This part consists of a threat (v. 28), a reproach (vv. 29- 30), an announcement of doom together with motivation (vv. 31-32) and a promise to anyone who heeds Wisdom (v. 33). The enemy behaviors are that they "hated" (xnW)
and "despised" (Cxn), but the objects of this hostility
are knowledge and reproof (vv. 29a, 30b) rather than people. Therefore, this animosity is best characterized as obstinate complacency (hvlw) as in verse 32.
The antecedent of "they" is unclear. It may be all three subjects of verse 22, thus including the simple, the scoffers and the stupid fellows, or it may include only the scoffers and stupid fellows who were the only characters construed with third person verbs in Part I of this speech. Of these two solutions the more likely seems to be the latter. Hostility is more properly applicable in connection with the stupid fellows and scoffers, although it must be admitted that the simple are drawn into this orbit of hostility by virtue of their context.16
The problem of the Mytp, according to this speech,
is not really their hostile attitude but rather their
16 Although the Mytp are never again explicitly presented with animosity, the "son" of Prov. 5 is said to have hated (xnW) and despised (Cxn) discipline and reproof. The most likely un-wise designation for this "son" would be the ytp so that hostility may become an appropriate designation for him.