Walk with the wise and become wise,
for a companion of fools suffers harm.
Proverbs 13:20 NIV
The proverbs are bits of wisdom that a father might pass on to his son. They are intended to help him, and others who listen, to succeed in life. They are not a guarantee that all will go well. But they are general principles that will prove beneficial to those who live by them.
Choose Your Friends Carefully
There can be many criteria that determine who becomes a friend. Sometimes our reasons are good. But other times, we may find that we have not chosen wisely. This proverb gives us one important criterion. And it is related to a person’s moral character. Generally, when we talk about being wise or foolish, we are referring to the way a person thinks. But that is not the case in Proverbs. In Proverbs, wisdom is personified as a woman who leads us to righteous living. In contrast, foolishness is personified as an adulterous woman who leads people into moral failure.