Once again this chapter is broken down into two sections. The second part is called further sayings of the wise and it begins at vs. 23. I couldn’t help as I was reading it to think of those who are convinced the stronger they are, the louder they are, the more effective they can be. There are those who believe that they are able to talk themselves out of anything, even those things which are fundamentally wrong and even evil. We read a castigation to those who would say to the wicked that they are innocent. The implication is not that they are saying it to the wicked, but rather trying to justify them to the rest of the world.
The beginning of this chapter once again gives us the juxtaposition between wisdom and folly.