“Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public square… How long will you simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings.
But since you refuse to listen when I call and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand, since you disregard all my advice and do not accept my rebuke, I in turn will mock when calamity overtakes you – when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you.” — extracts from Proverbs 1:20-27
“How long, o naïve ones [you who are easily mislead], will you love being simple-minded and undiscerning? How long will scoffers [who ridicule and deride] delight in scoffing, How long will fools [who obstinately mock truth] hate knowledge?
If you will turn and pay attention to my rebuke, behold I [wisdom] will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.
Because I called and you refused to answer, I stretch out my hand and no one has paid attention [to my offer]
And you treated all my council as nothing and would not accept my reprimand, I also will laugh at your disaster; I will mock when your dread and panic come, when your dread and panic come like a storm, and your disaster comes like a whirlwind, when anxiety and distress come upon you [as retribution]” — Amplified version
“Wisdom: in Hebrew is ‘Chokmah’; a feminine noun. Wisdom in war, in technical work, in administration. Shrewdness, cleverness.
a) of God, as a divine attribute or energy
b) the divine wisdom is personified.
he ability to discern inner qualities and relationships: insight. The teachings of the ancient wise men. The right use or exercise of knowledge; the choice of laudable ends, and of the best means to accomplish them. This is wisdom in act, effect of practice. If wisdom is to be considered as a faculty of the mind, it is the faculty of discerning or judging what is most just, proper and useful, and if it is to be considered as an acquirement, it is the knowledge and use of what is best, most just, most proper, most conducive to property or happiness. Wisdom in the first sense, or practical wisdom is nearly synonymous with discretion. Wisdom is the exercise of sound judgment either in avoiding evils or attempting good. — Webster’s 1828 Dictionary
“Christ Himself is Wisdom. Three sorts of persons are here called by Him. 1. Simple ones. Sinners are fond of their simple notions of good and evil, their simple prejudices against the ways of God, and flatter themselves in their wickedness. 2. Scorners. Proud, jovial people, that make a jest of everything. Scoffers at religion, that run down everything sacred or serious. 3. Fools. Those are the worst of fools that hate to be taught, and have a rooted dislike to serious godliness. The precept is plain; Turn you at my reproof. We do not make a right use of reproofs, if we do not turn from evil to that which is good. The promises are very encouraging. Men cannot turn by any power of their own; but God answers, Behold I will pour out My Spirit on you… The love of Christ, and the promises mingled with His reproofs, surely should have the attention of everyone….Are we yet despisers of wisdom? Let us hearken diligently, and obey the Lord Jesus, that we may enjoy peace of conscience and confidence in God; be free from evil, in life, in death, and forever.” — Matthew Henry
Verse related to Business — ‘The city gate’ is mentioned throughout the Bible. A place where matters were discussed, wise men and leaders sat and discussed matters. One distinctive time it is mentioned is in Ruth 4:1-12. It is a place of importance. I always thought it was interesting Wisdom called out at the public square and city gate, demonstrating that Wisdom is not hiding, and her call is meant for all to hear.
I include this passage because it is the basis of the proverbs. Wisdom’s call is scattered and flourishing through the proverbs, and can be found anywhere in the Bible.
It is easy to love being simple (or naïve, lacking in knowledge); to be lazy or take an obsession in worldly things that won’t last. It’s like sugar; it won’t last.
It’s also easy to purposefully disregard wisdom; good advice, or your own conscience. Even worse, it is possible – and easy – to mock sound judgment. When one thinks one knows better, you can easily mock someone’s advice. When one knows, deep down, you should follow the sound judgment, it can be easier to mock it than to change your ways.
In this passage, it’s clear that, even when you’re simple and/or a mocker, you can still turn to wisdom. If you continue on your current path, you will eventually fail, but simply because you’re simple doesn’t mean you can’t change.
wisdom will mock when calamity comes. It will mock the situation. It will not mock you.
his situation is true in all of life, including running a business or being employed. We can be given sound advice about running a business or being good employees, and we disregard it.
Then, when ‘calamity’ comes, the sound advice will mock us, and wiser people will learn from the situation.