Wisdom asks in Proverbs 1:22 “How long will you simple ones love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?
First, to the simple ones, those who are lacking in judgment, who are naïve, immature and inexperienced. They tend to believe anything and examine nothing.
Proverbs 14:15 A simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thought to his steps.
Second, wisdom speaks to scoffers, and mockers, those who “know it all” they think themselves greater than others. They are full of insults, hatred and opposition. Proverbs 21:24 The proud and arrogant man — “Mocker” is his name; he behaves with overweening pride. (Overweening is defined as being arrogant, conceited and pompous)
Third, wisdom speaks to fools, those who are ignorant of truth and full of stubbornness. They lack spiritual hunger; they love the world and the things of the world. A fool hates knowledge.
Ps 14:1 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good. A fool does not lack normal intelligence, their problem is willful ignorance. In Romans 1:18 we read they suppress the truth by their wickedness.
Much is said about the fool, as noted above the fool hates knowledge, they are quick to quarrel, Proverbs 20:3, and they give full vent to their anger. Proverbs 29:11, they are complacent Proverbs 1:32, they trust in themselves instead of God Proverbs 28:26 and they despise wisdom and discipline, Psalms 14:1.
Wisdom has spoken to the simple, the mocker and the fool over and over, and they continually refuse to listen. As wisdom speaks again it is revealed what is rejected in their refusal to listen. Proverbs 1:23 If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts known to you.
Since the simple and fools rejected wisdom, their outcome is not good. Proverbs 1:28-32 “Then they will call to me but I will not answer they will look for me but will not find me. Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord, since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes. For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them.
The penalty for mockers seems to be the strongest warning. Isa 29:20 The ruthless will vanish, the mockers will disappear, and all who have an eye for evil will be cut down — Proverbs 24:9 The devising of folly is sin, and the scoffer is an abomination to mankind.
Wisdom says in Proverbs 1:33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.”
Our small group looked at some of these verses Sunday evening. Proverbs teaches us so much for attaining wisdom and discipline and how we should live. I have so many “favorites” in the bible and Proverbs is definitely near the top of the list.