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Proverbs 1:17-27 (New International Version)

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17 How useless to spread a net in full view of all the birds! 18 These men lie in wait1 for their own blood; they waylay only themselves!2 19 Such is the end of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the lives of those who get it.3

Warning Against Rejecting Wisdom

20 Wisdom calls aloud4 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 onesb5 love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate6 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 rejected7 me when I called8 and no one gave heed9 when I stretched out my hand, 25 since you ignored all my advice and would not accept my rebuke, 26 I in turn will laugh10 at your disaster;11 I will mock12 when calamity overtakes you13-- 27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster14 sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you.
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