The Chastisement – 12

“Because I called and you refused, I extended My hand and no one took notice. Because you disdained all My counsel and My reproof you ignored – I, in My turn, will laugh at your doom; I will mock when terror overtakes you. When terror comes upon you like a storm and your doom approaches like a whirlwind; when distress and anguish befall you. Then they will call Me, but I will not answer; they will seek Me earnestly, but they will not find Me. Because they hated knowledge and chose not the fear of the Lord. They ignored My counsel, they despised all My reproof; and in their arrogance they preferred arrogance, and like fools they hated knowledge. Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way and with their own devices be glutted. For the waywardness of the thoughtless shall slay them and the confidence of fools shall destroy them. But those who hearken unto Me shall dwell securely and shall be in peace, without fear of evil” (Prv 1:24-33).