In Chapter 12, we continue with with Wisdom of Solomon's sayings. We continue to contrast the behavior and the characteristics of the Wise and Righteous with that of the Foolish and Wicked.
Today, there are two specific verses that stand out. Verse 1 and Verse 4. Several years ago, a Wise and Valued mentor told me: "Our brains can learn something new when our hearts are ready to see it." For me, this advice is applicable to both verses.
V.1. "Whoever loves Discipline loves Knowledge"
The Wise will exhibit discipline and demonstrate progress in everything they do. 1st Corinthians tells us that we are to demonstrate excellence in all things. We are not to be disciplined or pursue excellence in some things, or just part of the time. We are to strive toward excellence. Always. If we are to be leaders of men and fathers of strong children, we must remain disciplined.
V.1. "Whoever hates correction is stupid."
If we become upset when our faults are pointed out, or when we are given correction, we are acting in a Foolish way. The Wise exhibit a teachable spirit and embrace every opportunity for improvement.
V.4. "An wife of Noble Character is the Crown of her husband."
I might add...A Disciplined husband compliments an Excellent Wife.
TRUE: We are undoubtedly better when we have a partner who shares in our successes. An Excellent Spouse or Partner will, absolutely bring out the best and most disciplined version of ourselves.
V.4. "But a Disgraceful wife is like Decay in his bones."
A shameful spouse will cause malcontent and discord in the home. Such disgrace in a partnership will erode Strength and destroy Happiness in a spouse. Wisdom and Discipline become harder to maintain, maximum energy is required for preservation of the home rather than progress and betterment. In Biology, culling is the process of removing individuals who display undesirable character from a population for the betterment of the community.