There are some things in life that are so blatantly plain and obvious that the only way misunderstanding can occur is with lots of help! Solomon’s counsel to his beloved son concerning the path of wickedness is a great example: “Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of evil. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn away from it and pass on” (Proverbs 4:14-15).
Read again the Do’s and Don’ts: Do avoid. Do turn away. Do pass on. Don’t enter the path. Don’t walk in the way. Don’t travel on it. It is not complicated or confusing. It is as clear as high noon on a cloudless day in Big Sky country.
Solomon’s counsel is not based upon flimsy trivialities. The path of wickedness is not an alternative lifestyle with very few, if any, real differences with the pathway of righteousness. Evil people are spiritually perverse: “they do not sleep unless they have done evil; and their sleep is taken away unless they make someone fall. For they eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence” (Proverbs 4:16-17).
The wise choose the bright sun-drenched path (Proverbs 4:18). The foolish choose darkness (Proverbs 4:19). There is a day/night difference between the two, so choose wisely.