Proverbs 1:15-16 (ESV)

15 my son, do not walk in the way with them;

hold back your foot from their paths,

16 for their feet run to evil,

and they make haste to shed blood.

Solomon warned his son not to walk in the way of those who do evil. The Hebrew word for “way,” derek, includes both a lifestyle and the consequences of living that lifestyle. Then the father told his son to hold back his foot, or restrain himself, from the temptation to even experiment with sinful practices. Rebellion is addicting, and those who taste it often end up enslaved by it.The feet of the wrongdoers run to evil because of their bondage to it, they simply can’t resist its deceptive lure. The wicked are quick to shed blood, which includes the life of their victims and their own lives as well. Are you currently experimenting with any thoughts or behaviors that you know are displeasing to God? If so, do whatever it takes to put an end to them. It has rightly been said, “Sin leads you further than you ever thought you would stray. Sin keeps you longer than you ever thought you would stay. And sin costs you more than you ever thought you would pay.”

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