Company to Avoid

Bad company corrupts good character.
                   —1 Corinthians 15:33

Work at the perfume counter, and you’ll smell like perfume. Work in the fish market, and you’ll smell like fish.

Companionships shape you: those you hang out with—and those you don’t.

Proverbs pegs some company to steer clear of . . .

Fools: “Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces” (13:20).

Gossips: “A gossip betrays a confidence, so avoid anyone who talks too much” (20:19).

Hotheads: “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared” (22:24–25).

Never bathe in dirty water.

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