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How to Rebuke - by Michael Phillips
Proverbs - Part 12 of 26
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Proverbs 27:5
Apr 20, 1988 am - ITS MEANING "To reprove" simply means "to correct bad behavior". In describing it, the Inspired Sages use various Hebrew words, which give us much insight as to its exact nature, as for example: It is sometimes translated from GARA, which literally means "to expose or uncover". Thus, in reproving another, you must--to use the words of our Lord--"Tell him his fault". More commonly, however, it comes from YAKAH, a forensic term which means "to judge and condemn". Reproof, therefore, must never be offered rashly, but only after the evidence has been weighed, and the man found wanting. At other times, it derives from MUSAR, which means "to educate or train a child". Thus reproof seeks to do more than censure bad behavior. It longs rather, for its correction. Reproof is described in two figures of speech. It is likened to: The discipline of a child. "A fool despises his father's instruction, but he who receives reproof is prudent" (15:5). In reproving our brethren, we must act as father with a misbehaving child, rather than a taskmaster with a runaway slave. The punishment of a criminal. "Reproof is more effective for a wise man than a hundred stripes on a fool" (17:10). Therefore, ... More >>>

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