Most Relevant Verses
Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.”
The one who walks with the wise will become wise,
but a companion of fools will suffer harm.
But now I am writing you not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer who is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or verbally abusive, a drunkard or a swindler. Do not even eat with such a person.
I do not sit with the worthless
or associate with hypocrites. I hate a crowd of evildoers,
and I do not sit with the wicked.
How happy is the man
who does not follow the advice of the wicked
or take the path of sinners
or join a group of mockers! Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s instruction,
and he meditates on it day and night. He is like a tree planted beside streams of water
that bears its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.read more.
The wicked are not like this;
instead, they are like chaff that the wind blows away.
Don’t make friends with an angry man,
and don’t be a companion of a hot-tempered man, or you will learn his ways
and entangle yourself in a snare.
My son, if sinners entice you,
don’t be persuaded. If they say—“Come with us!
Let’s set an ambush and kill someone.
Let’s attack some innocent person just for fun!
Don’t set foot on the path of the wicked;
don’t proceed in the way of evil ones. Avoid it; don’t travel on it.
Turn away from it, and pass it by.
A discerning son keeps the law,
but a companion of gluttons humiliates his father.
The statutes of Omri
and all the practices of Ahab’s house
have been observed;
you have followed their policies.
Therefore, I will make you a desolate place
and the city’s residents an object of contempt;
you will bear the scorn of My people.”
Because lawlessness will multiply, the love of many will grow cold.
Now I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause dissensions and obstacles contrary to the doctrine you have learned. Avoid them,
Do not be mismatched with unbelievers. For what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness? What agreement does Christ have with Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?
Let no one deceive you with empty arguments, for God’s wrath is coming on the disobedient because of these things. Therefore, do not become their partners.
Don’t participate in the fruitless works of darkness, but instead expose them.
Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from every brother who walks irresponsibly and not according to the tradition received from us.
Don’t be too quick to appoint anyone as an elder, and don’t share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.
and constant disagreement among people whose minds are depraved and deprived of the truth, who imagine that godliness is a way to material gain.
traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
I know your works, your labor, and your endurance, and that you cannot tolerate evil. You have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and you have found them to be liars.