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Proverbs 13:20 | Walketh with Wise Men

A Verse Mapping Bible Study on Proverbs

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Week 11: Proverbs 13:20

He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

Scripture Memory

He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. Proverbs 13:20

He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. Proverbs 13:20

H_ t___ w______ w___ w___ m__ s____ b_ w___: b__ a c________ o_ f____ s____ b_ d________. Proverbs 13:20

Bible Context

Who?

King Solomon

When?

Early in his reign, after 970 B.C.

Why?

To apply God’s wisdom to daily life.

For whom?

Israelites (The Jewish People).

Word Studies

He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. Proverbs 13:20

Walketh | יָלַךְ

hālaḵ

Pronunciation: haw-lak'

Definition:

  • To go, walk, come
  • Live, manner of life

Translations:

  • Go 217x
  • Walk 156x
  • Come 16x

Wise | חָכָם

ḥāḵām

Pronunciation: khaw-kawm'

Definition:

  • Skill (in technical work)
  • Wise (in administration)
  • Shrewd, crafty, cunning, wily
  • Prudent

Translations:

  • Wise 109x
  • Wise man 13x
  • Cunning 6x

Companion | רָעָה

rāʿâ

Pronunciation: raw-aw'

Definition:

  • To shepherd
  • To associate with
  • To be companions
  • To be a special friend

Translations:

  • Feed 75x
  • Shepherd 63x
  • Pastor 8x
  • Companion 2x

Fools | כְּסִיל

kᵊsîl

Pronunciation: kes-eel'

Definition:

  • Fool, stupid fellow
  • Simpleton
  • Arrogant one

Translations:

  • Fool 61x
  • Foolish 9x

Destroyed | רוּעַ

rûaʿ

Pronunciation: roo-ah'

Definition:

  • To mar (especially by breaking)
  • To cry out in distress
  • Destroyed

Translations:

  • Shout 23x
  • Noise 7x
  • Alarm 4x
  • Destroyed 1x

Paraphrase

He that [walks, lives] with [prudent] men shall be wise: but [an associate] of [simpletons, arrogant ones] shall be [destroyed]. Proverbs 13:20

Cross References

Proverbs 1:10

My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.

Hebrews 10:24

And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

Proverbs 2:20

That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.

Reflections

About God

God cares who we surround ourselves with – and he wants us to choose the right people. This also includes choosing Him! There is no better way to surround yourself with wisdom than to steep yourself in Jesus.

About Self

I must be careful who I choose to spend my time with – if I want to be wise, spend time with people whose wisdom can influence me, and spend time with Wisdom Himself, Jesus.

Questions to Ask Myself

  • Who am I allowing to influence my life? Are they godly influences, or is there someone I need to distance myself from?
  • Am I spending time working on increasing my own wisdom by learning from those around me and by studying my Bible?

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