When a mocker gets punished, the naïve person becomes wise,
and when a wise person is instructed, he accepts knowledge. Bible

“he accepts knowledge.” The Hebrew is ambiguous as to who the “he” is, the naïve one or the wise one. Actually, it applies to both of them, because a naïve person can learn if he wants to when he hears a wise person being taught. The verb “accepts” is in the active voice and thus indicates active listening and learning. Learning is not a passive action as if we could just sit back, do nothing, and learn. We have to actively accept the knowledge.

Commentary for: Proverbs 21:11