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What do you think about these scriptures?

A scoffer does not like to be reproved [corrected], he will not go to the wise (Proverbs 16:12).
 
Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed (Proverbs 16:22).

The ear that listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise (Proverbs 16:31).

Whoever ignores instruction despises himself, but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence (Proverbs 16:32).

The message is pretty clear, wouldn't you say? It means, when coming from the right person, be open to being corrected, admonished, and rebuked. It's to help us. Have smart/wise people accessible whenever we need them. Maintaining such relationships is extremely important for growth. Be attentive to those who speak wisdom and not reject it just because it's not what we want to hear. If we want to become better and more disciplined, listening (and applying) wisdom to our lives will deem us intelligent, not stupid (see Proverbs 12:1).

Proverbs is a book of wisdom in just about every area I can think of, either directly or indirectly. I wish I would have read it and applied it much earlier in my life. Oh well, it's never too late.
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