Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in ways of darkness;
– Proverbs 2:13
The way of evil men forsakes or abandons the good and right path. Uprightness describes a straight and plain way. This verse shows that evil men prefer another way. They leave the good path “to walk in ways of darkness.” Darkness is often a figure for moral evil, ignorance, misery, oppression, and the like. Here it comprehends all of these. The way of darkness is a way apart from the light of wisdom. Walking speaks of a continued action, i.e. a habit. That is the bent and tendency of evil men and why they speak perverse things. Again, wisdom works in us to preserve and keep us from such error.