Proverbs 12:1

The one who loves discipline loves knowledge,
but the one who hates reproof is stupid.

I don’t like cats. I’m allergic to them. I don’t trust them. You can’t tell what they’re thinking. You never know when they’re going to attack you and claw your eye ball out. I have other reasons that I don’t like cats, but I don’t need to give you all the reasons. If you love discipline and knowledge, you know that cats are of the Devil. If you don’t know that, I will pray for you.

People like to make arguments that cats are smart animals. I disagree. Sure, some people can train cats – but dogs are much easier to train. Of course cat loves use that to say that cats are smarter and know that they don’t want to do what you want them to do. That’s a crock. They’re just dumb. They don’t think thing – they’ve just learned how to get what they want out of you – and then they spend the rest of their lives getting those things from you.

The word used here for stupid is also used to describe dumb animals. It gives the impression that the one who hates correction and discipline is dumb and an ox or worse – a cat.

The one who loves discipline love knowledge. What does that mean? Well, it’s just a part of the holistic approach to wisdom. Wisdom incorporates discipline and knowledge and understanding and righteousness as well as several other qualities. This verse is a contrast. If you want to be wise and smart and live a disciplined life you have to love discipline.

The one who hates discipline and knowledge is stupid – like a cat.