Proverbs 15:2 The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.
14 The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.
28 The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.
In 1 Corinthians, Paul warns that “Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth,” so it is important to retain a balance. Yet the wise, understanding, and righteous all seek knowledge, how to use it, and study it diligently. There is a reason this generation is so ignorant, and it’s not all about the GMOs and fluoride: there is no wisdom to be had, largely thanks to the decline begun in the previous generations. It is certainly true that I shudder to think that my peers will one day hold the offices of power in this nation.
Proverbs 15:5 A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.
10 Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.
12 A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.
31 The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.
32 He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.
33 The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.
This chapter has a large selection of verses on several different themes, which provides these six verses just about listening to correction. As I wrote a few days ago, humility is the only way that we can receive the correction and instruction of the LORD, either at His own hand, or at the hand of others.
Correction is rejected by the backslider, those that know that what they are doing is wrong, yet refuse to get right about it. Sometimes, no matter how much you love someone, no matter how often you try to help them, they refuse to listen to advice, correction, or reproof, and insist on continuing in their self-destructive behavior. At the same time, a scorner, one who refuses the loving correction of his family, friends, or the LORD, will find a hard life, fraught with dangers and problems, and they will often lash out at those that originally tried to help them, blaming their problems on the very people that sought to warn them of this outcome. This is nothing new: Solomon wrote of it so many thousand years ago.
While I’m no case study on humility, I did learn years ago that it was more honorable to be humble about your mistakes, and to admit them, than it was to argue and fight the charges of error. That kind of behavior is simply confirmation of the accusation made against you. And, as verse 32 says, someone who receives reproof gains understanding; humility is the only vehicle that can take you from error to wisdom.
And finally, fearing the LORD will provide instruction in wisdom, and produce humility in our lives, which will lead to honor that we can simply reflect back upon Him. After all, that’s our main function: glorifying and honoring HIM in our lives. For HIS pleasure we are and were created. If your life isn’t pleasing to God, then he’s not getting a very good return on His investment.