7 and I have seen among the simple,
I have perceived among the youths,
a young man lacking sense,
8 passing along the street near her corner,
taking the road to her house
9 in the twilight, in the evening,
at the time of night and darkness.
If possible, read the entire Proverb to understand context.
In the verses quoted above, the author is directing us toward phenomenal wisdom.
You see, what started the guy’s downfall was being somewhere he shouldn’t.
What began the downward spiral toward destruction was being somewhere at a time when he was “lacking sense.”
This guy fell – and fell hard – all because he took the “simple” (i.e., “easy”) route.
Instead of going home the more difficult way, he went home the easier, more “scenic” way, if you will.
Instead of staying put for the night, he went the way he knew he could catch a glimpse of something he should never be looking at in the first place.
Instead of redirecting his steps to avoid “her street,” he thought he might “just go see” if she’s out and about.
Men: where and when is that corner for you?
It may be a real live corner where a real live woman is who wants your money for her body.
Or, it may be the button you hope pops up when you go to that site.
It may be the three clicks it takes from a “perfectly normal” site that takes you right to where “she” is.
Or, it may be down the hall from your desk. . . or across the field at your child’s baseball game.
Wherever that “corner” is for you – I am guessing there is a particular time of day/night where the “lack of sense” and “simplicity” of mind comes heavily into play.
Here’s the wisdom of the Proverb: Know when that time is and take the hard way around the corner!
If you tend to fall to internet “corners” at night – refuse to get on-line after dark.
If you tend to walk by her desk when everyone else goes home, LEAVE WHEN EVERYONE ELSE LEAVES.
The wisdom here isn’t to necessarily run from your God-given impulses (though there are definite boundaries where they should be used!). No, the wisdom here is to know when and where your impulses seem to always lead toward a sinful path and RUN!
A simple man says to himself, “Oh, there’s nothing wrong with going to this site . . . I’ll just click here, then here, then . . . .” Uh oh.
A simple man says to himself, “Oh, I’ve got to get some work done before tomorrow. I’m on a roll. I don’t think she’s gonna stay . . . .” Uh oh.
A wise man? He knows not to even get on the net at a certain time. He knows to go home before/when everyone else is leaving. He knows where the “corner” is and the time of day where he loses his “senses.”
A wise man does not “stray into her paths.” Why? “for many a victim she has laid low, and all her slain are a mighty throng.”
Be wise. Don’t be next.