Recognize a dangerous situation and not try to avoid it or protect myself from it? Yes, I agree with this proverb in chapter 22, that’s foolish.
“A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.” Proverbs 22:3 NIV
Another proverb that catches my eye is “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” 21:6
The word train means “to control or guide towards a specific goal (as in training a plant up a wall).” Another dictionary entry says “to guide or teach (to do something) as by subjecting to various exercises or experiences (like an athlete preparing to compete, or a warrior preparing for battle).” Training requires a lot of hard work over a period of time, is entirely worthwhile, and is not without pain. A serious long-term commitment. With eternal rewards.
I’m so glad I can trust my patient Trainer to teach me well. After all, he gave his all for me.
by Kathy Sheldon Davis