Proverbs 4:14

Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.
– Proverbs 4:14

Verses 14-19 warn of the way of folly, or the way of the wicked. The warning in these verses is strong and insistent. Path and way contrasts with the way of wisdom. The wicked and evil men have a way as well. Wicked refers to morally corrupt and evil refers to calamitous men. This highlights that there are really only two ways and we will go in one or the other. The warning here is consistent with the warning throughout Scripture concerning avoiding sin. Sin is best kept from when we keep from the very start of it (Psalm 1:1; Proverbs 1:10; 1 Corinthians 6:18; 2 Timothy 2:22).

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