Proverbs 1:20-33 NIV

Warning Against Rejecting Wisdom

20 Wisdom calls aloud1 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 onesb2 love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate3 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 rejected4 me when I called5 and no one gave heed6 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 laugh7 at your disaster;8 I will mock9 when calamity overtakes you10--

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                  27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster11 sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you.

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                  28 "Then they will call to me but I will not answer;12 they will look for me but will not find me.13

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                  29 Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD,14

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                  30 since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke,15

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                  31 they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.16

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                  32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them;17

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                  33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety18 and be at ease, without fear of harm."19

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