Proverbs 1:12 “Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole as those that go down into the pit:”
Context – Solomon warns his son to not consent to the sinners that would entice him, to walk not in the way with them, and to refrain his foot from their path (Prov. 1:10, 15). These sinners are giving a tempting invitation to become part of their gang. Solomon commands his son to not play around or toy with their sinful way, that is, the broad way that leads to destruction. Theses sinners are out to prey on the unsuspecting innocent, to seize their possessions, and to kill them without leaving a trace of evidence behind. They are greedy of gain, which is the key to shortening their lives (Prov. 1:15-19, 28:16).
What should we learn from this? When we come to a passage of Scripture, we should seek to see why God gave us it and God’s character. In this passage, we see God’s heart through Solomon for His son, to resist the world’s offers of pleasure, to walk justly, to stay on the narrow way, to fear Him, embrace wisdom, and to view God’s and our parent’s law as a crown of favor to our head and chains of gold about our necks that we hold in high esteem (Prov. 1:7-19).
Today, have you thanked the Lord for the parents He has given you and for the love He has for you? Have You thanked Him for being your Heavenly Father who is perfect (Psalm 18:30, Matthew 5:48). Is your life yielded to Him to do whatever He wants you to do? God wants and has given His best for us. Are you giving less than your best to Him?