Proverbs 1:30 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Proverbs 1:30, NIV: "Since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke,"

Proverbs 1:30, ESV: "would have none of my counsel and despised all my reproof,"

Proverbs 1:30, KJV: "They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof."

Proverbs 1:30, NASB: "They did not accept my advice, They disdainfully rejected every rebuke from me."

Proverbs 1:30, NLT: "They rejected my advice and paid no attention when I corrected them."

Proverbs 1:30, CSB: "were not interested in my counsel, and rejected all my correction,"

What does Proverbs 1:30 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Here, the depths of our rejection of wisdom is explored. Solomon has described wisdom as a woman in a crowded, public place, shouting out for everyone to hear. The only way to avoid hearing her words is to purposefully ignore them. In other words, ignorance is always a choice, in one sense or another. God gives us enough to begin our search (Romans 1:18–20), and promises to give us what we need when we seek Him (Matthew 7:7).

When we refuse to listen to wisdom, or refuse to start with the "fear of the Lord," it is as if wisdom was dead to us. We ignore her as if she was not even there. We pass by her and follow foolish pursuits. We fall into the trap of sin. Even those who know Christ as their Savior are still subject to the consequences of their choices. Cause and effect still apply, and the best way to avoid the risks of chance is to take advice coming from a godly perspective.