Proverbs 13:20
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.

Berean Study Bible
He who walks with the wise will become wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed.

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.

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

Contemporary English Version
Wise friends make you wise, but you hurt yourself by going around with fools.

Good News Translation
Keep company with the wise and you will become wise. If you make friends with stupid people, you will be ruined.

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.

New Heart English Bible
One who walks with wise men 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.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He that walketh with wise men shall be wise; But the companion of fools shall smart for it.

New American Standard 1977
He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm.

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
If thou walkest with wise men thou shalt be wise: but he that walks with fools shall be known.

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.
Study Bible
A Father's Discipline
19Desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but turning from evil is detestable to fools. 20He who walks with the wise will become wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed. 21Disaster pursues sinners, but prosperity is the reward of the righteous.…
Cross References
2 Chronicles 10:8
But Rehoboam rejected the advice of the elders; instead, he consulted the young men who had grown up with him and served him.

2 Chronicles 22:4
And he did evil in the sight of the LORD, as the house of Ahab had done, for to his destruction they were his counselors after the death of his father.

Proverbs 2:20
So you will follow in the ways of good men, and keep to the paths of the righteous.

Proverbs 13:19
Desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but turning from evil is detestable to fools.

Proverbs 15:31
He who listens to life-giving reproof will dwell 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 thou mayest 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 thee, and of them that keep thy precepts.

Song of Solomon 1:7,8
Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest thy flock to rest at noon: for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions? …

but

Proverbs 1:11-19
If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: …

Proverbs 2:12-19
To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; …

Proverbs 7:22,23,27
He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; …

destroyed or broken







Lexicon
He who walks
הוֹלֵ֣ךְ‪‬‪‬ (hō·w·lêḵ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1980: To go, come, walk

with
אֶת־ (’eṯ-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 854: Nearness, near, with, by, at, among

the wise
חֲכָמִ֣ים (ḥă·ḵā·mîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2450: Wise

will become wise,
יֶחְכָּ֑ם (yeḥ·kām)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2449: To be wise

but the companion
וְרֹעֶ֖ה (wə·rō·‘eh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7462: To tend a, flock, pasture it, in, to graze, to rule, to associate with

of fools
כְסִילִ֣ים (ḵə·sî·lîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3684: Stupid fellow, dullard, fool

will be destroyed.
יֵרֽוֹעַ׃ (yê·rō·w·a‘)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7321: To mar, to split the ears, shout
(20) Shall be destroyed--i.e., morally ruined.

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." 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.
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