“Fools mock at sin, But among the upright there is good will.” NASB
Foolish people mock at sin, in part because they have no idea what sin really is. A wise person knows that sin is always destructive, and always deadly. A fool mocks to excuse, to make light of, and to ease the conscience. In spite of the levity of folly, sin still leads to death.
On the other hand, a wise person, indeed an upright person, will find favor with God and man. Righteousness leads to life, and wisdom makes the choice pretty clear: life or death. I don't fully understand what it means that "among the upright there is good will," but I like how Young's Literal Translation renders it:
"Among the upright - - a pleasing thing."
I don't know about you, but I would rather have "a pleasing thing," than whatever is behind the thin mask of temptation.
Today, when you are tempted to make light of sin, temptation, or evil - when it's easy to make it sound like no big deal, something to mock - remember Proverbs 14:9. If you don't want to be a fool, don't practice folly.
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