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Shun the Wicked Paths, the Ways of Evil Men
Proverbs 4:14 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
14 Do not enter the path of the wicked,
and do not walk in the way of evil men.
Do not enter the path of the wicked: the Hebrew noun (אֹרַח orach) road, way, path is figuratively speaking of a manner or course of conduct that we should not imitate, and we should not live, do, or be like the wicked.
And do not walk in the way of evil men: In the Bible, the expression “to walk” (אָשַׁר ashar) is illustrative and can mean to follow a certain course of action, as “Noah walked with God.” (Gen. 6:9; 5:22) It means to live or behave in a specified manner. Those who walk with God follow the life course outlined by God’s Word and will find his favor, that is, be pleasing to him. Pursuing such a life course makes you different from most unbelievers. The Greek New Testament uses the same illustrative expression, contrasting two different courses of action sought by one before and after becoming a servant of God. (Eph. 2:2, 10; 4:17; 5:2) Similarly, “running” is also used to symbolize a course of action. (1 Pet. 4:4) God tells us that the prophets in Judah “ran” though he did not send them, yet they took the prophetic course, that is, prophesied falsely. (Jer. 23:21) Paul gives us a visual picture of the Christian course in terms of “running.” He compares it to a race that a person must run while also obeying the rules of the race if they are to win the prize. (1 Cor. 9:24; Gal. 2:2; 5:7) Therefore, you would not want to behave or follow the lifestyle of the wicked.
We must be extremely careful not to stumble into sin or fall in with sinners. The word of God is our teacher, a faithful guide showing us the right paths. (Pro 4:11) Here we are warned of the paths that would put us into danger of being drawn from the path of life. Those with a deeper knowledge of God’s Word, trained in the correct way to go, should never veer off the path of life into another path of the wicked or the way of evil men. This is extremely dangerous to the welfare of one’s spirituality. Do not take one more step down the path of the wicked or walk further in the way of evil men, for every step will cause our conscience to become more callused, and the hope of escaping will grow dimmer and dimmer. Therefore, the moment that we are aware of the foolish mistake we have made, we need to remove ourselves immediately, for this path ends in eternal destruction.