How useless to spread a net in full view of all the birds!
These men lie in wait1 for their own blood; they waylay only themselves!2
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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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Wisdom calls aloud4 in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares;
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at the head of the noisy streets she cries out, in the gateways of the city she makes her speech:
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"How long will you simple ones5 love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate6 knowledge?
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If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts known to you.
But since you rejected7 me when I called8 and no one gave heed9 when I stretched out my hand,
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since you ignored all my advice and would not accept my rebuke,
I in turn will laugh10 at your disaster;11 I will mock12 when calamity overtakes you13--
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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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