Proverbs 16:25 (NLT)
25 There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.
This is a repetition of Proverbs 14:12. Obviously it was an important thought to King Solomon; the wisest of all men. It is a warning to take caution in not deceiving ourselves to believe something is right when it is wrong. It is self delusion, a jealousy of our own desires, and a false examination of our own thoughts that lead us down this destructive path.
I have known some smart people in my life; but these intelligent, well educated, informed people have done some right stupid things. This isn’t anything new. In fact King Solomon, the wisest of all men, followed destructive paths. His wisdom was given to him by God, but God allowed Solomon to follow his own paths. Some of those paths were very wrong and led him away from God. 1 Kings 11 tells us “King Solomon loved many foreign women. Besides Pharaoh’s daughter, he married women from Moab, Ammon, Edom, Sidon, and from among the Hittites. The Lord had clearly instructed the people of Israel, ‘You must not marry them, because they will turn your hearts to their gods.’ Yet Solomon insisted on loving them anyway. He had 700 wives of royal birth and 300 concubines. And in fact, they did turn his heart away from the Lord.” Even with wisdom, even with instruction and warnings from God, Solomon continued to follow his own path. Everything seemed right to Solomon. It seemed right to disobey God for his own pleasures. It seemed right to turn to other gods because the women he loved followed other gods. Repeated twice through proverbs Solomon obviously reflected on his own decisions to follow his own ways and the troubles it brought him. Follow the words of Isaiah, “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.”