The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
– Proverbs 10:27
The fear of the Lord is where we begin in divine wisdom (Psalm 111:10; Proverbs 1:7). Continuing in fear means continuing in wisdom and departing from sin (Proverbs 16:6) and coming into God’s goodness (Psalm 31:19). In general, walking in fear and wisdom tends to long life whereas continuing in wickedness tends to being cut off (Psalm 55:23). Whatever prospering the wicked enjoy, it is short lived (Job 12:6; Psalm 73:12; 17:13-14).