9 Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still;
teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.
The wise are easy to get along with. They are observant and prudent, always looking for opportunities and how best to make use of them. They are aware of their faults and limitations, so they don’t commit to more than they can achieve. They take criticism readily, no matter how harsh, and make the most of it. They are committed to righteous living, doing the right thing no matter the cost. The wiser they are the more open to instruction; the more they are committed to doing right the more teachable they become.
The foolish, on the other hand, are difficult to deal with. They are ignorant of their own opportunities, and envy those of others. They overestimate the faults of others, but they underestimate their own. They are too busy to do the important things in life, they sacrifice relationships on the altar of success and peace on the altar of advancement. They despise criticism, and are sensitive to any form of it. Yet they are critical of everything and everyone else, they tear down but they cannot build up. They don’t care about doing the right thing, and are willing to do anything to get what they want. They are impervious to instruction, vain and unteachable.