7 If you reason with an arrogant cynic, you'll get slapped in the face;
confront bad behavior and get a kick in the shins.
8 So don't waste your time on a scoffer;
all you'll get for your pains is abuse.
But if you correct those who care about life,
that's different — they'll love you for it!
9 Save your breath for the wise — they'll be wiser for it;
tell good people what you know — they'll profit from it.
10 Skilled living gets its start in the Fear-of-GOD,
insight into life from knowing a Holy God.
11 It's through me, Lady Wisdom, that your life deepens,
and the years of your life ripen.
12 Live wisely and wisdom will permeate your life;
mock life and life will mock you.
(from THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson. All rights reserved.)