Derek Kidner's commentary on Proverbs is really quite marvelous. I could wish he'd revisited it, and written one 3-4 times as large; but its beauty is, in part, its brevity. I didn't appreciate this when I first got the commentary, but I have come to after decades of use.
Here is the first verse I read in Proverbs today:
A wise son hears his father's instruction,And here is Kidner's proverbially terse comment:
but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke
The pairing of a son, under training, with a scorner, who is a fool in the last stages of folly (cf. 26:12 [or see 21:24, or 24:9]), suggests that if you cannot stand home truths from your own father you are well on the way to becoming insufferable.Ah yes. This is why God gave us parents, etc.
(Kidner, Proverbs, p. 100)