22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
22 “How long, O naive ones, will you love being simple-minded?
And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing
And fools hate knowledge?
23 “Turn to my reproof,
Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you;
I will make my words known to you. NASU
The last time we saw Lady Wisdom in the noisy and crowded market place crying out to be heard above the rest. But what is she saying? Wisdom does not try to tickle the ears of the crowd, but here, like a fiery evangelist, addresses the problem sharply and directly. She calls out to three groups in the crowd, the naïve, the scorners, and the foolish, and urges them to turn from their ways. “Turn you at my reproof” is much like the cries of John the Baptist, Jesus, or Peter, saying, “Repent!” Like Wisdom, each of them addressed a crowd who needed a change (Matt. 3:2, 4:17, Acts 2:38) and the way to initiate that change is by turning at the word of warning. Let Wisdom’s cry for repentance go deeper than just your head but let it get all the way to your feet to effect a change of direction. The promise to those who do is an outpouring of “my spirit.” Read Acts 2:38-39 for more on this promise.