When the scoffer is punished, the simple is made wise; but when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.
There is more than one way to learn. This verse covers three ways of learning.
First, the scoffer learns the hard way. Consequences eventually come to those who continue doing wrong (Galatians 6:7). And the consequences are not rewards, but punishments.
Another way is to learn from other people’s experiences. Both simple and wise can see the bad results of wrongdoings and choose not to do those things. They don’t want to suffer similar punishment.
But the best way to learn is by listening to instruction, as the wise do. The wise heed God’s instruction about what is right and wrong, and they consider the underlying principles involved in that instruction so they can apply that knowledge in the future. They don’t need to try certain things themselves to find out that sinful choices are harmful.
The best way to develop wisdom is by learning the law of God. Read our article “The Law of God” to get started!
We should be like the wise when it comes to God’s laws. Studying God’s Word and meditating on the principles involved will give us priceless knowledge (Psalms 19:7-11; 1:2). And that knowledge will bring us blessings instead of problems.
God knows what works and what doesn’t work. Jesus Christ said that God’s Word is the truth (John 17:17). So we would be wise to take God at His word.
Tomorrow on the Daily Bible Verse Blog: "Abraham and Melchizedek."