Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults;
whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse.
Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you;
rebuke the wise and they will love you.
Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still;
teach the righteous and they will add to their learning (Proverbs 9:7-9)
How often we spend our time trying to help those who don’t want
help. Our society has become an entitlement oriented people who find nothing wrong with letting others provide their living and resources. Of course they are miserable because they have entangled themselves with rules and leaders who have no regard
for their freedom or peace. They mock those wise individuals who work hard and follow after the Godly wisdom while they unknowingly prove themselves to be fools.
Here in this chapter we find Wisdom warning us to save our Godly instructions for those who wish to further the Kingdom
of God and leave the mockers to themselves. We all know eventually their resentments, anger and foolishness will finally catch up with them but until they are ready to listen to wise counsel it is pointless to waste your time.
Traditional religion teaches us we should go after the “lost” and
try to herd them into heaven. Meanwhile they continue to be “victims” and their bitterness makes everyone around them miserable. Wisdom on the other hand , tells us to be an example to them by our lives while we try to help those who
really want to know God.
These mockers are constantly being seduced by everything that glitters while unknowingly being led like lambs to the slaughter. In other words they are going down the path of self-destruction only to find there is quicksand at the end of this
fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
For through wisdom your days will be many,
and years will be added to your life.
you are wise, your wisdom will reward you;
if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.
Alas, they do not know they have chosen death.