Proverbs 5:23

He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.
– Proverbs 5:23

Instruction points to restraint, or self-discipline as we would say. The way of folly, and here great folly, is the way of death (Proverbs 10:21; 14:32). To go astray means to err or even to reel. It picks up the notion of being ravished from the previous verses. This sort of folly is completely senseless and ultimately ruinous. This is the grim consequence and what lies at the end of the road that wisdom will consider.

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