How well do we accept reproof when it is offered to us? Do we consider such reproof and correction a blessing - or to we view it as that which causes us problems and grief. The fact of the matter is that someone who reproves us is a wonderful friend. It is not often that men will be of such godly charcter and strength that they will offer reproof. When we run into one God speaks in proverbs to tel us what a wonderful thing it is that we have.
The earring of gold here is thought by some to be a nose ring. This however does not fit the context at all - as what is being said refers to a hearer. The earring of gold speaks of a reward or an ornament given to another of great value. But what is truly of value here is the ear that is listening to the reproof offered to it. That is something that is special - and deserves to be rewarded and decorated.
There are wonderful rewards for the man who listens to reproof. Proverbs 1:23 says that the Spirit of God will be poured out on such a man. There is something we don't hear often enough by the Holy Spirit movement. Proverbs 13:18 says that the one who regards reproof will be honored. Other verses in Proverbs speak of the one who receives reproof as being sensible, wise, and understanding. Much wisdom comes to us when we will listen to reproof and respond to it as the Lord directs us. Finally, we read in 2 Timothy 3:16 that the work of the inspired Scriptures of God is to bring reproof to us. So, if we want the Word of God to truly do its work in us - we will have to have an ear that is open to reproof.
There is also mentioned here an "ornament of fine gold." When we have someone who can offer to us "wise reproof" we should realize that we are being rewarded and blessed. The word for ornament most likely refers to a necklace of some sort. These were usually given to show a position of honor. It is an honor to be wisely reproved by a godly man - or by the Word of God.
Wisdom is the ability to receive and learn from reproof. May God Himself give us a humility that will receive that reproof when offered. May we also consider such reproof as ornaments of gold, silver, and precious jewels. That reproof will turn us away from ourselves and toward the Lord Who offers to us great wisdom and understanding.