“He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”
Just about everyone has heard the old English proverb, “He that lies down with dogs shall rise up with fleas.” If not, let me explain. This proverb involves two things: a person and a dog. What is the action that is involved? They are very close to each other. So close, in fact (“lies down with”), that the fleas that are on the dog would move to the person.
So what does Proverbs 13:20 have to do with fleas? Answer: Association.
If the person was not associated with the dog, then there would be no possible way for that person to get fleas from the dog.
Solomon is explaining to us that we must be careful with whom we associate. He is telling us that we need to be very careful who we have as our friends and those we depend on.
This verse is simply saying that we need to make sure that we associate with wise men and not with foolish companions.
As I was preparing for this post, I came across this saying,
“Your friends are like the buttons on an elevator. They will either take you up or they will take you down” – Author Unknown
I am asking you today, based on Proverbs 13:20, are the people that you associate with bringing you closer to God or taking you further away from Him?
I love the way the New Living Translation says this verse, “Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.”
Psalms 1:1 says, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly…”
So, do you have fleas? Are you associating with people that are getting you into trouble? If so, it’s time to “de-bug or de-fool” your life and seek out people of wisdom. Just as the verse says, “walk with the wise and become wise”!
Lord, help us to be careful who we associate with in our lives. We know that we are to be salt and light in this world, but help us to make sure we seek the counsel of wise men and women and not those who will lead us into trouble. Give us wisdom each day to seek out those who give wisdom based on your Word.
- “Tell me your companions, and I will tell you what you are.”
- “He that lives with cripples learns to limp” (Dutch Proverb)
- “He that goes with wolves learns to howl” (Spanish Proverb)