Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm. – Proverbs 13:20
A young man was sentenced to death by the judge and was asked if he had anything to say. The young man was convinced of his guilt and said: ‘I have been raised well by religious parents. However, I chose bad company in my life.’ This is another evidence that Proverbs 13:20 is true.
Risk for contamination
If you place a healthy person in a room with people who have the flu, this person has a high risk to also get the flu. It is not different when you – and this is especially true for young people – walk with sinful men. It will not be long before you do the same things they do.
Therefore, it is so true what king Solomon says here: ‘You get wise when you walk with wise people, but you suffer harm when you walk with fools.’
The Bible says in John 15:19 and 17:11-18 that we are in the world, but do not belong to the world. We live in this world, but we do not have to do evil things like this world.
Anyone who seeks the wicked and stands with them, risks that these friends will deliver him in the hands of Delilah as happened to Samson. It does not matter how great your willpower or faith in God is. You want to convert these friends, but without realizing it, they will ‘convert’ you.
Be in the company of bad people and you will become bad yourself. Be in the company of gamblers and you will become a gambler. Be in the company of thieves and you will become a thief. Be in the company of drunks and you will become a drunk, etc.
The saying goes: ‘Whoever lies down with dogs, gets up with fleas.’ Look for those who want to follow the Lord and put Him first in their lives.