Wisdom is like a woman shouting in the street; she raises her voice in the city squares.
She cries out in the noisy street and shouts at the city gates:
"You fools, how long will you be foolish? How long will you make fun of wisdom and hate knowledge?
If only you had listened when I corrected you, I would have told you what's in my heart; I would have told you what I am thinking.
I called, but you refused to listen; I held out my hand, but you paid no attention.
You did not follow my advice and did not listen when I corrected you.
So I will laugh when you are in trouble. I will make fun when disaster strikes you,
when disaster comes over you like a storm, when trouble strikes you like a whirlwind, when pain and trouble overwhelm you.
"Then you will call to me, but I will not answer. You will look for me, but you will not find me.
It is because you rejected knowledge and did not choose to respect the Lord.
You did not accept my advice, and you rejected my correction.
So you will get what you deserve; you will get what you planned for others.
Fools will die because they refuse to listen; they will be destroyed because they do not care.
But those who listen to me will live in safety and be at peace, without fear of injury."