This is one of those passages which created the puritans and by all intents and purposes should have the same effect in all of us. This ought to be a foundational text for hamartiology. Every child should learn this in Sunday School, however so far from being a cherished and beloved text it is somewhat a forgotten text at best and a pariah text at worst. This is not a text that the average American rejoices in when read. The difficulty is found in that it is a very plain and easy text to understand. We are all familiar with Jesus’ words is the Sermon on the Mount “whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” Here Jesus has the same hamartiology as Solomon but the subjects are different. Adultery and lust are ugly sins. We therefore embrace Jesus’s teaching because it is easier to apply. But applying the same hermeneutic to Proverbs 24:9 is much harder to live out. How does this affect our entertainment? How does this affect our friendships? Because it is easy to understand it gives us the added responsibility to live in accordance to its light. We can no longer live as if we have not read this verse.