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7 Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse,
and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.
8 (A)Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you;
(B)reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
9 Give instruction[a] to a wise man, and he will be (C)still wiser;
teach a righteous man, and he will (D)increase in learning.
- Proverbs 9:9 Hebrew lacks instruction
He who corrects and instructs a scoffer gets dishonor for himself,
And he who rebukes a wicked man gets insults for himself.
[a]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.(A)
Give instruction to a wise man and he will become even wiser;
Teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning.
- Proverbs 9:8 The ancient rabbis took this to have the force of a commandment: never give a rebuke that is sure to be ignored.