Rebuke is more effective for a wise man than a hundred blows on a fool. (Proverbs 17:10)
Here we have a distinct difference between the wise and the foolish. The wise will listen with an ear toward obedience and a fool does not. It is that simple. Foolishness for the most part is a choice. When we choose not to listen, we choose foolishness. Fools repeatedly suffer because they do the same things repeatedly expecting different results. They will receive a hundred blows of failure before it may possibly dawn on them that their ways do not work. The wise, on the other hand, are constantly looking for a better way to do the things that they do. They listen to advice and seek counsel. When rebuked by a confidant they repent and change. When you rebuke a fool, you make an enemy; when you rebuke the wise you make a greater friend. To know the difference we can simply ask, do I have more friends than enemies?