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

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

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

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.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

He that walketh with wise men shall be wise - To walk with a person implies love and attachment; and it is impossible not to imitate those we love. So we say, "Show me his company, and I'll tell you the man." Let me know the company he keeps, and I shall easily guess his moral character.

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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 your flock to rest at noon...

Malachi 3:16 Then they that feared the LORD spoke often one to another: and the LORD listened, and heard it...

Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

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 privately for the innocent without cause...

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

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

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 of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom...

Genesis 14:12 And they took Lot, Abram's brother's son, who dwelled in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.

1 Kings 12:8,10 But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him...

1 Kings 22:4,32 And he said to Jehoshaphat, Will you go with me to battle to Ramothgilead? And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, I am as you are...

2 Chronicles 19:2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Should you help the ungodly...

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 has righteousness with unrighteousness...

Revelation 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that you be not partakers of her sins...

destroyed or broken

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The Tillage of the Poor
'Much food is in the tillage of the poor.'--PROVERBS xiii. 23. Palestine was a land of small peasant proprietors, and the institution of the Jubilee was intended to prevent the acquisition of large estates by any Israelite. The consequence, as intended, was a level of modest prosperity. It was 'the tillage of the poor,' the careful, diligent husbandry of the man who had only a little patch of land to look after, that filled the storehouses of the Holy Land. Hence the proverb of our text arose. It
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Song of the Redeemed
And they sung a new song, saying, Thou ... hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood, out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation ... T he extent, variety, and order of the creation, proclaim the glory of God. He is likewise, ^* Maximus in Minimis . The smallest of the works, that we are capable of examining, such for instance as the eye or the wing of a little insect, the creature of a day, are stamped with an inimitable impression of His wisdom and power. Thus in His written Word, there
John Newton—Messiah Vol. 2

Blessed are the Poor in Spirit
Having spoken of the general notion of blessedness, I come next to consider the subjects of this blessedness, and these our Saviour has deciphered to be the poor in spirit, the mourners, etc. But before I touch upon these, I shall attempt a little preface or paraphrase upon this sermon of the beatitudes. 1 Observe the divinity in this sermon, which goes beyond all philosophy. The philosophers use to say that one contrary expels another; but here one contrary begets another. Poverty is wont to expel
Thomas Watson—The Beatitudes: An Exposition of Matthew 5:1-12

Proverbs
Many specimens of the so-called Wisdom Literature are preserved for us in the book of Proverbs, for its contents are by no means confined to what we call proverbs. The first nine chapters constitute a continuous discourse, almost in the manner of a sermon; and of the last two chapters, ch. xxx. is largely made up of enigmas, and xxxi. is in part a description of the good housewife. All, however, are rightly subsumed under the idea of wisdom, which to the Hebrew had always moral relations. The Hebrew
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

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.

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