Blog - Proverbs 2:15
Solomon here concludes the description of the evil men of whom he has been warning his son for the last three verses. Given that these wicked men "leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness" (Pro 2:13), it is little wonder that their "ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths." When used in a natural sense, a way that is crooked is "bent from the straight form; having (one or more) bends or angles; curved, bent, twisted, tortuous, wry" (OED). The way of the righteous is a straight path which is not to be deviated from, either to the right hand or to the left.
Pro 4:25-27 - Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. 26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. 27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.The scripture warns that "thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them" (Pro 22:5). The crooked paths of the wicked are well-suited for snares and traps, their bends and curves serving to prevent the Christian whose eyes are looking straight before him from detecting and avoiding them. The only effective way of keeping himself from those thorns and snares is to steer clear of the crooked way on which they are found. Trying to walk the twisted path of the wicked with hopes of straightening it out is a fool's errand, and the man who tries will do so in vain, seeing "that which is crooked cannot be made straight" (Ecc 1:15). Wisdom instead directs us to "enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men [and to] avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away" (Pro 4:14-15). When used figuratively, as it is here, crooked is "the reverse of ‘straight’ in figurative senses (esp. with reference to moral character and conduct); deviating from rectitude or uprightness; not straightforward; dishonest, wrong, perverse; perverted, out of order, awry" (OED). Even in this perverse generation in which we live, those who have a godly, normal sexual orientation are called straight by both the righteous and wicked alike. This is a tacit admission that the way of sodomites is not straight and is therefore crooked. Since the way of the sodomite is crooked, it is therefore "the way of the evil man" (Pro 2:12). And to this agree the words of scripture.
Lev 18:22 - Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
1Ki 14:24 - And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.
Rom 1:26-27 - For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.