“Leave your simple ways, and live, and walk in the way of insight" (v6). The proverbs teach young people to build their lives on a foundation of righteousness, yet they also call people at all stages of life to turn away from sin and choose God’s path. Those who are hard-hearted won’t listen, but others will hear God’s voice and change their ways (v8). At any stage, fearing God is the beginning of a life-long, better journey (v10-11).
“If you are wise, you are wise for yourself” (v12). God calls us to follow His ways – wisdom – even when those around us are living differently. We are responsible for our own choices.