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A prudent person with insight foresees danger coming
and prepares himself for it.[a]
But the senseless rush blindly forward
and suffer the consequences.
Laying your life down in tender surrender before the Lord
will bring life, prosperity, and honor as your reward.
Twisted and perverse lives are surrounded by demonic influence.[b]
If you value your soul, stay far away from them.

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  1. Proverbs 22:3 Wise people solve problems before they happen.
  2. Proverbs 22:5 Or “thorns and snares.” This becomes a metaphor of demonic curses and troubles. Thorns are associated with the fall of Adam. Jesus wore a crown of thorns and took away our curse. The snares picture the temptations of evil that the Devil places in our path.

The prudent see danger and take refuge,(A)
    but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.(B)

Humility is the fear of the Lord;
    its wages are riches and honor(C) and life.(D)

In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls,(E)
    but those who would preserve their life stay far from them.

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