Friends Will Take You Up or Down

A little girl had a dad who was a pastor. “Daddy, how do you know what to preach on Sundays?” “God tells me,” responded the dad. “Then daddy, why do you crinkle up so many sheets of paper and toss them into the waste basket?” We are much better off s … More


Usually a person’s conduct is consistent with his true character. A fool shows his lack of knowledge to everyone around him by his lack of discernment. A wise person moves cautiously ahead seeking wisdom and realizing that his character is demonstrated by words spoken and deeds performed (v. 16). A foolish messenger, either by his laziness or foolish conduct will fall into trouble (v. 17). The messenger who practices faithfulness and loyalty will bring blessing to his employers and himself.

Poverty and shame will come to those who think they are too advanced for instruction. Lasting honor will only come to those who humble themselves and receive instructions from those who are in possession of true knowledge (v. 18). The accomplishment of desired objectives can bring real joy to a wise person (v. 19). Fools on the other hand continue on in their sin as their desires are directed toward the accomplishment of evil. Once started on their downward spiral, such men usually stumble onto total destruction and often take a lot of other people with them. Only those who walk with wise men shall be safe from these fools and their end (v. 20). When most people need advice the go to their friends first because friends accept them and usually agree with them. Instead we should go to older, wiser people to advise us. Wise people have experienced more in life and have succeeded. They are not afraid to tell you the truth.



Explain to your family how important it is that we use discernment in choosing our friends and companions. In most situations you will find those who are serious about the Lord and you will find those who want to do their own thing.

Proverbs 13:14-20 (English Standard Version)

Warning: MagpieRSS: Failed to parse RSS file. (EntityRef: expecting ';' at line 50, column 103) in /var/www/html/familytimes/includes/magpie6-1/ on line 230

Warning: array_slice() expects parameter 1 to be array, null given in /var/www/html/familytimes/includes/rss/esvLookup.php on line 15

View this passage in NIV (Bible Gateway) »

More Proverbs commentaries

Proverbs 10:1-10
How to Redeem The Time

Proverbs 10:11-16
Contrasts in Life

Proverbs 10:17-24
Discipline Brings Quality to Life

Proverbs 10:25-32
The Contrast of Righteousness And Wickedness

Proverbs 11:1-5
The Lord Hates Dishonesty And Pride

Proverbs 11:6-11
A Hyprocrite is Ready to Falsely Accuse

Proverbs 11:12-15
A Discussion of Community Relationships

Proverbs 11:16-21
Wealth is Very Inferior to Honor

Proverbs 11:22-25
All we Really Have is What we Give

Proverbs 11:26-31
Only The Righteous Have a Secure Future

Proverbs 12:1-5
Right Thoughts Result in Right Actions

Proverbs 12:6-10
Our Chief Aim Should Be to Build Others up

Proverbs 12:11-16
Wicked Words Are The Product of An Evil Heart

Proverbs 12:17-22
Careless Words Are Harmful

Proverbs 12:20-28
A Contrast Between Diligence And Laziness

Proverbs 13:1-5
Our Speech Should be Uplifting

Proverbs 13:6-13
Pride Causes Us to Be Contentious

Proverbs 13:11-15
Following Instruction Will Spare You Sorrow

Proverbs 13:14-20
Friends Will Take You Up or Down

Proverbs 13:21-25
When Genuine Love is Questionable

Proverbs 14:1-5
No Work Means No Harvest

Proverbs 14:6-12
Fools Think Their Ways Are Right

Proverbs 14:13-17
Failing to Live by The Truth of God’s Word

Proverbs 14:18-23
It’s Important to Listen to Instruction

Proverbs 14:24-29
A Bad Temper is a Sign of Weakness

Proverbs 14:30-35
Emotions Effect Our Physical Conditon

Proverbs 15:1-5
Choose Gentle Words

Proverbs 15:6-11
Refusal to Take Correction Brings Discipline

Proverbs 15:12-15
We Feed What Our Heart Craves

Proverbs 15:16-22
Love is More Important Than Riches

Proverbs 15:23-27
Wise Leaders Always Seek Advice

Proverbs 15:28-33
The Righteous Weighs His Words Carefully

Proverbs 16:1-11
God’s Sovereignty in Shaping the World

Proverbs 16:5-11
Making Enemies to Be at Peace

Proverbs 16:12-17
Better to Have Wisdom Than Gold

Proverbs 16:18-22
Pride Goes Before Destruction

Proverbs 16:23-26
The Way That Seems Right to Man

Proverbs 16:27-33
A Whisperer Separates Friends