Reprove comes from the Greek word elegcho. It means to point out others’ sins to them. Elegcho may also be translated convict, expose, or tell him his fault. The word conveys a charge which can be proven.  John 8:46; Ephesians 5:11-13

Reprove is often coupled with rebuke in the New Testament, because rebuke (command to stop) naturally follows reproof. In some translations, elegcho is translated rebuke, although reprove is more precise. One usually implies the other.  Titus 1:13; 2 Timothy 4:2

Reproof is the responsibility of every Christian. It should be motivated by love. If someone sins against you, the first step toward reconciliation is reproof. Many relationships are broken and remain so because the offender never realizes he offended someone or because the offended person talks about the problem to others rather than the one who offended him.  Matthew 18:15; Galatians 2:11-14

Although reproof is difficult to hear, the wise will listen to it, appreciate it, and make the appropriate corrections.  Revelation 3:19; Proverbs 9:8

The ear that listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise.  Proverbs 15:31

~ SR

Related words: rebuke, exhort

Ruhmann, Scott. “Word of the Week: Reprove.” 27th Street Church of Christ. Access date: .