(Proverbs 13:8 KJV) The ransom of a man's life are his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.
Just as the first part of this verse swings on “ransom” (3724a) and “riches” (6239) the second part depends on the words “hears” (8085) and “rebuke” (1606). At first glance the first part seems clear and the second part confusing. A lot depends on our understanding of “rebuke.”
Rebuke is one of the words used for correcting people. It is used in both the Old and New Testaments. It is usually confused with judging by those who do not want to be criticized. It is an action that is open to contamination by self centered manipulation but it is still a legitimate part of the Christian life.
The point here is that those in poverty are not hearing these words of correction. Some other time I will perhaps dwell on the lack of hearing. Is it the receivers turned off or no one broadcasting? For now just accept that the poor are not hearing the words that can make their lives better.
So? The question I have today is, “Are you hearing?” Take it spiritually or materially. Refusing to listen in either area can lead to weakness and lack in life. Don’t reject reproof because the hedonist you know said, “Judge not...”