Let’s look at the two contrasts and the consequences;
Scripture tells us that the wicked man, or the fool is “unteachable.” He will not listen to reason. I would say it is all about control. He will not listen to the Lord. If you try to show him his waywardness he will continually resist and deny the truth. “Wise men change their minds; fools never. A wise man thinks all he says; a fool says all he thinks.“
Too often we change jobs, friends, or even spouses instead of changing ourselves. The person who chooses human foolishness over divine truth is a person determined to live his life on his own terms and is constantly dissatisfied!
While the fool persists in his foolishness, the wise man will listen when he is confronted with the truth and he will adjust his life accordingly. He has a “teachable” spirit! Proverbs 1:7-9 – “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” The wise man realizes his own limitations and shortcoming and grasps every opportunity to develop his life into one that is more pleasing to the Lord. The neat thing is that he also finds favor with others.
These two kinds of people are all around us! There are those who are unteachable. They are rebels. They think they know what is best for their lives and you cannot tell them any different. They are fools! Then, there are those people who know they aren’t perfect. They know they need instruction and they receive the truth of God with joy knowing it will change their life for the better. These folks are wise! Who best describes you?
6“Leave your simple ways and you will live;
walk in the way of insight.”
7 Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults;
whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse.
8 Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you;
rebuke the wise and they will love you.
9 Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still;
teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
11 For through wisdom your days will be many,
and years will be added to your life.
12 If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you;
if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.”
If you want to do a good study, find a concordance and look up all the scriptures concerning “fools” and “wise.” The Word of God is always spot on!