This chapter is a discussion Solomon had with his son about staying away from adulteress women. He said, from his window, he saw a young man (:7) headed “down the street near her corner…in the direction of her house” (:8).
Our verse says this trip was “at twilight, as the day was fading, as the dark of night set in.” During Bible days this was when everyone settled down for the night.
It was dangerous outside in the dark, with wild animals roaming around out there. Besides, walking around with no lights, it would be easy to fall into or just trip over something.
Since no one else was out – there was just no place to go and nothing to do. So, if anyone was out there, it probably wasn’t good!
This is just evening in our world and for many of us the party wouldn’t even have started yet! Still, our mommas have a modern counterpart for our verse – “nothing good ever happens after midnight!”
For sure, many of us could offer some examples of how that is true! But the point of this verse is wrong place at wrong time doing wrong things.
While the final bad decision is the wrong things we did, there would have already been a series of other bad decisions putting us where we shouldn’t have been at an inappropriate time. Doing stupid stuff at that point was pretty easy!
If I’m ever going to do better in my life, I’m going to have to think better. Solomon explained that at the beginning of the chapter (:4). “Wisdom” is the ability to see life from God’s point of view – and that can change everything!