He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed. (Proverbs 13:20)
It is at best difficult to expound on the simplicity of this clear proverb. Nevertheless, just in case you miss it, I'll try. 1 Corinthians 15:33 says it this way, "Do not be deceived: ‘Evil company corrupts good habits.’” Have you ever been around people who smoke and noticed that the smell of that smoke permeates your clothing and you stink as well? The same applies to being a companion of fools. However, the same applies to keeping company with the wise. Wisdom can and does, as the adage says, “Rub off.” If bad company corrupts good morals, then godly company ought to enhance them. Don’t you wish your children understood this? It seems as if youth has a strong tendency to be attracted to the latter. And some of us have never grown up. Find and encourage your children to find wise men and women with whom to walk. Why be fools always fooling with the foolish?