1.2 Wisdom Cries Out

Wisdom cries out in the streets.

She lifts up her voice in the public square.

At the head of the noisy streets she calls out.

At the entrance of the city gates she declares her sayings:

How long, you naive ones, will you love simplistic thinking? And how long will scoffers delight themselves in scoffing, and fools hate Knowledge.

Turn to my rebuke, behold, I will pour out my Spirit upon you; I will make my words known to you.

Make your ear attentive to Wisdom. Incline your heart to Understanding.

For if you cry out for Insight, and raise your voice for Understanding;

If you seek me as silver and search for me as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the One, and discover the Knowledge of God.

For the One gives Wisdom. From His mouth come Knowledge and Understanding.

He stores up sound Wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in Integrity, guarding the paths of Justice

Then you will Discern Righteousness, Justice, and Integrity, and every Good Path.

For Wisdom will enter your heart, and Knowledge will be delightful to your soul; Discretion will watch over you, Understanding will guard you, to rescue you from the way of evil.

Yet because I called and you refused, I stretched out my hand and no one paid attention; and you neglected all my advice and did not heed my rebuke;

I will also laugh when your dread comes like a storm, and your disaster like a whirlwind.

For the faithlessness of the naive will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them.

But whoever listens to me will live securely, and be at ease from the dread of evil.

Let us heed the call, and take the eternal hand of partnership that is offered.

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