20 Out in the open wisdom calls aloud,
she raises her voice in the public square;
21 on top of the wall she cries out,
at the city gate she makes her speech:
22 “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?
How long will mockers delight in mockery
and fools hate knowledge?
23 Repent at my rebuke!
Then I will pour out my thoughts to you,
I will make known to you my teachings.
Wisdom is not hidden, but she is avoided. She is not confined to the halls of academia or the society of experts – she calls aloud in in the square, on the wall, and at the gate for all to hear. Her advice “has not been tried and found wanting, it has been found difficult; and left untried.” Have you ever avoided advice because you knew it would challenge your plans? The voice of reason may be inconvenient, but it is always worth listening to.
“How long will you who are 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”
What does it take to stop a bad habit, reconcile a relationship, or clean up a mess? A resolution must be made: “no longer, no more.” Until then the consequences will continue, with unwanted costs and unneeded complications. But the absence of these things leaves a void which must be filled with the guidance of wisdom. Listen to her advice, put it into practice, and save yourself from your own foolishness.