Proverbs 1 lays the foundation for Solomon’s appeal for his son to listen to his father’s counsel and choose the path of godly wisdom over the enticements of sinners.
Solomon warned his son concerning the character of the wicked and urged him to refuse their enticements to do evil (1:10-19). Portraying godly wisdom as a woman, Solomon gave her voice and invited youth to heed her counsel, warning those who refuse that calamity would assail their lives (1:20-31).
We come today to the closing verses of Proverbs 1 that are a summary of the two paths men may choose. Proverbs 1:32 is the destiny of men who play the fool and refuse to heed godly counsel.
Proverbs 1:32 – “For the turning away [refusing to repent; backsliding] of the simple [silly, foolish; one lacking discernment] shall slay [kill] them, and the prosperity [carefree attitude] of fools [one lacking understanding; stupid] shall destroy them.”
A man who chooses the way of sin will inevitably arrive at the destination where all fools go—death and destruction. We have learned that “the way of a fool is right in his own eyes” (12:15) and the sad reality is the answer to the question: “What can you teach a fool?” is—Nothing! Absolutely nothing!
Proverbs 1:33 offers us a closing contrast to the fool—those who hearken to wisdom’s counsel.
Proverbs 1:33 – “But whoso hearkeneth [hears, listens and obeys] unto me [godly wisdom] shall dwell [abide; remain] safely [secured; without worry and anxiety], and shall be quiet [at peace, ease and rest] from fear [dread; terror] of evil [wickedness; mischief; adversity].”
What a wonderful promise for those who choose godly wisdom for their guide. Unlike the fool whose way comes to sorrow, the man who heeds godly counsel will find peace and quiet at his journey end.
Copyright 2014 – Travis D. Smith