Proverbs 3:7

Be not wise in your own eyes;

    fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.

Proverbs 3:7 ESV

Do not be wise in your own eyes is another way of saying “Don’t be a fool.” The contrast is fear the Lord and turn away from evil.” A fool does not fear the Lord, but elevates himself. Neither does he turn from evil. Instead, he engages in it.

In short, this verse gives a succinct description of how to be wise: Fear the Lord and turn away from evil. The fool fails in these points.

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