20 Wisdom shouts in the streets.
She cries out in the public square.
to those gathered in front of the city gate:
will you insist on being simpleminded?
How long will you mockers relish your mocking?
How long will you fools hate knowledge?
I’ll share my heart with you
and make you wise.
I reached out to you, but you paid no attention.
and rejected the correction I offered.
I will mock you when disaster overtakes you—
when disaster engulfs you like a cyclone,
and anguish and distress overwhelm you.
Though they anxiously search for me, they will not find me.
and chose not to fear the Lord.
and paid no attention when I corrected them.
choking on their own schemes.
Fools are destroyed by their own complacency.
untroubled by fear of harm.”