Proverbs 6:15

Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.
– Proverbs 6:15

The word for calamity refers to coming under a weight or burden and so refers to destruction or ruin. Being broken refers to being crushed liked a clay pot is smashed to pieces when struck. Both are said to be sudden. Suddenly refers to a moment in time and indicates a surprise. The wicked man progresses along and does not think his destruction is around the corner. Both are pictures of irreparable damage. The verse means they shall come to their end without remedy or healing.

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Proverbs 6:14

Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.
– Proverbs 6:14

Frowardness is perversity and occupies the mind of the wicked man. All his thoughts are affected by it. To devise is to plan or design. Mischief is evil or adversity to others. So he continually plots and contrives evil to other, whether to gain advantage or simply to work destruction. Discord is strife and contention. This he sows as a man liberally scatters seed in a field. In the perversity of his mind, he would rather people be at odds than in harmony. The implication also is that he sows discord to his own advantage in some way.

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Proverbs 6:13

He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;
– Proverbs 6:13

This verse refers to different physical gestures employed by the wicked man. The precise meaning or description of each gesture is not important, but rather that they are used to deceive. Such gestures are a part of his salesmanship, whether he is extorting or coercing. The previous verse referenced his forward mouth and the next his devised mischief. The whole picture of the wicked man is one who continually seeks to lead others astray and take advantage of them one or another.

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Proverbs 6:12

A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a forward mouth.
– Proverbs 6:12

Verses 12-15 warn against the third folly, the worthless and wicked man. A naughty person is literally a man of Belial. Such a term always involved wickedness, worthlessness, and destructiveness. Belial came to be a term for Satan and a man or son of Belial was any who had such qualities. Wicked has the thought of trouble or a trouble-maker. Froward means perverse or crooked. Such a man’s talk is bent away from wisdom and God’s law. He is not doing or proposing anything of value or good, but rather trouble and vanity.

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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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Proverbs 2:15

Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:
– Proverbs 2:15

Solomon continues describing the way of the evil man. Crooked means twisted or distorted. Froward means to depart. In their twisted way, they depart from the path and way of wisdom. Wisdom works not only to keep us from the crooked way but from the evil man that goes in the crooked way as well.

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Proverbs 2:14

Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;
– Proverbs 2:14

The way of the evil man is a rejoicing to do evil. He delights in it and finds pleasure in the wrongs done. This rejoicing may cover a wide range from sadistic pleasure all the way to the foolish pleasure of a hardened conscience. He finds no joy in the truth and no pleasure in the divine wisdom. He delights in doing evil and in the perversity of others. Frowardness is a perversity or a corrupting of good. When he finds so much amusement in his evil way, it is no wonder that he sells his way to others as a path to happiness and fun. Again, wisdom will keep us from this wicked way.

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Proverbs 2:13

Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in ways of darkness;
– Proverbs 2:13

The way of evil men forsakes or abandons the good and right path. Uprightness describes a straight and plain way. This verse shows that evil men prefer another way. They leave the good path “to walk in ways of darkness.” Darkness is often a figure for moral evil, ignorance, misery, oppression, and the like. Here it comprehends all of these. The way of darkness is a way apart from the light of wisdom. Walking speaks of a continued action, i.e. a habit. That is the bent and tendency of evil men and why they speak perverse things. Again, wisdom works in us to preserve and keep us from such error.

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Proverbs 2:12

To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;
– Proverbs 2:12

Verses 12-15 provide example of the danger wisdom protects us from. The evil man is a calamitous man who brings pain and unhappiness to others. He has a way, or a course of life, and that way brings harm to others. The second clause explains how the evil man hurts others. He speaks forward things. Froward things are perverse things or things that are contrary to right and good things. His way and speech are bent away from wisdom and so he harms those who hear him. However when wisdom enters into our hearts, we are preserved and kept by it from such danger.

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