5 A fool spurns a parent’s discipline,
but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.
6 The house of the righteous contains great treasure,
but the income of the wicked brings ruin.
7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge,
but the hearts of fools are not upright.
The fool sees that he is being disciplined, but he does not understand why. Lacking prudence he does not realize the opportunity that discipline offers; that today’s lessons can protect him from tomorrow’s regrets. Good parents, teachers, coaches and trainers have this in common: they cultivate growth through discipline and correction. The prudent person rises to challenges and learns from them, but the fool avoids discomfort and fails to mature.
“The house of the righteous contains great treasure, but the income of the wicked brings ruin.” Those who are committed to doing things the right way accumulate their wealth honestly, they have earned their treasure through diligence and self-discipline. The wicked may also have income, but there are many strings attached to it. Because they’ve sought dishonest gain, what they have is not rightfully theirs. In hope of preserving it they must deceive and evade, this work is never finished. Ruin will come sooner or later, they also will get what they have earned.
“The lips of the wise spread knowledge, but the hearts of fools are not upright.” The wise benefit from what they know, and seek to bless others by sharing it. They are attentive to the needs of those around them, and they are willing to teach and encourage them. The hearts of fools, however, are turned in on themselves. They care only about their own needs, they seek only their own benefit. They are ignorant of their own potential, seeing instruction as criticism and encouragement as condescension. They may not be hurting anyone else, but they are helping no one at all.