10 My son, if sinners entice you, Do not consent. 11 If they say, “Come with us, Let us lie in wait to shed blood; Let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause; 12 Let us swallow them alive like Sheol, And whole, like those who go down to the Pit; 13 We shall find all kinds of precious possessions, We shall fill our houses with spoil; 14 Cast in your lot among us, Let us all have one purse”
The book of Proverbs is filled with wisdom for our times. The wisdom contained in this book is greater than mere knowing. It is knowledge with application. The Proverbs (mostly attributed to King Solomon) help us put knowledge into practice. And that is the power of true wisdom. Two important precepts are contained in these verses. Let us examine them today.
The first important principle that is discussed in this passage is this—follow the path of righteousness and avoid temptation. Believers are commanded to keep themselves from sin and to forsake the path of temptation. Do not consent to sin, Child of God. No good can come from following the path of rebellion.
The Proverbs are replete with figurative language. The symbols used in verses 11-14 make two main points. First, sin always promises much. The world, the flesh, and the devil all promise that giving in to disobedience will fulfill our wildest desires. Also, temptation makes sin look so good and appealing. God’s people should look beyond the temptation to the aftermath of sin for the truth.
Second, you can always find a partner in sin. The words “us” and “we” are peppered throughout these verses. If we surround ourselves with those who are on the path of rebellion, we will find it difficult to resist temptation and live for Christ. We are called to love and share the gospel with everyone. However, we must be careful who we allow to influence our lives. Godly people will lead us to love the Lord and obey Him. Ungodly folks could easily drive us to forsake God and His will for our lives. Christian, follow the Lord’s wisdom!