Wicked is defined in the dictionary as morally bad in principle or practice. Synonyms include “Sinful, unlawful, immoral.” I don’t think there is much of a question as to what the word means. However, in our world that we live in people skirt the issue of what is to be labeled wicked. The term wicked is usually reserved for extreme cases such as Hitler and Mussolini. Christians use the term when talking about Satan. But when we read through the proverbs Solomon refers often to wicked people. To my knowledge there was no Hitler in his day. Moreover, it says things like “Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evil men.” in verse 14 below.
So, who was he warning his sons about? He was warning against fraternizing with anyone who was immoral, sinful, or not practicing the law. It’s simple… wicked people are all around us. We ourselves, but by the grace of God, are naturally wicked. Any man who makes foul language a part of his daily speech (many of us mess up occasionally, it’s nature, don’t beat yourself up. But don’t allow it to be the norm.) Anyone who drinks to get drunk. The seductress at the office. The guy who has nothing good to say about anyone. Don’t surround yourself with wicked men! Choose carefully your company. Another synonym for wicked, obviously, is the word evil. The Bible tells us to avoid even the appearance of evil. We are also told that we can become guilty by associate. So if you hang with wicked/evil people you lose credibility with others. If you hang with sinners you become viewed as a sinner. You lose your testimony and you open up doors for temptation and evil to enter into your life.
Have you ever noticed that if you keep company with people who swear you find yourself swearing more? I sure know I do. Something slipped out of my mouth today and I caught myself in my mind – where did that come from? We have to be vigilant, always on guard. It’s much easier to be dragged down than pulled up
Wisdom Is Supreme
1 Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction;
pay attention and gain understanding.
2 I give you sound learning,
so do not forsake my teaching.
3 When I was a boy in my father’s house,
still tender, and an only child of my mother,
4 he taught me and said,
“Lay hold of my words with all your heart;
keep my commands and you will live.
5 Get wisdom, get understanding;
do not forget my words or swerve from them.
6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
love her, and she will watch over you.
7 Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom.
Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
8 Esteem her, and she will exalt you;
embrace her, and she will honor you.
9 She will set a garland of grace on your head
and present you with a crown of splendor.”
10 Listen, my son, accept what I say,
and the years of your life will be many.
11 I guide you in the way of wisdom
and lead you along straight paths.
12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered;
when you run, you will not stumble.
13 Hold on to instruction, do not let it go;
guard it well, for it is your life.
14 Do not set foot on the path of the wicked
or walk in the way of evil men.
15 Avoid it, do not travel on it;
turn from it and go on your way.
16 For they cannot sleep till they do evil;
they are robbed of slumber till they make someone fall.
17 They eat the bread of wickedness
and drink the wine of violence.
18 The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn,
shining ever brighter till the full light of day.
19 But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness;
they do not know what makes them stumble.
20 My son, pay attention to what I say;
listen closely to my words.
21 Do not let them out of your sight,
keep them within your heart;
22 for they are life to those who find them
and health to a man’s whole body.
23 Above all else, guard your heart,
for it is the wellspring of life.
24 Put away perversity from your mouth;
keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead,
fix your gaze directly before you.
26 Make level paths for your feet
and take only ways that are firm.
27 Do not swerve to the right or the left;
keep your foot from evil.