Proverbs 1:15

My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:
– Proverbs 1:15

Solomon counters the sinners’ enticement in verses 15-19. The counsel of wisdom is to avoid the beginning of sin. Do not go with them. Do not join their company. Solomon will evaluate and counter their claims with the picture of reality—the difference between their promise and their delivery.

Note that Solomon speaks of a “way” and a “path.” All men are in a way and all men are on a path. We are all going somewhere. Solomon’s aim is to point his son to the way of wisdom and the path of prudence. Throughout Proverbs there is a tension between the way of wisdom and the way of folly, which appears in various guise.

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