Proverbs 1 – Peer Pressure

“My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them. If they say, “Come along with us; let’s lie in wait for innocent blood, let’s ambush some harmless soul; let’s swallow them alive, like the grave, and whole, like those who go down to the pit; we will get all sorts of valuable things and fill our houses with plunder; cast lots with us; we will all share the loot”— my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths; for their feet rush into evil, they are swift to shed blood. How useless to spread a net where every bird can see it! These men lie in wait for their own blood; they ambush only themselves! Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the life of those who get it.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭1:10-19‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Peer pressure is a real thing. Most of the time it is categorized as negative. Proverbs 1:10-19 is no exception. The psalmist reminds his son, ”do not give in to them.” Every parent’s desire is to have their wisdom heeded by their children. Will we heed this wisdom? or will we join in with evil men? maybe rather than trapping and killing someone, think of it more practically. Do you join evil men in teasing and harassing others? Psalmist would say, ”watch out! You are setting your own trap.”

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