It is better to listen to the rebuke of a wise man
Than for one to listen to the song of fools.
Let the righteous smite me in kindness and reprove me;
It is oil upon the head;
Do not let my head refuse it,
For still my prayer is against their wicked deeds.
He whose ear listens to the life-giving reproof
Will dwell among the wise.
Poverty and shame will come to him who neglects discipline,
But he who regards reproof will be honored.
Those who sit in the gate talk about me,
And I am the song of the drunkards.
Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you,
Reprove a wise man and he will love you.
The one who despises the word will be in debt to it,
But the one who fears the commandment will be rewarded.
A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understanding
Than a hundred blows into a fool.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend,
But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.
Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent.