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Proverbs 1:20-33 (Lexham English Bible)

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The Call of Lady Wisdom

20 Wisdom calls out in the streets, in the squares she raises her voice. 21 On a {busy corner}a she cries out, at the entrances of the gates in the city, she speaks her sayings: 22 "{How long},b O simple ones, will you love simplicity? And [how long] will scoffers delight in their scoffing, and fools hate knowledge? 23 May you turn to my argument!c Behold, I shall pour out my spirit upon you; I will make my words known to you. 24 Because I called out and you refused me, I stretched out my hand, yet there is none who heeds. 25 You have ignored all my counsel, and my reproof you are not willing [to accept]. 26 I will also laugh at your calamity;d I will mock when panice comes [upon] you. 27 When your panic comes like a storm, and your calamity arrives like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you, 28 then they will callf me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently but not find me. 29 Since they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of Yahweh, 30 they were not willing [to accept] my counsel, they despised all my reproof. 31 They shall eat from the fruit of their way, and they shall be sated from their own schemes, 32 for the waywardness of the simple ones will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them. 33 Whoever listens to me will dwell in security and rest securelyg from dread and disaster."
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