(Proverbs 4:16 KJV) For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.
Have you ever had nights when you just could not get to sleep? I know I have. I can be tired and yawning. I can’t focus. I sit in my chair and have a hard time staying awake but when I go to bed, sleep will not come. Often it is because something is on my mind that keeps me from relaxing. It might have been a confrontation that took place and continually does a re-run. I can’t let it go.
There are people like that in regard to “mischief” (evil NASB) (7489a). This is totally alien to us but it normal for them. They think of a chance they had to damage someone and how they missed it. They pine for that lost opportunity and relive the moment. They are beyond what we would consider the borders of normalcy. I am not talking about the clinical sociopath. I am talking about masses of people who know what is right and wrong and rejoice in doing the wrong.
So? Part of growing up is knowing that the battle we fight is not just apologetics, reason or knowledge. You cannot convince someone of a truth they admit and reject. Think of the people who saw Jesus call Lazarus from the grave (John 11:43) and then went away to plot his death. Think of the crowds who saw Him heal and went back to life as normal. That is the normal state of mankind.