Bible: Prov 1:20-33

Warning Against Disregarding Wisdom

1:20 Wisdom 1  calls out 2  in the street,

she shouts loudly 3  in the plazas; 4 

1:21 at the head of the noisy 5  streets she calls,

in the entrances of the gates in the city 6  she utters her words: 7 

1:22How long will you simpletons 8  love naiveté? 9 

How long 10  will mockers 11  delight 12  in mockery 13 

and fools 14  hate knowledge?

1:23 If only 15  you will respond 16  to my rebuke, 17 

then 18  I will pour 19  out my thoughts 20  to you

and 21  I will make 22  my words known to you.

1:24 However, 23  because 24  I called but you refused to listen, 25 

because 26  I stretched out my hand 27  but no one paid attention,

1:25 because 28  you neglected 29  all my advice,

and did not comply 30  with my rebuke,

1:26 so 31  I myself will laugh 32  when disaster strikes you, 33 

I will mock when what you dread 34  comes,

1:27 when what you dread 35  comes like a whirlwind, 36 

and disaster strikes you 37  like a devastating storm, 38 

when distressing trouble 39  comes on you.

1:28 Then they will call to me, but I will not answer;

they will diligently seek 40  me, but they will not find me.

1:29 Because 41  they hated moral knowledge, 42 

and did not choose to fear the Lord, 43 

1:30 they did not comply with my advice,

they spurned 44  all my rebuke.

1:31 Therefore 45  they will eat from the fruit 46  of their way, 47 

and they will be stuffed full 48  of their own counsel.

1:32 For the waywardness 49  of the

simpletons will kill 50  them,

and the careless ease 51  of fools will destroy them.

1:33 But the one who listens 52  to me will live in security, 53 

and will be at ease 54  from the dread of harm.

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