Proverbs 1:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Proverbs 1:11, NIV: "If they say, 'Come along with us; let's lie in wait for innocent blood, let's ambush some harmless soul;"

Proverbs 1:11, ESV: "If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood; let us ambush the innocent without reason;"

Proverbs 1:11, KJV: "If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:"

Proverbs 1:11, NASB: "If they say, 'Come with us, Let’s lie in wait for blood, Let’s ambush the innocent without cause;"

Proverbs 1:11, NLT: "They may say, 'Come and join us. Let's hide and kill someone! Just for fun, let's ambush the innocent!"

Proverbs 1:11, CSB: "If they say--"Come with us! Let's set an ambush and kill someone. Let's attack some innocent person just for fun!"

What does Proverbs 1:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Verses 11–14 represent a fictitious quote Solomon uses as an example. His suggestion sounds over the top, so much so that a reader may say, "No one would ever be attracted to these things." However, what is dangerous are the lures used in each verse. Solomon exaggerates in order to make the point clear—the proper response to these temptations should be obvious, but it is not always so easy. Recognizing them in an extreme example gives us perspective to see them in less radical scenarios.

Verse 11 is about the concept of peer pressure. This sets up the warning that enticement is often a group effort. This is the "come on, everyone is doing it" theme of our day. Countless evil things have been excused on the grounds that many people were involved. The sinner says, "Come with us," and "let us." Even though what they appear to be doing is grotesque, Solomon is making the point that the group mentality is seductive. Against one or two people, we may be able to stand firm, but when a group is egging us on, it is much harder to resist.