In the next few verses Solomon gives advice but also explains something that is troubling to many of us. The popular saying is “the rich get richer and the poor get poorer”. Jesus reminded us,
(John 12:8 KJV) For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.Proverbs has numerous reference to the poor. It almost seems like there are some people who are locked in and can never dig out. This passage reminds us that there are some people whom we cannot help because they refuse to change.
Some people refuse to listen. Some people hate you when you try to help. Others will take your advice and move forward. That is an application of something else Jesus said.
(Matthew 25:29 KJV) For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.So? We are to be generous but we are also to be discerning. When possible, and it isn’t always, target those who have the wisdom to listen to wisdom. Don’t feel like you must right every wrong. In some situations it is like the person who would correct the grammar in books she was reading. The book refused to listen.