The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
– Proverbs 14:27
Those who fear the Lord are in the way of wisdom (Proverbs 1:7). The fountain refers to a naturally flowing water supply. It is a source that is perpetually fresh. So, the fear of the Lord gives life and refreshment continually to those who have it (Proverbs 22:4). Right fear will keep you from the snares of death (Proverbs 2:10-18; 22:5). Proverbs in this vein illustrate the spiritual nature of wisdom in Proverbs and the seriousness of the subject.