Wisdom crieth without; she raiseth her voice in the broadways;
she calleth in the chief [place] of concourse, in the entry of the gates; in the city she uttereth her words:
How long, simple ones, will ye love simpleness, and scorners take pleasure in their scorning, and the foolish hate knowledge?
Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour forth my spirit unto you, I will make known to you my words.
Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no one regarded;
and ye have rejected a all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
I also will laugh in your calamity, I will mock when your fear cometh;
when your fear cometh as sudden destruction, and your calamity cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish come upon you:
-- then will they call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me early, b and shall not find me.
Because they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of Jehovah;
they would none of my counsel, they despised all my reproof:
therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their way, and be filled with their own devices.
For the turning away c of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of the foolish shall cause them to perish.
But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be at rest from fear of evil.