“Wisdom does not wait for an audience to come to her; she has a mission both in the home and in public. The setting of Proverbs 1 is in the streets, the “out of doors”, the marketplace. Wisdom cries ALOUD. Her podium is the most prominent place at the hub of the city, where she speaks with full lungs and a clear voice above the din and bustle of daily life.
‘Lady wisdom is no gentle persuader.’ She shouts, pleads, scolds, reasons, threatens, warns, and even laughs. Pulpit bashing and hell-fire preaching if ever there were! All quite unlady-like.’ On the highest walls--the most advantageous points to be seen and heard--she calls out with a clear voice to make her proclamation heard far and wide. She begins her sermon with an urgent appeal to the gullible (‘the scoffers’) to stop rejecting her, and to respond to the stern rebuke she is about to give lest they be thrown to the dogs inside the city. In Proverbs 1:22 she shouts…“How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge?”
Her question vents her exasperation at the apparently hopeless, yet urgent situation. These youths in her audience have crossed the threshold of the age of accountability. They should have already made a decisive commitment to wisdom before now. Instead, they love being simple. They delight in their scoffing. Lady Wisdom lumps the gullible together with fools and mockers, warning them against a progressive hardening. In Proverbs 1:24 she says… Because I have called and you refused to listen. I have stretched out my hand and no one has heeded. I also will laugh at your calamity and mock when terror strikes you.’”