From our over-arching notion that wisdom is understanding things from God’s point of view, let’s look again at the scoffer, one of the minor themes of Proverbs.
A proud and haughty man — “Scoffer” is his name;
He acts with arrogant pride.
We’re told throughout the book of Proverbs that pride gets in the way of Wisdom. You could even make the point that pride is the opposite of wisdom.
How about “arrogant pride?” Some synonyms for arrogant are self-important and presumptuous.
So, to put those together, one definition of a scoffer would be someone who is unjustifiably convinced of his superiority, and who not only refuses to acknowledge other ideas, but also actively tries to discredit or belittle them.
Proverbs 1:5 says that a wise man will hear and increase learning. I think that means we are to always make sure we understand ideas from every perspective, maybe even (shudder) listen to people we disagree with. (Occasionally. LOL)
The future doesn’t look good for the scoffer. Let’s be relentless in our pursuit of wisdom and understanding.