“Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently, but they will not find me.Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord,They would have none of my counsel and despised my every rebuke.Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way, and be filled to the full with their own fancies.For the turning away of the simple will slay them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them;But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure, without fear of evil.” Proverbs 1:28-33 (NKJV)
Once we find ourselves in the midst of trouble, we then realize the mistake we made, and cry out for help. This is the position Wisdom is referring to regarding those who have ignored her warning.
Wisdom has given many opportunities to avoid trouble and the consequences of choosing sin, but each was ignored. There comes a point, where Wisdom says, "Sorry, you have no more chances."
Because: the end of
Knowledge: in the highest sense, knowledge of God (including obedience)
Fear: fear of God, reverence, piety
Lord: of deity Yahweh, the proper name of the God of Israel
Notice the two verbs in this verse: HATED and CHOOSE.
The later is a result of the first. When one hates knowledge (including obedience) that leads to the choices; in this case—not to fear God.
In Proverbs 1:30-32, Wisdom continues to describe how the sinners ended up where they are and the consequences.
BUT— there is hope!
Listens: hears, hear with attention, interest
Dwell: settle down to abide
Safely: quietness and security
Secure: be at ease or at peace, rest securely
Fear: terrifying, dread
Evil: misery, distress
So, the choice is HATE or HEAR. The consequences of both actions are clearly explained.
Hate Wisdom = fear, chaos, trouble, destruction
Hear Wisdom = a secure and safe place without terrifying fear or distress.
Sadly, often it seems easier and more enticing to choose Hate. But, when my heart is permeated with a deep sense of reverence for God (Acts 9:31 MSG), I will easily Hear Wisdom and want to obey.
Which verb will you choose: HATE or HEAR?