Proverbs 1:20-33 ESV

The Call of Wisdom

20 1Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice;

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21 at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at 2the entrance of the city gates she speaks:

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22 "How long, O 3simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will 4scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools 5hate knowledge?

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      23 If you turn at my reproof,a behold, I will 6pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you.

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        • a 1:23 - Or Will you turn away at my reproof?
          24 7Because I have called and 8you refused to listen, have 9stretched out my hand and no one has heeded,

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          25 because you have 10ignored all my counsel and 11would have none of my reproof,

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          26 I also 12will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when 13terror strikes you,

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          27 when terror strikes you like 14a storm and your calamity comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you.

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          28 15Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently but will not find me.

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          29 Because they 16hated knowledge and 17did not choose the fear of the LORD,

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              30 18would have none of my counsel and 19despised all my reproof,

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                • 43 1:30 - [See ver. 25 above]
                • 44 1:30 - [See ver. 25 above]
                  31 therefore they shall eat 20the fruit of their way, and have 21their fill of their own devices.

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                  32 For the simple are killed by 22their turning away, and 23the complacency of fools destroys them;

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                  33 but 24whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be 25at ease, without dread of disaster."

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