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Proverbs 22:5

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

Read Proverbs 22:5 Using Other Translations

Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.
Thorns and snares are in the way of the crooked; whoever guards his soul will keep far from them.
Corrupt people walk a thorny, treacherous road; whoever values life will avoid it.

What does Proverbs 22:5 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 22:5

Thorns [and] snares [are] in the way of the froward
Who walks contrary to the will and law of God; such a man meets with troubles, which are as thorns, grieving and distressing to him; and is taken in snares, and brought into difficulties, out of which he is not easily extricated; the thorns of affliction, and the snares of Satan: by the one his way is hedged up, and in the other his feet are taken; he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them;
he that is concerned for the good of his soul, is careful for the welfare of that, and takes heed to his ways where and how he walks, will be far both from the way of the froward, and from the thorns and snares which are in his way.

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