22 “How long will you who are simple(A) love your simple ways?
    How long will mockers delight in mockery
    and fools hate(B) knowledge?
23 Repent at my rebuke!
    Then I will pour out my thoughts to you,
    I will make known to you my teachings.
24 But since you refuse(C) to listen when I call(D)
    and no one pays attention(E) when I stretch out my hand,
25 since you disregard all my advice
    and do not accept my rebuke,
26 I in turn will laugh(F) when disaster(G) strikes you;
    I will mock(H) when calamity overtakes you(I)
27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
    when disaster(J) sweeps over you like a whirlwind,
    when distress and trouble overwhelm you.

28 “Then they will call to me but I will not answer;(K)
    they will look for me but will not find me,(L)
29 since they hated knowledge
    and did not choose to fear the Lord.(M)
30 Since they would not accept my advice
    and spurned my rebuke,(N)
31 they will eat the fruit of their ways
    and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.(O)
32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them,
    and the complacency of fools will destroy them;(P)
33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety(Q)
    and be at ease, without fear of harm.”(R)

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