“Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.” (Proverbs 9:6)
Adam Clarke sums it up rather nicely by saying, “For the companion of fools must be a fool.” Matthew Henry takes a sterner tone by saying, “The first step towards virtue is to shun vice, and therefore to shun the vicious.”
Forsake the foolish and live! That’s pretty clear language. Let’s flip it around for greater impact. Enjoin with the foolish and die.
So you have to ask yourself, “Who and what are the foolish?”
A foolish person can be what probably comes to mind first. Some silly person who definitely is not risk adverse whose primary goal is to laugh and to get a laugh.
But a foolish person can also be a naïve person. Someone who walks through life deaf, dumb and blind to things of the spirit and of God. These people tend to be easily persuaded and enticed towards many and varied beliefs. They are unstable, gullible, waves being tossed by the winds of today, shifting their thoughts and beliefs as the winds shift.
Association with any type of fool will lead to disaster.
Always, “go in the way of understanding”.
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.” (Proverbs 3:5-7)
“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?” (Romans 11:33-34)
The fool is aptly named. His path is folly. His destination Hell. Go the path of understanding and live!