[12 Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men,
from men whose words are perverse…]
15 whose paths are crooked
and who are devious in their ways.
The crooked path is exhausting, constantly winding back and forth with little progress made. So it is with the wicked, whose lives are unnecessarily complicated. Their shortcuts turn out to be dead ends, they break the rules only to be broken by them. It is wisdom that will save you from their ways, enabling you to doubt their promises and their threats. Like a map it will show you which paths to take and which to avoid, like a compass it will orient you to your goals. It will guide you through unavoidable obstacles, and around unneeded complications.