The Passion Translation
3 A prudent person with insight foresees danger coming
and prepares himself for it.[a]
But the senseless rush blindly forward
and suffer the consequences.
4 Laying your life down in tender surrender before the Lord
will bring life, prosperity, and honor as your reward.
5 Twisted and perverse lives are surrounded by demonic influence.[b]
If you value your soul, stay far away from them.
- Proverbs 22:3 Wise people solve problems before they happen.
- 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.