NIV - Proverbs 10:17 He who heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.
KJV - He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction, but he that refuseth reproof erreth
This Word from God is talking about God's discipline and God's correction within a person and through a person that one receives through Jesus Christ our Lord. It is not talking about any other discipline or correction.
Let us break it down so we may all get it clear in our hearts and mind. Lets go to the Hebrew translation.
1)The Hebrew word for way is 'oradi, it sounds like o-rakh. It means how a person lives within himself. The path or the spiritual direction they are going in by what they receive within themselves.
Jesus said, "I am the way, truth and life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (14:6)
3) What spiritual life we keep determines the spiritual way we are going. What life are you following?
The Hebrew word for life is chay and it sound like khah'-ee. It means reviving,(bring back to life consciousness) active, resurrected presence within a person. This life given Spirit we receive from Christ is active and living in us resurrecting us beyond ourselves.
3)What spiritual instruction we are living by will manifest our spiritual way. If we are walking toward Him or away from Him. What words are you getting your instructions from? God or man?
The Hebrew word for this instruction is muwcar, it sounds like moo-sawr. It means a disciplining correction or chastening.
In a worldly comparison it would be used when a father disciplines a child when the child's way of life is going in the wrong direction, which is proof the father truly loves their child regardless if the child loves the father or not because of it.
Paul gives this example when God our Father through Jesus Christ disciplines us and we are not to ignore and walk away from His discipline if we want to please Him, we should be embracing it because this is the proof he truly does love us. (Hebrews 12)
Those who want to ignore or refuse the way, life, and disciplining correction from God what happens? This also will reveal who we are and the lost direction we are going in walking away from God.
4)The next word we will intently observe is ignore or refuse.
The Hebrew word is 'azab and it sounds like azab-aw-zab. It means to depart from, forsake, let go of, apostate or neglect.
This means we will be letting go of God's correcting truth and instructions. We will be ignoring His rebukes and corrections that prove he loves us because we do not want to listen to Him as the Lord or authority over our lives.We would rather listen to our own reasoning and understanding, the world, or others that we love greater than Him. What happens to a person when they are ignoring or letting go of God's correction?
5)The next word correction or reproof is a much harsher word than the first disciplining of God after we ignore his first rebuke this word is towkechah it sounds like to-kay-khaw. It means a stripping of strength, reasoning, and wisdom.
"By their fruit you will recognize them" our Lord Jesus Christ told His disciples. ( Matthew 7:16)The fruit of a person is what a person pours out of their mind and hearts by the wisdom and attitudes they posses. It can also mean the fruits of their labor meaning what they are receiving for their labor with money or the proof of people changing around them. It can also mean if they are producing proof of God's work in them by the way they are changing.
A person who lives continually through a fearful anxious spirit does not portray a faithful fruit bearer of God, nor does a prideful arrogant soul that promotes themselves above everyone else. These spirits reveal a person ignoring and walking away from God. A person that seeks success, money, goals or accomplishments being greater than His relationship does not reveal the fruits of Christ and His Spirit being the head and leader of their lives, they too, are spirits and souls walking away from God.
Jesus said, "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.(Matthew 5:24)
"This means a person cannot have two "Gods" because you will be devoted to the one and despise the other and today this is proven to be true by the way people are living their lives.This is not only about money being a idol. There are many idols I see today we can all put above Him.
The two "masters" I see occupying many lives are putting ourselves before Him, others before Him, money before Him, and accomplishments and our plans before Him. It has to be Him and Him alone and all these other things will come, but they will be shadows compared to Him and His relationship in our lives. Today He has become the shadow and all these other gods have become brighter.
6)The next word reveals our inter turmoil and the way we are going. The word erreth (error) or astray in Hebrew is Ta'ah and it sounds like taw-aw. It means a person will be mentally and morally going down the wrong path of deception because they did ignore and walk away from His correction and rebuke.
If we are willing to deny ourselves ( crucify ourselves) and carry our cross daily with all He gives us of himself in faith we will become His disciples and want to live by His correction, His ways, and His teachings, with a life resurrected giving Spirit now and for eternity with Him in Heaven. If not we will be going astray toward a life of deception that leads us to a road of destruction and misery for eternity with Satan in Hell. Not only will we be living a life of deception going astray but we will be leading others in that same direction.
The choice is yours and mine, do we want to receive, attain, and live the way and life He gives us through His Spirit? By way of His correction and discipline, or live the way we want to without Him, turning our backs to Him as our Savior and Lord?
I want to live by my Heavenly Father's instructions, corrections, discipline and ways through His Given Spirit that crucifies me so His life giving Spirit can continue to resurrect His life in me taking me far beyond myself. He is the only perfect Heavenly Father there is, and His Son is the only way, truth, and life to know Him. I want to walk toward Him not away from Him!