Proverbs 13:1

ESV A wise son hears his father’s instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.
NIV A wise son heeds his father's instruction, but a mocker does not respond to rebukes.
NASB A wise son accepts his father’s discipline, But a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.
CSB A wise son responds to his father's discipline, but a mocker doesn't listen to rebuke.
NLT A wise child accepts a parent’s discipline; a mocker refuses to listen to correction.
KJV A wise son heareth his father's instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.

What does Proverbs 13:1 mean?

A recurring theme in the book of Proverbs is the value of taking good advice (Proverbs 1:7–8; 8:33). The person defined as a "scoffer" is one who sneers or laughs at knowledge instead of learning from it (Proverbs 1:22). Learning from our own mistakes is part of life; choosing to learn from the mistakes of others is especially wise. When a father, or other worthy figure, offers their perspective, it's a good idea to take them seriously (Proverbs 12:1, 15).

Some people carry a superior attitude; they think they know more than the people who try to correct them. If someone goes through life thinking he is beyond reproach, he will face a rude awakening. Pride precedes destruction, according to Proverbs 16:18. In his first letter to Timothy, the apostle Paul tells Timothy a recent convert should not become an overseer because "he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil" (1 Timothy 3:6). Proverbs 29:1 affirms, "He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck, will suddenly be broken beyond healing."
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