Like an ear-ring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is a wise man’s rebuke to a listening ear.
Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold Is a wise reprover to a listening ear.
Valid criticism is as treasured by the one who heeds it as jewelry made from finest gold.
And a wise friend's timely reprimand is like a gold ring slipped on your finger.
Like a nose-ring of gold and an ornament of the best gold, is a wise man who says sharp words to an ear ready to give attention.
Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise rebuke to a listening ear.
Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold Is a wise rebuker to an obedient ear.
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1 sn This saying is another example of emblematic parallelism; the first half is the simile, and the second half makes the point from it: A wise rebuke that is properly received is of lasting value. The rebuke in the ear of an obedient student is like ornaments of fine jewelry.
2 tn The “ear of the listener” refers to the obedient disciple, the one who complies with the reproof he hears. Cf. KJV, ASV, NAB “an obedient ear.”