Proverbs 13:20
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.

New Living Translation
Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.

English Standard Version
Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.

New American Standard Bible
He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm.

King James Bible
He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who walks with the wise will become wise, but a companion of fools will suffer harm.

International Standard Version
Whoever keeps company with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools suffers harm.

NET Bible
The one who associates with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that walks with the wise will be wise, and he that walks with a fool will harm himself.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever walks with wise people will be wise, but whoever associates with fools will suffer.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that walks with wise men shall be wise, but the companion of fools shall be destroyed.

King James 2000 Bible
He that walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

American King James Version
He that walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

American Standard Version
Walk with wise men, and thou shalt be wise; But the companion of fools shall smart for it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that walketh with the wise, shall be wise: a friend of fools shall become like to them.

Darby Bible Translation
He that walketh with wise [men] becometh wise; but a companion of the foolish will be depraved.

English Revised Version
Walk with wise men, and thou shalt be wise: but the companion of fools shall smart for it.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

World English Bible
One who walks with wise men grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is walking with wise men is wise, And a companion of fools suffereth evil.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

13:14. The rule by which the wise regulate their conduct, is a fountain yielding life and happiness. 15. The way of sinners is hard upon others, and hard to the sinner himself. The service of sin is slavery; the road to hell is strewed with the thorns and thistles that followed the curse. 16. It is folly to talk of things of which we know nothing, and to undertake what we are no way fit for. 17. Those that are wicked, and false to Christ and to the souls of men, do mischief, and fall into mischief; but those that are faithful, find sound words healing to others and to themselves. 18. He that scorns to be taught, will certainly be brought down. 19. There are in man strong desires after happiness; but never let those expect any thing truly sweet to their souls, who will not be persuaded to leave their sins. 20. Multitudes are brought to ruin by bad company. And all that make themselves wicked will be destroyed. 21. When God pursues sinners he is sure to overtake them; and he will reward the righteous. 22. The servant of God who is not anxious about riches, takes the best method of providing for his children. 23. The poor, yet industrious, thrive, though in a homely manner, while those who have great riches are often brought to poverty for want of judgment. 24. He acts as if he hated his child, who, by false indulgence, permits sinful habits to gather strength, which will bring sorrow here, and misery hereafter. 25. It is the misery of the wicked, that even their sensual appetites are always craving. The righteous feeds on the word and ordinances, to the satisfying of his soul with the promises of the gospel, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Bread of life.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 20. - He that walketh with wise men shall be wise; or, according to the Khetib, walk with wise men, and thou shall be wise. Ecclus. 6:36, "If thou seest a man of understanding, get thee betimes unto him, and let thy foot wear the steps of his door." So the Greek maxim -

Σοφοῖς ὁμιλῶν καὐτὸς ἐκβήσῃ σοφός.

"With wise conversing thou wilt wise become."

and Eurip., 'Rhesus,' 206 -

Σοφοῦ παρ ἀνδρὸς χρὴ σοφόν τι μανθάνειν

"A man that's wise will thee true wisdom teach." A companion of fools shall be destroyed; literally, shall be broken, shall suffer moral ruin; Revised Version margin, "shall smart for it." But the antithesis is not well brought out by this rendering: and as the word may bear the sense of "doing ill" as well as of "suffering ill," the interpretation of the Vulgat. intimates the correct idea of the clause: "The friend of fools shall turn out the same;" "He who associates with fools shall do evil." Septuagint, "He who roams about with fools shall be known." "Tell me your companions, and I will tell you what you are."

"Talis quis esse putatur qualis ei est sodalitas." A Dutch proverb says, "He that lives with cripples learns to limp;" and the Spanish, "He that goes with wolves learns to howl." We have a homely English proverb, "He that lies down with dogs shall rise up with fleas;" so the Orientals say," He that takes the raven for his guide shall light upon carrion."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

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" (t); ruined and destroyed, "evil communications corrupt good manners", 1 Corinthians 15:33, and so bring to ruin and destruction.

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

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

20. The benefits of good and evil of bad society are contrasted.

Proverbs 13:20 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Wise Son Heeds his Father's Instruction
19Desire realized is sweet to the soul, But it is an abomination to fools to turn away from evil. 20He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm. 21Adversity pursues sinners, But the righteous will be rewarded with prosperity.…
Cross References
2 Chronicles 10:8
But Rehoboam rejected the advice the elders gave him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him.

2 Chronicles 22:4
He did evil in the eyes of the LORD, as the house of Ahab had done, for after his father's death they became his advisers, to his undoing.

Proverbs 2:20
Thus you will walk in the ways of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous.

Proverbs 13:19
A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but fools detest turning from evil.

Proverbs 15:31
Whoever heeds life-giving correction will be at home among the wise.
Treasury of Scripture

He that walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

that

Proverbs 2:20 That you may walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.

Psalm 119:63 I am a companion of all them that fear you, and of them that keep your precepts.

Songs 1:7,8 Tell me, O you whom my soul loves, where you feed, where you make …

Malachi 3:16 Then they that feared the LORD spoke often one to another: and the …

Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, …

Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke to love and to good works:

but

Proverbs 1:11-19 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk …

Proverbs 2:12-19 To deliver you from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaks …

Proverbs 7:22,23,27 He goes after her straightway, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or …

Proverbs 9:6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

Genesis 13:12,13 Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities …

Genesis 14:12 And they took Lot, Abram's brother's son, who dwelled in Sodom, and …

1 Kings 12:8,10 But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, …

1 Kings 22:4,32 And he said to Jehoshaphat, Will you go with me to battle to Ramothgilead? …

2 Chronicles 19:2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said …

1 Corinthians 15:33,34 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners…

2 Corinthians 6:14-18 Be you not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship …

Revelation 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my …

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