And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,
– Proverbs 7:7
Solomon saw a group of young simpletons. The simple in Proverbs are gullible, naïve, and aimless. If not corrected by wisdom, they go on to become full-blown fools. Being young, they are also inexperienced. Lack of experience is one of the great dangers to the young. Of course, they can’t help being inexperienced, but it is all the more reason to listen to the instruction of wisdom, which is designed to inform the simple (Proverbs 1:4). The word for understanding is also translated “heart” frequently. It stands the mind. Solomon is saying he saw a young man without a brain, and that is proven from what follows.