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Avoid the Wicked, Turn Away, Pass On
Proverbs 4:15 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
15 Avoid it; do not pass by it;
turn away from it and pass on.
Avoid it; do not pass by it: The Hebrew (פָּרַע para) avoid means staying clear from, stay away from someone or something. You will stay clear of any person so as to not walk in the way or the path of evil men.
Turn away from it and pass on: The Hebrew word (שָׂטָה satah) rendered turn away from is different from avoiding. This means that you are to turn away from the way or the path of evil men.
You should never enter the path (life course) of the wicked, do not walk down it even for a moment. Stay clear of that path as your life depends on it. Avoid the path of the wicked. However, if you happen upon the path of the wicked unexpectedly, turn away from it at once. Do not pause even for a moment.
If we are to steer clear of the sins and sinners, we must detest their ways. The way of the evil men can come across as an innocent appearing situation, but it will end badly. If we love God, we are to avoid it at all costs. We are to pass by it, turn away from it and pass on so that we are not tempted to enter into it. We are not told at what distance we should remove ourselves from the sinner, but that is simple enough. We should be far removed. Furthermore, we should never hoover around sin, and the sinner here is more than a person who transgresses against God’s law by committing an immoral act or acts; it is wicked, evil men. Proverbs 15:29 tells us, “Jehovah is far from the wicked, but the prayer of the righteous he hears.” Further, Proverbs 28:9 tells us, “If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is detestable.” Escape the wicked, evil men of this world by being informed and obedient to the Word of God.
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