Don't go along with them, my child! Stay far away from their paths.
They rush to commit crimes. They hurry to commit murder.
When a bird sees a trap being set, it stays away.
But not these people! They set an ambush for themselves; they booby-trap their own lives!
Such is the fate of all who are greedy for gain. It ends up robbing them of life.
Wisdom shouts in the streets. She cries out in the public square.
She calls out to the crowds along the main street, and to those in front of city hall.
"You simpletons!" she cries. "How long will you go on being simpleminded? How long will you mockers relish your mocking? How long will you fools fight the facts?
Come here and listen to me! I'll pour out the spirit of wisdom upon you and make you wise.
"I called you so often, but you didn't come. I reached out to you, but you paid no attention.
You ignored my advice and rejected the correction I offered.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)