Proverbs 7:7

And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,
– Proverbs 7:7

Solomon saw a group of young simpletons. The simple in Proverbs are gullible, naïve, and aimless. If not corrected by wisdom, they go on to become full-blown fools. Being young, they are also inexperienced. Lack of experience is one of the great dangers to the young. Of course, they can’t help being inexperienced, but it is all the more reason to listen to the instruction of wisdom, which is designed to inform the simple (Proverbs 1:4). The word for understanding is also translated “heart” frequently. It stands the mind. Solomon is saying he saw a young man without a brain, and that is proven from what follows.

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Proverbs 1:32

For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.
– Proverbs 1:32

Turning away points to the active refusal of wisdom (Proverbs 1:23). It is as though wisdom is considered and found detestable and discarded. Refusing wisdom is suicidal (Proverbs 8:36). Prosperity speaks of abundance and security. Every perceived gain by folly, no matter how small, only confirms fools in their way. Their way leads to destruction.

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