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Proverbs 12:1-3

verse 1: “Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, But he who hates reproof is stupid.”

“Stupid” is one of those words we try to make sure our sons don’t use flippantly. We even referred to it as the “s” word when they were younger. As they got older, we showed them how you could call an act “stupid” (“man, I tripped on my own 2 feet, that was stupid.”), but tried to stress not to call somebody stupid.

I must confess, I thought it interesting that the verse used the term “stupid”, so I checked my wife’s KJV. That translation reads “Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.” My Holman commentary states that the “attitude adopted leads either to knowledge or stupidity, a dull-minded state like that of an animal.” Merriam-Webster.com defines “stupid” as “1 a : slow of mind : obtuse b : given to unintelligent decisions or acts : acting in an unintelligent or careless manner c : lacking intelligence or reason : brutish”

The bottom line is that, for one who loves knowledge, they will delight in instruction and suffer discipline to gain that which they seek. Like any prize worth attaining, there is some sacrifice, but the rewards are worth it.

Something to think about.

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