[15 [Folly is] calling out to those who pass by,
who go straight on their way,
16 “Let all who are simple come to my house!”
To those who have no sense she says,
17 “Stolen water is sweet;
food eaten in secret is delicious!”]
18 But little do they know that the dead are there,
that her guests are deep in the realm of the dead.
Folly entices her prey with stolen sweetness and hidden pleasures. Some laugh as they pass by and others pause in curiosity, but very few realize the danger before them. She makes a joke of her lawlessness, passing it off as just a bit of fun. Nothing to be taken seriously, of course! But she is tinged with the scent of death, beneath her flippancy there is a ground note of despair. We have been told that “to fear the Lord is to hate evil.” That is, to take it seriously – no matter how well it is dressed up and offered as fun.