(Proverbs 9:8-10) Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. Give [instruction] to a wise [man], and he will be yet wiser: teach a just [man], and he will increase in learning. The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy [is] understanding.
(Proverbs 15:12-18) A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise. A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness. All the days of the afflicted [are] evil: but he that is of a merry heart [hath] a continual feast. Better [is] little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith. Better [is] a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith. A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but [he that is] slow to anger appeaseth strife.
(Proverbs 14:6) A scorner seeketh wisdom, and [findeth it] not: but knowledge [is] easy unto him that understandeth.
(Proverbs 10:12-23) Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins. In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod [is] for the back of him that is void of understanding. Wise [men] lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish [is] near destruction. The rich man’s wealth [is] his strong city: the destruction of the poor [is] their poverty. The labour of the righteous [tendeth] to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin. He [is in] the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth. He that hideth hatred [with] lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, [is] a fool. In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips [is] wise. The tongue of the just [is as] choice silver: the heart of the wicked [is] little worth. The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom. The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it. [It is] as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.
(Proverbs 17:10) A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.
(Ecclesiastes 10:12, 13) The words of a wise man’s mouth [are] gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself. The beginning of the words of his mouth [is] foolishness: and the end of his talk [is] mischievous madness.