(A)Let the righteous strike me;
It shall be a kindness.
And let him rebuke me;
It shall be as excellent oil;
Let my head not refuse it.

For still my prayer is against the deeds of the wicked.

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“He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself,
And he who rebukes a wicked man only harms himself.
(A)Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you;
(B)Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;
Teach a just man, (C)and he will increase in learning.

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25 Strike a scoffer, and the simple (A)will become wary;
(B)Rebuke one who has understanding, and he will discern knowledge.

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