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."

  1. Cross References
    Proverbs 8:1
    Does not wisdom cry out, And understanding lift up her voice?
    Proverbs 9:3
    She has sent out her maidens, She cries out from the highest places of the city.
    John 7:37
    On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.
  2. Cross References
    Isaiah 32:15
    Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, And the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, And the fruitful field is counted as a forest.
    Joel 2:28
    And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions.
    John 7:39
    But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
  3. Cross References
    Isaiah 65:12
    Therefore I will number you for the sword, And you shall all bow down to the slaughter; Because, when I called, you did not answer; When I spoke, you did not hear, But did evil before My eyes, And chose that in which I do not delight.
    Isaiah 66:4
    So will I choose their delusions, And bring their fears on them; Because, when I called, no one answered, When I spoke they did not hear; But they did evil before My eyes, And chose that in which I do not delight.
    Jeremiah 7:13
    And now, because you have done all these works," says the LORD, "and I spoke to you, rising up early and speaking, but you did not hear, and I called you, but you did not answer.
    Zechariah 7:11
    But they refused to heed, shrugged their shoulders, and stopped their ears so that they could not hear.
  4. Cross References
    Psalms 107:11
    Because they rebelled against the words of God, And despised the counsel of the Most High.
    Luke 7:30
    But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the will of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him.
  5. Cross References
    Psalms 2:4
    He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The LORD shall hold them in derision.
  6. Cross References
    Proverbs 10:24
    The fear of the wicked will come upon him, And the desire of the righteous will be granted.
    Proverbs 10:25
    When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more, But the righteous has an everlasting foundation.
  7. Cross References
    1 Samuel 8:18
    "And you will cry out in that day because of yo...
    Job 27:9
    Will God hear his cry When trouble comes upon him?
    Job 35:12
    There they cry out, but He does not answer, Bec...
    Psalms 18:41
    They cried out, but there was none to save; Eve...
    Isaiah 1:15
    When you spread out your hands, I will hide My ...
    Jeremiah 11:11
    Therefore thus says the LORD: "Behold, I will s...
    Jeremiah 14:12
    "When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and...
    Ezekiel 8:18
    "Therefore I also will act in fury. My eye will...
    Micah 3:4
    Then they will cry to the LORD, But He will not...
    Zechariah 7:13
    Therefore it happened, that just as He proclaim...
    James 4:3
    You ask and do not receive, because you ask ami...
  8. Cross References
    Job 21:14
    Yet they say to God, 'Depart from us, For we do not desire the knowledge of Your ways.
    Proverbs 1:22
    How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? For scorners delight in their scorning, And fools hate knowledge.
  9. Cross References
    Psalms 119:173
    Let Your hand become my help, For I have chosen Your precepts.
  10. Cross References
    Psalms 81:11
    But My people would not heed My voice, And Israel would have none of Me.
    Proverbs 1:25
    Because you disdained all my counsel, And would have none of my rebuke.
  11. Cross References
    Job 4:8
    Even as I have seen, Those who plow iniquity An...
    Proverbs 5:22
    His own iniquities entrap the wicked man, And h...
    Proverbs 5:23
    He shall die for lack of instruction, And in th...
    Proverbs 22:8
    He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow, And the ...
    Isaiah 3:11
    Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him, Fo...
    Jeremiah 6:19
    Hear, O earth! Behold, I will certainly bring c...
  12. Cross References
    Proverbs 3:24 - 26
    When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.
  13. Cross References
    Psalms 112:7
    He will not be afraid of evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.
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