Proverbs 1:17-27 NIV

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

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      19 Such is the end of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the lives of those who get it.3

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      Warning Against Rejecting Wisdom

      20 Wisdom calls aloud4 in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares;

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          21 at the head of the noisy streetsa she cries out, in the gateways of the city she makes her speech:

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            • c 1:21 - Hebrew; Septuagint "/ on the tops of the walls"
              22 "How long will you simple onesb5 love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate6 knowledge?

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                • d 1:22 - The Hebrew word rendered "simple" in Proverbs generally denotes one without moral direction and inclined to evil.
                  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,

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                  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--

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                      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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