(Proverbs 14:27 KJV) The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
The overview here says that “fear” (3374) will keep us from “death” (4194). The KJV says we will “depart” (5493) from the “snares” (4170). The NASB says we will “avoid” them. It seems a little different emphasis but I find hope in both translations. The basic meaning of the word is “to turn aside.” You can see how you can get both translations.
Which applies to you? It depends on the day, the need in your life and the voice of the Holy Spirit. This is the glorious truth of the inspiration of scripture. The Holy Spirit is the interpreter who brings out the truth. He will meet you where you are and it does no damage to the truth.
So? First, walk in fear. Second, make sure that death is not a part of your portfolio of options. You can escape it or avoid it all together, but life is there.