The first “talk” says that wisdom involves Fearing the Lord by Staying Away from Sinners.
The path of wisdom is to stay away from sinners first by resisting their temptations (vv. 10-14) that entice by “everybody’s doing it,” (v. 11a), excitement (v. 11), ease (v. 12), and extravagance (vv. 13-14). Second, by running from their lifestyle (vv. 15-16), resisting temptation and staying far away (v. 15), seeing their true character and end (v.16). Third, the path of wisdom is to stay away from sinners by avoiding the ruin that will surely fall upon them as a result of their own doings (vv. 17-19). Those who are wise see past glitzy externals and live by the fear of the Lord, for eternity rather than the passing pleasures of sin.
- What is the specific kind of sinful person here?
- How can the basic principles of fearing the Lord with regard to this sin be applied to other instances of temptation?
- Also note Matt 26:41; Gal 5:16-26