Proverbs 13:20 GNB
Keep company with the wise and you will become wise. If you make friends with stupid people, you will be ruined.
I have been thinking about this verse to extract meaning out it. I believe when the Bible talks about wise people, the Spirit of God is leading us to people who have the knowledge of God. In proverbs 11:30, the Bible says that people, who know God, win souls, they capture human lives for God. So all the good things talked about concerning wise people in the Bible, just know those are people who know God.
On the other hand, when the Bible talks about a fool, the Spirit of God is leading us to a wicked man, a man who does not know God. If you have read the book of proverbs you may have noticed the characteristics of a foolish man, they are not good at all.
So in the introductory verse, the writer encourages us to make friends with wise people and not with foolish people. We need to make friends with people who know God and not with those who don’t know God. If you want to be “successful” in life, partner with people who know God, for if you partner with people who don’t you will fail.
It has been said that you are the average of the five closest people you spend most of your time with. People influence each other. Therefore the more you spend time with a certain group of people; you will pick up behaviors which you will begin to exhibit in your life. God fore saw this and warned us through King Solomon, so that we can choose the right friends.