Traveling paths that go nowhere, wandering in a maze of detours and dead ends.
Wise friends will rescue you from the Temptress - that smooth-talking Seductress
Who's faithless to the husband she married years ago, never gave a second thought to her promises before God.
Her whole way of life is doomed; every step she takes brings her closer to hell.
No one who joins her company ever comes back, ever sets foot on the path to real living.
So - join the company of good men and women, keep your feet on the tried and true paths.
It's the men who walk straight who will settle this land, the women with integrity who will last here.
The corrupt will lose their lives; the dishonest will be gone for good.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)