The Scorner
Proverbs 15:12
A scorner loves not one that reproves him: neither will he go to the wise.

I. HE REQUIRES REPROOF. He should be reproved —

1. For his self-ignorance. He who arrogates to himself a superiority to Divine teaching, is utterly unacquainted with his own limited faculties, moral relations, and spiritual needs. Of all ignorance, self-ignorance is the most inexcusable, criminal, and ruinous. He should be reproved —

2. For his impious presumption. The scorner sets his mouth against the heavens.

II. HE SHUNS REPROOF. "He will not go unto the wise." Why? Because the wise would reprove him.

1. He will not read books that will deal seriously and honestly with his character.

2. He will not attend a ministry that will expose his character in the broad light of eternal law.

3. He will not join the society that will deal truthfully with its members.

III. HE HATES REPROOF. "The scorner loveth not one that reproveth him."

(D. Thomas, D.D.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.

WEB: A scoffer doesn't love to be reproved; he will not go to the wise.

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