(Proverbs 5:6 KJV) Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.
We are giving a backhand reminder to “ponder” (6424) where we are going in “life” (2425b,NASB;2416,KJV). The God-rejecter being described here does not do it. If you are a believer in Jesus you must.
Pondering means to weigh and that was done on a balance beam scale of the day. Think about how you would concentrate if you were weighing out an ingredient in a recipe that had to be right. I am that way with cayenne in my chili. A little bit enhances the flavor. Too much ruins it for me. That is the picture here. We are to live in thoughtful consideration of the “path” (734) we walk.
So? This is not a screaming fear tactic. This is a quiet reminder to quietly think about the quiet parts of our life that end up shouting if we get them wrong.