Verse 22 points out the problem of iniquity. Now we look at the consequences. Those lost in sin will “die” (4191). Since everything that lives will die physically, this is a statement of spiritual and eternal death. Sin has consequences.
The neo-pagans are on the right track. People will go to hell because of “lack” (369) of “instruction” (4148). Where they are off is in the content of that education. They will not suffer because of a lack of knowledge about the principles of multicultural sensitivity. They will suffer for rejecting wisdom. When proverbs talks about instruction and knowledge it is talking about knowing the words of God and submitting to them. It is not about math, English, or science.
One thing is made clear in the Proverb. The “lack” (369) is because of choices. People refuse to listen. Messages are all around them, but they will not listen.
So? First, make sure you are listening. I need to put down my Wesley, Sowell and Lewis, at least until I have spent enough time with Solomon, Matthew, Paul, John and Peter. Second, look for opportunities to share.
(1 Peter 3:15 KJV) But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: