A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.
– Proverbs 14:16
Proper fear marks a wise man. Through wisdom and fear he identifies evil and departs from it to go in the way that is upright (Proverbs 22:3; 3:7; 16:6, 17). The contrasted mark of the fool is confidence. He is overconfident in his own wisdom and way (Proverbs 26:12; 14:12), so he rageth, or passes on his determined way despite warnings or counsel (Proverbs 7:22).