Wisdom’s Voice (Proverbs 1:20–33)

20 Wisdom calls aloud outside;

She raises her voice in the open squares.
21 She cries out in the chief concourses,
At the openings of the gates in the city
She speaks her words:
22 “How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity?
For scorners delight in their scorning,
And fools hate knowledge.
23 Turn at my rebuke;
Surely I will pour out my spirit on you;
I will make my words known to you.
24 Because I have called and you refused,
I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded,
25 Because you disdained all my counsel,
And would have none of my rebuke,
26 I also will laugh at your calamity;
I will mock when your terror comes,
27 When your terror comes like a storm,
And your destruction comes like a whirlwind,
When distress and anguish come upon you.

28 “Then they will call on me, but I will not answer;
They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me.
29 Because they hated knowledge
And did not choose the fear of the LORD,
30 They would have none of my counsel
And despised my every rebuke.
31 Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way,
And be filled to the full with their own fancies.
32 For the turning away of the simple will slay them,
And the complacency of fools will destroy them;
33 But whoever listens to me will dwell safely,
And will be secure, without fear of evil.”

This passage describes Wisdom as an obvious teacher, crying out in public to those who behave as a simple person, scolding them and encouraging them to turn to her words.  She offers to pour her spirit on them, but the simple refused her call.  Therefore, wisdom will laugh at their calamity and mock their terror when destruction comes.  She will not answer when they call because they hated knowledge and did not fear the Lord.  They will eat their own foul fruit.  However, those who listen to wisdom will be secure.

This sounds very much like the promise that one will reap what they sow.  If you heed the obvious voice of wisdom, you will be secure, blessed, and wise.  However, swimming against the current and going your own way–ignoring wisdom–leads to destruction, insecurity, and loss.  The bottom line is clear:  don’t ignore the voice of wisdom.  Hear her, and be glad!

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