10 My child, if sinners entice you,
turn your back on them!
16 They rush to commit evil deeds.
They hurry to commit murder.
17 If a bird sees a trap being set,
it knows to stay away.
18 But these people set an ambush for themselves;
they are trying to get themselves killed.
You ever hear of a “bird brain”? The Bible often uses birds as an example of an animal that isn’t all that intelligent. Ephraim is called a “silly dove” in one passage.
A bird is often smart enough to see when a trap is being set, however. Only the silliest of the silly fall into a trap they have seen being set. Yet, the wicked are compared to exactly that.
The biblical definition of a fool is given in this chapter of the Proverbs.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools[a] despise wisdom and instruction.
- Proverbs 1:7 The Hebrew words rendered fool in Proverbs, and often elsewhere in the Old Testament, denote a person who is morally deficient.
The word for “instruction” is sometimes also rendered “discipline”, which is a bit more correct. It can mean chastening or correction as well. Fools don’t take kindly to corrective words. They become angry when someone says they are wrong, and they justify their actions. They cannot see the consequences of their rejection of God and His revealed knowledge.
It is their pride that blinds them, and they cannot see that the net that is being set for them is their own.