Proverbs 1:10

10 My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them.

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Proverbs 1:10 in Other Translations

KJV
10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
ESV
10 My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.
NLT
10 My child, if sinners entice you, turn your back on them!
MSG
10 Dear friend, if bad companions tempt you, don't go along with them.
CSB
10 My son, if sinners entice you, don't be persuaded.

Proverbs 1:10 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 1:10

My son, if sinners entice thee
Endeavour to seduce thee from thy parents, and draw thee aside from them, from listening to their instructions, advice, and commands; and make use of all plausible arguments to persuade thee to join with them in the sins they are addicted unto, and are continually employed in: for this is not to be understood of such who are sinners by nature, and through infirmity of the flesh, as all men are; but of notorious sinners, who are guilty of the grossest enormities, who live in sin, and give up themselves to work all manner of wickedness; sin is their trade and business, and the constant course of their lives; they are hardened, impudent, and daring, and not content to sin themselves, but do all they can to draw in others; and to preserve youth from filling into such bad company is this exhortation given in this tender, affectionate, and moving manner; next to the fear of God, and regard to parents, is this caution given to shun the company of wicked men, which young men are liable to be drawn into, and is of fatal consequence;

consent thou not;
yield not to their persuasions, listen not to their solicitations, show no liking and approbation of them, assent neither by words nor deeds; do not say "thou wilt"; say "I will not", and abide by it; be deaf to all their entreaties, and proof against all their persuasions.

Proverbs 1:10 In-Context

8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
9 They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.
10 My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them.
11 If they say, “Come along with us; let’s lie in wait for innocent blood, let’s ambush some harmless soul;
12 let’s swallow them alive, like the grave, and whole, like those who go down to the pit;

Cross References 3

  • 1. Genesis 39:7; S Job 24:15
  • 2. Deuteronomy 13:8
  • 3. ver 15; Psalms 1:1; Proverbs 16:29; Ephesians 5:11
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