“Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.”
Wow, Solomon didn’t mince words. He was blatantly calling the person who hates correction stupid.
The Hebrew word used here literally means hating reproof, brutish.
So, we would say it is stupid.
Merriam Webster has multiple definitions for the word: slow of mind, given to unintelligent decisions or acts, acting in an unintelligent or careless manner, lacking intelligence or reason, dulled in feeling or sensation, marked by or resulting from unreasoned thinking or acting, lacking interest or point.
The bottom line is, if we don’t allow correction in our lives, we are, well, stupid.
The Bible tells us that God disciplines those He loves. None of us navigates this life perfectly. We are sinners, so we sin. God wants to rein us in, help us stay on the right path.
He offers correction and discipline to keep us close to Him. And actually, we need to love that.
Heavenly Father, keep me close to Your heart. When I take even one step away from You, correct me and draw me back.