He whose ear listens to the life-giving reproof
Will dwell among the wise.
A fool rejects his father’s discipline,
But he who regards reproof is sensible.
Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold
Is a wise reprover to a listening ear.
“Turn to my reproof,
Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you;
I will make my words known to you.
Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you,
Reprove a wise man and he will love you.
He who walks with wise men will be wise,
But the companion of fools will suffer harm.
Listen to counsel and accept discipline,
That you may be wise the rest of your days.
“Incline your ear and come to Me.
Listen, that you may live;
And I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
According to the faithful mercies shown to David.
You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us.