Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 7:5 It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.
Reflections: Solomon draws our attention to what he describes as the ‘rebuke of the wise’ and the ‘song of fools’. and concludes that one is better off with the ‘rebuke of the wise’. To rebuke is to express sharp disapproval or criticism of wrong actions of people. In this regard, those who rebuke wrong actions of others are noted to be wise. The song of fools on the other hand refers to the response given by people towards the actions of others which fails to reprove them for doing what is wrong and unwarranted. While the rebuke of the wise will help you review and amend your actions so that your future will be secured, the song of fools will keep you blinded to such measures and invariably urge you on with what is not right until you get into trouble unexpectedly. King Rehoboam for instance listened to the songs of fools and lost his kingship at a time he least expected (1Kings 12:6-17). In life, you’ve got to discern the ‘songs of fools’ and refuse to listen to them.