Proverbs 9 Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of understanding. . . Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning. . . For through me your days will be many, and years will be added to your life. . . The woman Folly is loud. . . But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of the grave.
From the Interpreter's Bible, "Wisdom and Folly both offer some immediate satisfactions. Wisdom offers a feast. . . Folly offers the pleasures of sexual indulgence. She presents the added attraction of a clandestine experience. Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant (v. 17). For some reason the forbidden act has an added zest because it is forbidden. Perhaps it gives the young man a sense of independence if he flouts convention. His craving for novelty may be satisfied by the secrecy involved."
"The difference between the two invitations lies in the ultimate consequences for him who accepts them. The way of Wisdom leads on to fuller life. It has no bitter aftermath. The way of Folly ends in death, for at last her guests are in the depts of Sheol (vs. 18). If the young man takes the short view, he might heed the invitation of Folly; but if he takes the long view, he will see the good sense of accepting the invitation of Wisdom. Proverbs 14:12 repeats this warning, There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. This can apply to many things. And there are many ways to die. Take a l-o-n-g look!