Proverbs 1:16

16 for their feet rush into evil, they are swift to shed blood.

Read Proverbs 1:16 Using Other Translations

For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.
for their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood.
They rush to commit evil deeds. They hurry to commit murder.

What does Proverbs 1:16 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 1:16

For their feet run to evil
To the evil of sin, to commit robberies and murder, and all manner of iniquity; they are eager upon it, and in haste and swift to do it, ( Proverbs 6:18 ) F24; being carried away with their inordinate affections, which are as feet to the soul; and drawn aside with their lusts, and pushed on by Satan, and, encouraged by one another, and so rush on headlong to the evil of punishment also; and which is a reason why their ways and paths should be abstained from, because they bring upon them swift destruction; it is to their own hurt they run, as Jarchi interprets it; though the first sense seems best to agree with what follows; and make haste to shed blood;
the blood of innocent persons, in order to get their substance, to cover their iniquity and shame, and that no information may be given of them; this is mentioned as having something very horrible in it, in order to deter from joining with them.


FOOTNOTES:

F24 "Velox ad facinus", Claudian. in Rufin. l. 1. v. 240.
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