Proverbs 7:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Proverbs 7:8, NIV: "He was going down the street near her corner, walking along in the direction of her house"

Proverbs 7:8, ESV: "passing along the street near her corner, taking the road to her house"

Proverbs 7:8, KJV: "Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house,"

Proverbs 7:8, NASB: "Passing through the street near her corner; And he takes the way to her house,"

Proverbs 7:8, NLT: "He was crossing the street near the house of an immoral woman, strolling down the path by her house."

Proverbs 7:8, CSB: "Crossing the street near her corner, he strolled down the road to her house"

What does Proverbs 7:8 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This continues Solomon's depiction of how reckless actions, contrary to godly wisdom, result in disaster. Solomon describes a foolish young man walking along the street near the corner where a predatory woman lives. Instead of passing by her corner, he turned down the street that led to her house. Apparently, he intentionally wanted to visit her, perhaps thinking she would satisfy his lust and show him a good time. But he was foolish and did exactly the opposite of what Solomon had counseled in Proverbs 5:8: "Keep your way far from her, and do not go near the door of her house."

First Thessalonians 5:22 admonishes believers to "abstain from every form of evil." Instead of putting ourselves at risk by seeing how close to evil we can come without participating in it, we need to stay as far from evil as possible. The young man Solomon observed drawing near the adulteress's house should have maintained a straight course away from her house. Instead, he purposely headed into danger.