Proverbs 1:15 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Proverbs 1:15, NIV: "my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths;"

Proverbs 1:15, ESV: "my son, do not walk in the way with them; hold back your foot from their paths,"

Proverbs 1:15, KJV: "My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:"

Proverbs 1:15, NASB: "My son, do not walk on the way with them. Keep your feet from their path,"

Proverbs 1:15, NLT: "My child, don't go along with them! Stay far away from their paths."

Proverbs 1:15, CSB: "my son, don't travel that road with them or set foot on their path,"

What does Proverbs 1:15 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This is Solomon's plea to his children to not even pay attention to these kinds of temptations. The terms he uses here are "do not walk," and "hold back your foot." In other words, don't even let them get a word out, don't listen at all, stay completely away from the path. In no way, shape, or form should we cooperate with those who are pursuing evil.

Again, the fact that this is coming from Solomon has to be kept in mind. His personal history was one of a man who experimented with pleasure, power, and sin. In the end, he found all of those to be a waste of time. Solomon knows from experience that once you start on the wrong path it is very difficult to get off of it. The father's plea then is to stay away from the path to begin with. This is an all-too-common plea from parents to their children: "Don't make the same mistakes I did."