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Proverbs 1:24

    Proverbs 1:24 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Because I have called, and you refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Because I have called, and ye have refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man hath regarded;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Because your ears were shut to my voice; no one gave attention to my out-stretched hand;

    Webster's Revision

    Because I have called, and ye have refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man hath regarded;

    World English Bible

    Because I have called, and you have refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no one has paid attention;

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 1:24

    Because I have called - These and the following words appear to be spoken of the persons who are described, Proverbs 1:11-19, who have refused to return from their evil ways till arrested by the hand of justice; and here the wise man points out their deplorable state.

    They are now about to suffer according to the demands of the law, for their depredations. They now wish they had been guided by wisdom, and had chosen the fear of the Lord; but it is too late: die they must, for their crimes are proved against them, and justice knows nothing of mercy.

    This, or something like this, must be the wise man's meaning; nor can any thing spoken here be considered as applying or applicable to the eternal state of the persons in question, much less to the case of any man convinced of sin, who is crying to God for mercy. Such persons as the above, condemned to die, may call upon justice for pardon, and they may do this early, earnestly; but they will call in vain. But no poor penitent sinner on this side of eternity can call upon God early, or seek him through Christ Jesus earnestly for the pardon of his sins, without being heard. Life is the time of probation, and while it lasts the vilest of the vile is within the reach of mercy. It is only in eternity that the state is irreversibly fixed, and where that which was guilty must be guilty still. But let none harden his heart because of this longsuffering of God, for if he die in his sin, where God is he shall never come. And when once shut up in the unquenchable fire, he will not pray for mercy, as he shall clearly see and feel that the hope of his redemption is entirely cut off.

    Barnes' Notes on Proverbs 1:24

    The threats and warnings of Wisdom are also foreshadowings of the teaching of Jesus. There will come a time when "too late" shall be written on all efforts, on all remorse. Compare Matthew 25:10, Matthew 25:30.

    Wesley's Notes on Proverbs 1:24

    1:24 Called - By my ministers, by my judgments, and by the motions of my spirit and your own conscience.