"The wicked.... are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear, which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely" (Psalm 58:3-5). "A wise son heareth his father's instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.... Good understanding giveth favor: but the way of transgressors is hard.... Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction.... He that loveth him chasteneth him betimes" (Proverbs 13:1, 15,18,24).
How hopelessly hard is the transgressor's way,
Refusing God's crucial instruction.
The scorner won't hear what the Lord has to say
To turn him from his self-destruction.
How wise is the counsel received from above,
For good understanding gives favor.
Charmed by His Spirit and chastened with love,
A wise heart gives heed to the Savior.
Thank You, O Lord, for Your loving correction,
That charms and that chastens our soul.
We need Your reproof and Your constant direction,
Enlarging in us Your control.