Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.
Wisdom is crying in the streets and she calls for the simple, the foolish, and scoffers to stop, take heed, and listen. Proverbs 1:20-22 Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
She tells them that if they will fear the Lord and be mindful of counsel, they will not be destroyed when destruction like a whirlwind comes upon them. How long will they seek simplicity, the foolish things of this world, and mock the knowledge of God? Do they not know, can they not see, that this is God speaking to them?
There are three types of people, in the streets of the city, that Wisdom is crying out to. The simple, those sinners that are fond of their simple notions of good and evil yet, their reasoning is against God. They are intolerant to the ways of God and express admiration for themselves in their wickedness. Scoffers, are proud, but jovial people, that pleasure themselves in ridiculing the things of God and the people of God. They find it amusing to tear down everything sacred and serious to the point of mockery and sarcasm. The last person in the street which Wisdom is crying out to, is the fool. The worst of the three are the “foolish” for they despise to be taught the fear of the Lord and are adverse to those that are godly. They will not hear reproof or counsel and hate the knowledge of God.
Thought: What lies ahead for those that mock God and resist the reproof and counsel of the Lord? Will their lives be filled with adversity and tribulation? The answer is made evident in Scripture, they will suffer distress, pain, agony, torment, heartache, heartbreak, misery, sorrow, grief, unhappiness, desolation, despair and anguish. Then, God will laugh at their calamity and they will be forced to eat the fruit of their own ways and be filled with their own insidious schemes.