“A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished.”
The prudent man, or wise man, sees evil coming. He is looking for it, aware of it, and then he gets out of the way. He avoids evil because he is simply aware of what is going on.
The simple are oblivious. They keep trotting along, unaware or unconcerned about the danger, and the result is that they end up smack dab in the middle of evil, and they are punished or chastised for it.
One spiritual discipline we need to cultivate is honest spiritual awareness. I add “honest” here because it is far too easy for us to be aware of the evil approaching someone else and ignoring the one that we are sitting down to have coffee with. We must honestly evaluate the evils that we seem to find ourselves in the middle of – what are the sins that you find yourself confessing regularly or, worse, failing to confess and fight? Identify them (you probably already know), look out for them, and “hide” yourself from them.
In Romans 13:14 Paul expresses a similar idea – “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.” Make no provision for the sins that you struggle with. Put on Christ and look at your life through His eyes. Identify those sins and don’t make any provision for them – don’t put yourself in situations to be tempted (Examples – gossips don’t need to hang out with gossips), by lack of accountability, by the wrong company, or by providing yourself opportunity.