Proverbs 1:24-33 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
24 Because I called and you have refused,
I stretched out my hand and no one paid attention,
25 And you have ignored all my counsel
and did not want my reproof,
26 I also will laugh at your calamity;
I will mock when terror strikes you,
27 when terror strikes you like a storm
and your calamity comes like a whirlwind,
when distress and anguish come upon you.
28 Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer;
they will seek me diligently but will not find me.
29 Because they hated knowledge
and did not choose the fear of Jehovah,
30 they would not accept my counsel
and despised all my reproof,
31 therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way,
and be glutted with their own schemes.
32 For the waywardness of the simple ones will kill them,
and the complacency of fools destroys them;
33 “But he who listens to me shall dwell securely
and he will live, without the dread of disaster.”
Certainly, one day, those who have rejected Jehovah God, will look to fall back on the, “I did not know.” However, this will not be acceptable, because here you have “wisdom” roaming the streets, from house to house, calling out in a loud voice, looking to dispense the very knowledge of God. The earth will have been saturated with these truths from God’s Word. Therefore, those who chose to follow their fleshly desires, ignoring the voice of wisdom, will be held accountable. If only they had listened to the voice of God, life could have been much more satisfying.
Metaphorically speaking, wisdom personified will get the last laugh at those that have rejected Jehovah; she will mock their sad life choices. These fools will call out in calamity, but it will be too late. Just imagine the panic in the fool’s voice as the calamity overtakes him, he will be distressed, and anxiety-ridden to no end.
Hundreds of millions are walking the streets today, believing that the servant of God is the fool, completely indifferent to their message, just as the Israelites were to the prophets of old. Nevertheless, just as destruction befell God’s chosen people and Jerusalem was destroyed by Babylon, the wicked of this world is heading down the very same street, ignoring wisdom as they head toward destruction.
Even so, there are hundreds of millions of others walking the same streets, who will listen to wisdom, having a receptive heart. They will listen and dwell in security, not needing to dread the coming day of Jehovah. (Joel 2:30-32) Will the reader be one of those who listens to wisdom and receives discipline with a subtle heart, to be molded by paying attention to the Book of Proverbs?