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Proverbs 1:15-25 (New International Version)

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15 my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot1 on their paths;2 16 for their feet rush into sin,3 they are swift to shed blood.4 17 How useless to spread a net in full view of all the birds! 18 These men lie in wait5 for their own blood; they waylay only themselves!6 19 Such is the end of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the lives of those who get it.7

Warning Against Rejecting Wisdom

20 Wisdom calls aloud8 in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares; 21 at the head of the noisy streetsa she cries out, in the gateways of the city she makes her speech: 22 "How long will you simple onesb9 love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate10 knowledge? 23 If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts known to you. 24 But since you rejected11 me when I called12 and no one gave heed13 when I stretched out my hand, 25 since you ignored all my advice and would not accept my rebuke,
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