The Call of Wisdom

Proverbs 1

20 o Wisdom calls aloud 1 outside;
She raises her voice in the open squares.
21 She cries out in the 2 chief concourses,
At the openings of the gates in the city
She speaks her words:
22 "How long, you 3 simple ones, will you love 4 simplicity?
For scorners delight in their scorning,
And fools hate knowledge.
23 Turn at my rebuke;
Surely p I will pour out my spirit on you;
I will make my words known to you.
24 q Because I have called and you refused,
I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded,
25 Because you r disdained all my counsel,
And would have none of my rebuke,
26 s I also will laugh at your calamity;
I will mock when your terror comes,
27 When t your terror comes like a storm,
And your destruction comes like a whirlwind,
When distress and anguish come upon you.
28 "Then u they will call on me, but I will not answer;
They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me.
29 Because they v hated knowledge
And did not w choose the fear of the LORD,
30 x They would have none of my counsel
And despised my every rebuke.
31 Therefore y they shall eat the fruit of their own way,
And be filled to the full with their own fancies.
32 For the 5 turning away of the simple will slay them,
And the complacency of fools will destroy them;
33 But whoever listens to me will dwell z safely,
And a will be 6 secure, without fear of evil."

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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