The Peril of Taking Life into Our Own Control
Proverbs 2:17
Which forsakes the guide of her youth, and forgets the covenant of her God.

We all shrink with horror from that lowest depth of human depravity here described; but we may not therefore lose the lessons of this solemn and masterly description. Forsaking and forgetting God is the one danger of life; forsaking that guidance which is from Him and leads to Him, and forgetting that covenant which binds us unto Him. The course of degradation and mischief of the unhappy person here portrayed is derived from the two facts of the text. Who remembers not, who regrets not, the fresh and balmy morning of youth? Then we were guided in the ways of righteousness. There is a season when youth becomes independent and intolerant, and chafes under the most gentle guidance. These are the days of second thoughts, days when the sweetness of forbidden waters is tasted, when the border of the debatable land is crossed. These are critical days in every man's life. Some have slipped and recovered the steps which had almost gone. With some the reason of self-guidance and independence has never passed away. They have forsaken the guide of their youth. The reason of this woful departure and falling away is thus given. "She forgetteth the covenant of her God." And are not our young people bound in covenant? Baptism and confirmation are its seals. Alas! that so many tokens of the forgetfulness of the covenant of our God are evident on the very surface of society to-day, and met with in common associations.

(Dean Alford.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.

WEB: who forsakes the friend of her youth, and forgets the covenant of her God:

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