Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. (Prov. 13:20)
The Lord desires that we spend our time in the company of those who are wiser than us. His desire is that we frequently converse with them privately concerning spiritual and experimental things.
The Lord also desires that we walk with them in public in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord. Those who do this will grow wiser and wiser and gain a large stock of spiritual knowledge and experience.
This is actually good in both natural and spiritual wisdom. A person of any capacity at all will improve by keeping wise company; but a companion of fools will suffer harm.
The Latin Vulgate version of this text renders it ""shall become like them"; be a fool as they are, and grow still more and more foolish. The Septuagint version is, "shall be known"; known by the company he keeps to be a fool also: or rather, "shall be broken"; ruined and destroyed.
1 Corinthians 15:33 says, "Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”
There is an old saying that goes something like this: "If you hang around 5 confident people, you will be the sixth one. If you hang around 5 wise people, you will be the sixth one. If you hang around 5 millionaires, you will be the sixth one. If you hang around 5 fools, you will be the sixth one.
The bottom line is this brothers and sisters, "Choose Your Company Wisely".