Don’t Correct a Mocker

I made a grand error.  I frequently do.  I couldn’t figure out a way to confess it to you until today.  I was listening to a version of audio Proverbs and these verses slapped me across the face. 


Whoever corrects a mocker is asking for insult; whoever reproves a wicked person receives abuse.
Do not reprove a mocker or he will hate you; reprove a wise person and he will love you.
Proverbs 9:7-8       New English Translation (NET)

The story behind this?  I was driving to the grocery when a driver began to tailgating me, even attempting to pass me on a one-lane road.  Upon arrival at the grocery store I found that the driver was in the parking lot also.  Upset with the episode, I asked the driver [a female in a party of four] what was the big hurry to get to the grocery.  She was not disrespectful, they looked at me like I had 3 heads.  They did not apologize.  The party went in the store and I went in.  When I re-emerged from the store, my car had been scratched all the way around with a key.   I was astounded.  I began thinking that as a older man I man I may have pressed them unduly.  I don’t think that I pressed them or distressed them to the extent that they damaged my car.  I had an inkling to leave before I went in but I told my self that I would only be a few minutes.  When I emerged from the store, they were long gone.  The store would only release the surveillance footage under court order. I was sent a check from my insurance company.  I have been waiting to save up the deductible to keep from losing thousands off the  value of my car.  

Dear readers, I enjoy my car – I do get a little irate at other drivers (I don’t think I’m alone), but the scripture is unbroken.  I corrected someone who was undeserving and undisciplined.  I am paying the penalty.  Perhaps you will be more wise than I.