The middle part of Proverbs Chapter One is a warning to stay away from troublemakers. Now you would think that this would be obvious, but every generation, and really every one of us, has to learn this lesson. Hopefully we won’t have to learn it the hard way.
The writer says of those who cause trouble, “Do not go along with them, do not set foot in their paths” (Proverbs 1:15). This is very similar to the first Psalm which warns us not to “walk… with the wicked” (Psalms 1:1).
So, what kind of trouble are these troublemakers causing here in this first chapter of Proverbs? They want to “lie in wait for innocent blood” and “ambush some harmless soul” (Proverbs 1:11).
This description could cover everything from lunchroom bullying to a city street mugging. In every case, we need to examine the motives and actions of those we spend time with.
Are my friends helping me to be a better person, or are they leading me into trouble?
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