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Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.”
A righteous man is careful in dealing with his neighbor,
but the ways of the wicked lead them astray.
A man with many friends may be harmed,
but there is a friend who stays closer than a brother.
The one who walks with the wise will become wise,
but a companion of fools will suffer harm.
Without guidance, people fall,
but with many counselors there is deliverance.
Many a man proclaims his own loyalty,
but who can find a trustworthy man?
Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts. For if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up.
A mocker seeks wisdom and doesn’t find it,
but knowledge comes easily to the perceptive. Stay away from a foolish man;
you will gain no knowledge from his speech.
Just as you want others to do for you, do the same for them.
The wounds of a friend are trustworthy,
but the kisses of an enemy are excessive.
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.
Now when Job’s three friends—Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite—heard about all this adversity that had happened to him, each of them came from his home. They met together to go and sympathize with him and comfort him.
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!
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.
A friend loves at all times,
and a brother is born for a difficult time.
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