Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice;
at the head of the noisy streets she cries out;
at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:
“How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple?
How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing
and fools hate knowledge?
If you turn at my reproof,
behold, I will pour out my spirits to you;
I will make my words known to you.
Because I have called and you refused to listen,
have stretched out my hand and no has heeded,
because you have ignored all my counsel
and would have none of my reproof,
I will also laugh at your calamity;
I will mock when terror strikes you,
when terror strikes you like a storm
and your calamity comes like a whirlwind,
when distress and anguish come upon you.
Then they will come upon me and I will not answer;
but they will seek diligently but will not find me.
Because they hate knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord,
would have none of my counsel and despise all my reproof,
therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way,
and have their fill of their own devices,
and the complacency of fools destroys them;
but whoever listens to me will dwell secure
and will be at ease, without dread of disasters.”
Therefore, those who turned their backs at the Lord will not be heard once they ask for help when they are in need. But then, there are always chances left for everyone.