spel makes a man wise and discreet in the business of salvation and this discretion will put him upon his guard and direct him to watch against every false way. So words may be , “discretion will watch over thee” and to keep thee from everything pernicious.
Most men get into difficulties or temptations in life that cost them dearly in many different ways.
11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:”
The book of Proverbs is dedicated for acquiring discretion and understanding.
But all these efforts are of little value and only protect the body. Preserving and keeping your soul requires different efforts. Understanding will preserve your soul, and they will also preserve your life and your assets.
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding; Understanding is discerning a situation, its hidden dangers, subtle errors, and the right course of action.
Discretion will protect you from the lifestyles and choices of the evil man and the strange woman, both of which are on their way to destruction and seeking to take as many souls with them as they can. Only your discretion and understanding will keep you out of all sorts of trouble, spiritual and physical. They will bring you peace, security, success and happiness.
The “evil man” speaketh forward things, i.e., words of perverse rebellion, of a spirit stubborn, refractory, scornful and self-willed.
The “strange woman” represents all seducers to immorality and sensual indulgences, and such have a special influence on youth.
Diffidence of self and confidence in God constitute the discretion of the spiritual man.
The knowledge of our-selves includes the knowledge, theoretical and experimental of the unlimited deceitfulness of our own hearts.