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? urn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
These verses picture wisdom pleading with those who foolishly think they can get along without her. She stands and calls aloud in strategic places so that everyone may hear her message. She raises her voice in the city squares. Wisdom cries to the simple, the scorners, and fools. The simple are naive, impressionable people who are open to all kinds of influences, both good and bad; here their instability seems to be leading them in the wrong direction. Scorners are those who treat wise counsel with contempt; nothing is sacred or serious to them. Fools are those who senselessly refuse instruction; they are conceited and opinionated in their ignorance.