Verses in Proverbs on discipline

A central theme in the book of Proverbs seems to be the interplay of discipline, rebuke, correction, and listening to advice. In an effort to understand this better, I thought I would collect the relevant verses in one place.


The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair...

Proverbs 1:1-3


The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

Proverbs 1:7


Wisdom calls aloud...

"How long will you simple ones love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts known to you.

But since you rejected me when I called and no one gave heed when I stretched out my hand, since you ignored all my advice and would not accept my rebuke, I in turn will laugh at your disaster; I will mock you when calamity overtakes you...

Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD, since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.

For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm."

Proverbs 1:20-33


My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.

Proverbs 3:11-12


Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.

Proverbs 4:13


Now then, my sons, listen to me; do not turn aside from what I say. Keep a path far from the adulteress, do not go near the door of her house, lest you give your best strength to others and your years to one who is cruel, lest strangers feast on your wealth and your toil enrich another man's house.

At the end of your life you will groan, when your flesh and body are spent. You will say, "How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction! I would not obey my teachers or listen to my instructors. I have come to the brink of utter ruin in the midst of the whole assembly.

Proverbs 5:7-14


The evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him; the cords of sin hold him fast. He will die for lack of discipline, led astray by his own great folly.

Proverbs 5:22-23


My son, keep your father's commands and do not forsake your mother's teaching. Bind them upon your heart forever; fasten them around your neck.

When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you.

For these commands are a lamp, this teaching is a light, and the corrections of discipline are the way to life, keeping you from the immoral woman, from the smooth tongue of the wayward wife.

Proverbs 6:20-24


Now them, my sons, listen to me; pay attention to what I say. Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray to her paths. Many are the victims she has brought down; her slain are a mighty throng. Her house is a highway to the grace, leading down to the chambers of death.

Proverbs 7:24-27


Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.

Proverbs 8:10-11


Now then, my sons, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways. Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not ignore it. 

Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.

For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD. But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death.

Proverbs 8:32-36


Whoever corrects a mocker invites insult; whoever rebukes a wicked man incurs abuse. Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man and he will love you. Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.

Proverbs 9:7-9


The woman Folly is loud; she is undisciplined and without knowledge.

Proverbs 9:13


The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.

Proverbs 10:8


He who heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.

Proverbs 10:17


Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.

Proverbs 12:1


The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.

Proverbs 12:15


A wise son heeds his father's instruction, but a mocker does not listen to a rebuke.

Proverbs 13:2


Pride only brings quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.

Proverbs 13:10


He who scorns instruction will pay for it, but he who respects a command is rewarded. The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death.

Proverbs 13:13-14


He who ignores discipline comes to poverty and shame, but whoever heeds correction is honored.

Proverbs 13:18


He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.

Proverbs 13:24


A fool spurns his father's discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.

Proverbs 15:5


Stern discipline awaits him who leaves the path; he who hates correction will die.

Proverbs 15:10


A mocker resents correction; he will not consult the wise.

Proverbs 15:12


Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. 

Proverbs 15:22


He who listens to a life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise. He who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever heeds correction gains understanding. The fear of the LORD teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor. 

Proverbs 15:31-33


Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD. The wise in heart are called discerning, and pleasant words promote instruction.

Proverbs 16:20-21


A wise mans' heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction.

Proverbs 16:23


There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.

Proverbs 16:25


A rebuke impresses a man of discernment more than a hundred lashes a fool.

Proverbs 17:10


He who obeys instruction guards his life, but he who is contemptuous of his ways will die.

Proverbs 19:16


Discipline your son, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to his death.

Proverbs 19:18


Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.

Proverbs 19:20


Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence; rebuke a discerning man, and he will gain knowledge.

Proverbs 19:25


Stop listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.

Proverbs 19:27


Ears that hear and eyes that see––the LORD has made them both.

Proverbs 20:12


When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; when a wise man is instructed, he gets knowledge.

Proverbs 21:11


Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him.

Proverbs 22:15


Pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach, for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have them ready on your lips.

So that your trust may be in the LORD, I teach you today, even you. Have I not written thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge, teaching you true and reliable words, so that you can give sound answers to him who sent you?

Proverbs 22:17-21


Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.

Proverbs 23:12


Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish him with the rod, he will not die. Punish him with the rod and save his soul from death.

Proverbs 23:13-14


Listen, my son, and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path. Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.

Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old. Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understanding. 

Proverbs 23:19-23


Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is a wise man's rebuke to a listening ear.

Proverbs 25:12


The rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a child left to himself disgraces his mother.

Proverbs 29:15


Discipline your son, and he will give you peace; he will bring delight to your soul. Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law. A servant cannot be corrected by mere words; though he understands, he will not respond.

Proverbs 29:17-19


She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

Proverbs 31:26