He that walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
I. THE IMPORT OF THE CHARACTER COMMENDED. "Wise man."
1. Wisdom is that rectitude of mind which enables a man to judge what are the best ends, and what are the best means to obtain those ends. They are wise in the highest sense who possess a knowledge of God, and of spiritual truth.
2. Wisdom includes a reverent obedience to the Divine commands, and an earnest concern for personal salvation.
II. THE METHOD OF THE ASSOCIATION ADVISED. That we walk with wise men; hold mental intercourse and fellowship with them. Two modes by which this association may be formed.
1. By studying their writings.
2. By cultivating their personal friendship.
III. THE VALUE OF THE PROMISE SECURED. "Shall be wise." He shall rise, by association, to the attainment of the same character as that with which he has been connected. If we be rendered wise, we have —
1. The possession of dignity.
2. The capacity of usefulness.
3. The certainty of happiness.
Parallel VersesKJV: He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.