(A simple series highlighting verses from each chapter of the book of Proverbs)
The one who corrects a mocker will bring abuse on himself; the one who rebukes the wicked will get hurt. Don’t rebuke a mocker, or he will hate you; rebuke the wise, and he will love you. (Proverbs 9:7-8 CSB)
To be clear, rebuking means to reprove sharply. To be further clear, reproving means to express condemnation for a fault or offense.
The essence of these two verses is a challenge: how do you receive deserved correction?
A wise person loves it. Those who don’t love it, according to these verses, aren’t worth the hurt they will give to any well-meaning rebuker.