(Pro 24:8 KJV) He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.
Who is this guy who “deviseth” (plans NASB) (2803) to “do evil” (7489a)? One of the big mistakes we make is thinking he is a rare commodity. In reality he is most of the people we meet. The Hebrew word is used 5 times in Proverbs but 122 in the Old Testament. Each time it appears in Proverbs it has some kind of negative connotation. That is not true in the OT as a whole. I thought it was interesting that it was used in what I consider the spiritual gift of craftsmanship in the building of the tabernacle.
The confusion comes because we live in a world where the concept of evil is rejected unless it is applied to Godly people living moral lives. That is considered evil by our society.
So? Make note of the multitude of places where the path of the righteous is totally different than the path of the socially accepted in our culture. Check your roadmap and make sure you are on the right route.