'Company' in the Bible
I have become a brother to the jackals, and go about in the company of ostriches.
And goes in the company of evil-doers, walking in the way of sinners?
Happy is the man who does not go in the company of sinners, or take his place in the way of evil-doers, or in the seat of those who do not give honour to the Lord.
Let my soul be overflowing with grief when these things come back to my mind, how I went in company to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with the song of those who were keeping the feast.
We had loving talk together, and went to the house of God in company.
Let his children be wanderers, looking to others for their food; let them be sent away from the company of their friends.
I keep company with all your worshippers, and those who have your orders in their memory.
I was in almost all evil in the company of the people.
Go with wise men and be wise: but he who keeps company with the foolish will be broken.
Do not be friends with a man who is given to wrath; do not go in the company of an angry man:
He who keeps the law is a wise son, but he who keeps company with feasters puts shame on his father.
A man who is a lover of wisdom is a joy to his father: but he who goes in the company of loose women is a waster of wealth.
And you, son of man, take one stick, writing on it, For Judah and for the children of Israel who are in his company: then take another stick, writing on it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and all the children of Israel who are in his company:
Then say to them, This is what the Lord has said: See, I am taking the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel who are in his company; and I will put it on the stick of Judah and make them one stick, and they will be one in my hand.
And he said to them, You yourselves have knowledge that it is against the law for a man who is a Jew to be in the company of one who is of another nation; but God has made it clear to me that no man may be named common or unclean:
And the town was full of noise and trouble, and they all came running into the theatre, having taken by force Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia who were journeying in company with Paul.
With right behaviour as in the day; not in pleasure-making and drinking, not in bad company and unclean behaviour, not in fighting and envy.
Whenever I go to Spain (for it is my hope to see you on my way, and to be sent on there by you, if first I may in some measure have been comforted by your company)--
In my letter I said to you that you were not to keep company with those who go after the desires of the flesh;
But the sense of my letter was that if a brother had the name of being one who went after the desires of the flesh, or had the desire for other people's property, or was in the way of using violent language, or being the worse for drink, or took by force what was not his, you might not keep company with such a one, or take food with him.
Do not be tricked by false words: evil company does damage to good behaviour.
Do not keep company with those who have not faith: for what is there in common between righteousness and evil, or between light and dark?
And have no company with the works of the dark, which give no fruit, but make their true quality clear;