“A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.” - Proverbs 22:3 (Cp.14:16; 27:12).
          Solomon has much to catch our attention concerning just what prudence indeed refers to.  We’ve talked about the idea before this before and come to conclusion that it refers to the taking in of the wisdom and understanding of the Scripture and then learning to interpret the world around us and matters we are faced with in order to arrive at the proper course of action and interpretation so as to proceed in a godly and God glorifying fashion.  This verse actually demonstrates the truth of this definition for us.  It is not talking about any kind of a psychic foresight, but rather of an accumulated wisdom that givens a kind of warning and enables us to “hide” ourselves from whatever undesirable thing is in the process of approaching.  Included in the idea of prudence is that of taking action to forestall or avoid the effect of what negative is coming.  Again, this is borne out by the second phrase of the verse:  “…foreseeth the evil,”.  The word can, as some versions render it, “see”, in the regular sense of perceiving through our physical eyes.  But it can also be used in a metaphorical sense and speak of anything from the anticipation and interpretation of some oncoming event or situation in the context of what one has learned from God and His Word. 

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