Scoffer strike

Proverbs, Chapter 19, Verse 25 (Amplified Bible)

Strike a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence; reprove a man of understanding, and he will increase in knowledge.

In US society strike a scoffer and you end up in jail. Reprove a man of understanding, and he may take you to court. Foolishness advances. Knowledge retreats. Lord, help me beat the odds. May I accept reproof. May I be a man of understanding, not a scoffing simpleton.