Themes in Proverbs: Folly Brings Violence

Proverbs 4:14-17

Do not enter the path of the wicked, And do not proceed in the way of evil men. 15 Avoid it, do not pass by it; Turn away from it and pass on. 16 For they cannot sleep unless they do evil; And they are robbed of sleep unless they make someone stumble. 17 For they eat the bread of wickedness And drink the wine of violence.

The command:

God gives a strict command to all that want to be just in this life – stay away from the wicked. Surely do not walk down their path. But more than that, God tells us to avoid the ways of the wicked all together. There are so many things that are better in our lives than the way of wickedness.

The explanation:

God gives a clear explanation as to why we should stay away from the wicked. The reason to stay away from the wicked brings us to our main point. God tells us that keeping away from the wicked not only help us in a spiritual manner but in a physical manner too!

Violence accompanies the wicked. What better reason do we need to keep away from the path of the wicked?