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The Temptation of Sinners

Proverbs 1:10-19 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

10 My son, if sinners entice you,
do not consent.
11 If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood;
let us ambush the innocent without reason;
12 like Sheol swallow them alive,
and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
13 we shall find all precious goods,
we shall fill our houses with spoil;
14 throw in your lot among us;
we will all have one purse,”
15 my son, do not walk in the way with them.
Keep your feet from their path,
16 for their feet run to evil,
and they make haste to shed blood.
17 For in vain is a net spread
in the sight of any bird.
18 But these men lie in wait for their own blood;
they set an ambush for their own lives.
19 Such are the ways of everyone who is greedy for unjust gain;
it takes away the life of its possessors.

The enticement clearly is material pursuit. The “sinner” never has his mind on working for his gain, no he is looking for the easiest and quickest way to make a profit, even if it involves violence, to which he seeks to seduce the young mind of others to join his scheming ways. Just as Sheol ‘will swallow the innocent alive,’ so to the sinner will bring the inexperienced ones ‘down into the pit,’ robbing him of his innocence, and the life he could have had in service to Jehovah. These sinners are looking, not at a career as a construction worker, a doctor, a lawyer, or a teacher, but as a career criminal, to which they hope to ‘fill their houses with money or valuables seized or stolen.’ The older criminal preys on the younger one, seeking to get him ‘throw in his lot,’ making this life of crime look like a romantic adventure. This is certainly a wakeup call for all of us, who have children in this gang-ridden world of crime, drugs, and alcohol. These young ones see gang leaders driving around in hundred-thousand-dollar cars, wearing expensive jewelry, and living life to its fullest, or so it appears. These thugs recruit young ones to do their dirty work of selling drugs on street corners or kill rivalry gangs in drive-by-shootings. It is this showy display of quick wealth, which recruits these young minds into the den of this underworld. Science has shown that the part of a person’s brain that evaluates the differences between right and wrong, is not fully developed until the age of twenty-five.

Everyone “who are greedy for gain,” may succeed for a moment, but will end in disaster. It may be a life of being paralyzed from a drive-by-shooting, assassinated in an alley, life behind bars, drug overdose, or even sitting on death row awaiting an execution. Yes, these ones that prey on others will receive their just rewards in the end, even if that end is the loss of the chance they could have had, everlasting life. Truly wicked ones will not change their ways, as they are beyond repentance, and are blinded by the god of this wicked system of things. (2 Cor. 4:3-4) However, we can rescue the young one, who may fall prey to their seductive ways.