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Rebuke a Wise Man?

I don't like the thought of needing to rebuke a wise person. Honestly, I haven't ever considered it before. . . didn't think I needed to.

But a closer look at some verses in Proverbs 9 adjusts my thinking a bit:

8 Don’t rebuke a mocker, or he will hate you;
rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.
9 Instruct a wise man, and he will be wiser still;
teach a righteous man, and he will learn more.

Proverbs 9:8-9

What do these verses teach us about being wise?

First, you can know you are growing in wisdom in how you respond to rebuke - "rebuke a wise man, and he will love you."

Second, a wise man (or woman) never "arrives" - "Instruct a wise man, and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man, and he will learn more."

Third, wise men and women still (and will always) need rebuking - "rebuke a wise man."


What are some "take aways" from this?

Do you consider yourself a wise person? If so, how are you currently growing in your wisdom?

What do you do when someone rebukes you? Do you hate the person and the rebuke, or embrace it as an opportunity to learn?

Have there been times you have needed to rebuke a wise person, but felt inferior to do so? Even wise men and women need rebuking.

Do you have people in your life whom you can speak wisdom to AND who have the freedom to speak wisdom to you? If so, who? If not, who can you surround yourself with?


Notice the balance in this passage. On the one hand, wise people give wisdom in order to develop people with more wisdom. On the other hand, wise people still need more wisdom. You and I need both. We need to be growing in our wisdom, surrounding ourselves with people with wisdom and the freedom to rebuke us; AND we need to surround ourselves with those we can speak into and provide wisdom.