"Simpletons! How long will you wallow in ignorance? Cynics! How long will you feed your cynicism? Idiots! How long will you refuse to learn?
About face! I can revise your life. Look, I'm ready to pour out my spirit on you; I'm ready to tell you all I know.
As it is, I've called, but you've turned a deaf ear; I've reached out to you, but you've ignored me.
"Since you laugh at my counsel and make a joke of my advice,
How can I take you seriously? I'll turn the tables and joke about your troubles!
What if the roof falls in, and your whole life goes to pieces? What if catastrophe strikes and there's nothing to show for your life but rubble and ashes?
You'll need me then. You'll call for me, but don't expect an answer. No matter how hard you look, you won't find me.
"Because you hated Knowledge and had nothing to do with the Fear-of-God,
Because you wouldn't take my advice and brushed aside all my offers to train you,
Well, you've made your bed - now lie in it; you wanted your own way - now, how do you like it?
Don't you see what happens, you simpletons, you idiots? Carelessness kills; complacency is murder.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)