Proverbs 7:8 (NKJV) — 8 Passing along the street near her corner; And he took the path to her house
The first mistake of a young man without understanding. The first step in laying aside every weight and sin that so easily besets us (Hebrews 12:1) is to avoid the places, people, or circumstances that prey on one’s weakness. If the young man of this passage had remembered the admonition of Proverbs 5:8 to stay far away from the immoral woman’s house, he would never have fallen into her trap. If Eve had stayed away from the forbidden tree, she would never have succumbed to temptation. Temptation usually comes in cycles, and it is usually related to certain times, events, places, or people. The wise person will anticipate these temptations and avoid them to the extent possible.