Wisdom calls aloud in the street.
She utters her voice in the public squares.
She calls at the head of noisy places.
At the entrance of the city gates, she utters her words:
How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity?
How long will mockers delight themselves in mockery,
And fools hate knowledge?
Turn at my reproof.
Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you.
I will make known my words to you.
Because I have called, and you have refused;
I have stretched out my hand, and no one has paid attention;
But you have ignored all my counsel,
And wanted none of my reproof;
I also will laugh at your disaster.
I will mock when calamity overtakes you;
When calamity overtakes you like a storm,
When your disaster comes on like a whirlwind;
When distress and anguish come on you.
Then will they call on me, but I will not answer.
They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me;
Because they hated knowledge,
And didn't choose the fear of Yahweh.
They wanted none of my counsel.
They despised all my reproof.
Therefore they will eat of the fruit of their own way,
And be filled with their own schemes.
For the backsliding of the simple will kill them.
The careless ease of fools will destroy them.
But whoever listens to me will dwell securely,
And will be at ease, without fear of harm.
My son, if you will receive my words,
And store up my commandments within you;
So as to turn your ear to wisdom,
And apply your heart to understanding;
Yes, if you call out for discernment,
And lift up your voice for understanding;
If you seek her as silver,
And search for her as for hidden treasures:
Then you will understand the fear of Yahweh,
And find the knowledge of God.
For Yahweh gives wisdom.
Out of his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.
He lays up sound wisdom for the upright.
He is a shield to those who walk in integrity;
That he may guard the paths of justice,
And preserve the way of his saints.
Then you will understand righteousness and justice,
Equity and every good path.
For wisdom will enter into your heart.
Knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
Discretion will watch over you.
Understanding will keep you,
To deliver you from the way of evil,
From the men who speak perverse things;
Who forsake the paths of uprightness,
To walk in the ways of darkness;
Who rejoice to do evil,
And delight in the perverseness of evil;
Who are crooked in their ways,
And wayward in their paths:
(Proverbs 1:20 -- 2:15 WEB)
Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past tracing out! For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? Or who has first given to him, and it will be repaid to him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things. To him be the glory for ever! Amen. (Romans 11:33-36 WEB)
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