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Proverbs 13:20

20 Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.

Read Proverbs 13:20 Using Other Translations

He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.

What does Proverbs 13:20 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 13:20

He that walketh with wise [men] shall be wise
Who is a companion of them that fear the Lord; converses frequently with them in private about spiritual and experimental things, and walks with them in public in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord; he by those means grows wiser and wiser, gains a large stock of spiritual knowledge and experience; for this holds good both in natural and spiritual wisdom, a man of any capacity at all will improve by keeping wise company; but a companion of fools shall be destroyed;
the Vulgate Latin version renders it, "shall become like them"; be a fool as they are, and grow still more and more foolish. The Septuagint version is, "shall be known"; known by the company he keeps to be a fool also: or rather, "shall be broken" F20; ruined and destroyed, "evil communications corrupt good manners", ( 1 Corinthians 15:33 ) , and so bring to ruin and destruction.


FOOTNOTES:

F20 (ewry) "conteretur", Pagninus, Montanus, Piscator, Mercerus, Gejerus; "conquassabitur", Cocceius; "fragetur", Michaelis; "infringetur", Schultens, so Ben Melech.
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