Strike a scoffer and the naive may become shrewd,
But reprove one who has understanding and he will gain knowledge.
When the scoffer is punished, the naive becomes wise;
But when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.
Then all Israel will hear and be afraid, and will never again do such a wicked thing among you.
Then all the men of his city shall stone him to death; so you shall remove the evil from your midst, and all Israel will hear of it and fear.
Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you,
Reprove a wise man and he will love you.
A fool rejects his father’s discipline,
But he who regards reproof is sensible.
A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understanding
Than a hundred blows into a fool.
Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent.