The more I read Proverbs, the more I like it. I realize that it was written for us: people who love God, who want to do right in His eyes. Proverbs is a book about character building and I think we could do with a lot more of those.

Proverbs is not a book of the Law. It does not instruct us on what is evil or what we should do to absolve ourselves of doing evil. It doesn’t even really define evil. It doesn’t say this is evil and this is not evil. It just says to keep clear of it.

14 Do not enter the path of the wicked and do not proceed in the way of evil men. 15 Avoid it, do not pass by it; turn away from it and pass on.

Evil. It’s bad. Don’t go near it.

Except.

Evil looks different from the way evil used to look. When I was young, evil was more clear. It has certain looks, certain tastes and certain sounds. There were many times where I found myself in the midst of evil and I knew it.

But these days, evil looks and sounds like good things. We may call it different things like worry, gossip, and offense, but in the end, they are the things that are on the path to evil, the things that Proverbs warns us about. Cain had little intention of killing his brother, but offense led him to it. These little foxes creep up and destroy men and women who would never be caught dead on the evil path.

It’s a good lesson: keep away from evil and all it’s faces.

 

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