(Proverbs 11:14 KJV) Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
If we are too stubborn to listen to wise “counsel” (guidance NASB) (8456) we will “fall” (5307). We tend to think of falling as what happens when we stub our toe, lose our balance and hit the ground. That is definitely a fall but this is bigger than that. This is more along the lines of the fall of Rome.
Notice that the result being lost is “victory” (8668) not health. The NASB marginal note says it literally means “deliverance”. It can also mean salvation. This is a result that applies to an entire “people” (5971a). It tells us that our nation, whatever that may be for you, needs to listen to the voices of Godly wisdom. It might even apply on a smaller scale such as a denomination or a community group. We live in a world that gets advice from sources that are opposed to God.
We need to speak up.
So? For most of us this does not mean getting a soap box and preaching on corners. It means that in daily conversations and in normal meetings we need to be the voice of truth and principle. You may be the only voice. You may be the only hope.