I am right to “feareth” (cautious NASB) (3372a) but the context here is not in taking risks. It is in relation to moral issues. The righteous and thoughtful “departheth” (turns away NASB) (5493) from “evil” (7451b). This does not mean we are to be foolhardy about every day issues. It is a reminder of how vulnerable we are on the morals field.
Think about the difference. Let’s say you are driving to work and are trying to turn onto a busy street from a side street. Sometimes you are tempted to just floor it and try to squeeze into that little space between those two trucks. Caution prevails. You wait and live to drive another day. You have not laid the groundwork for foolishness next time. You either acted or you did not.
Moral decisions are different. There are many small steps we can take before we cross the line. Each step is dangerous, takes us a step closer to death and makes the next step easier. Sane people don’t get up in the morning and say, “I think I will commit adultery today.” No, it starts by clicking a link on your internet connection that takes you to something which is suggestive. Next time it is easier to make the next click.
(James 1:14-16 KJV) But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.So? Be wise today. Be cautious. Or as is sometimes said, “Don’t even go there!”