine there was a young boy named Timothy who was known for making careless mistakes. He often dropped his books, spilled his food, and made a mess of his room. One day, Timothy was struggling to complete his homework. He was frustrated and angry, and he wanted to blame everyone else.


But then, Timothy’s teacher approached him with patience and understanding. The teacher explained to Timothy that everyone makes mistakes. He showed him how to double-check his work and how to manage his time more effectively. As a result, Timothy began to improve his performance. He was grateful for his teacher's help, and he apologized for his previous behavior.

In the Bible, Proverbs 9:7-8 teaches us that when we correct others with wisdom and compassion, we gain honor and respect. But if we rebuke someone harshly, they may become defensive and resentful.


Like God, who is always patient and loving even when we mess up, we can practice correcting others with humility and understanding. When we do that, we can build strong relationships and make the world a better place.





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