Wisdom Warns

20 (A)Wisdom shouts in the street,
She [a]lifts her voice in the square;
21 At the head of the noisy streets she cries out;
At the entrance of the gates in the city she utters her sayings:
22 “How long, O [b](B)naive ones, will you love [c]being simple-minded?
And (C)scoffers delight themselves in scoffing
And fools (D)hate knowledge?
23 “Turn to my reproof,
Behold, I will (E)pour out my spirit on you;
I will make my words known to you.
24 “Because (F)I called and you (G)refused,
I (H)stretched out my hand and no one paid attention;
25 And you (I)neglected all my counsel
And did not (J)want my reproof;
26 I will also (K)laugh at your (L)calamity;
I will mock when your (M)dread comes,
27 When your dread comes like a storm
And your calamity comes like a (N)whirlwind,
When distress and anguish come upon you.
28 “Then they will (O)call on me, but I will not answer;
They will (P)seek me diligently but they will not find me,
29 Because they (Q)hated knowledge
And did not choose the fear of the Lord.
30 “They (R)would not accept my counsel,
They spurned all my reproof.
31 “So they shall (S)eat of the fruit of their own way
And be (T)satiated with their own devices.
32 “For the (U)waywardness of the [d]naive will kill them,
And the complacency of fools will destroy them.
33 “But (V)he who listens to me shall [e]live securely
And will be at ease from the dread of evil.”

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  1. Proverbs 1:20 Lit gives
  2. Proverbs 1:22 Lit simple ones
  3. Proverbs 1:22 Or naivete
  4. Proverbs 1:32 Lit simple ones
  5. Proverbs 1:33 Lit dwell