(Proverbs 2:20 KJV) That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.
This chapter of Proverbs is going back and forth between the evil and the righteous. This verse switches back to the upright and tells us to be careful how we “walk” (1980). It approaches this advice in two ways.
First it tells us to pick our heroes well. Watch the “good men” (2896a). At first glance it might seem that this is the same concept as the “righteous” (6662) but it is actually a bit different. This word has more of the feeling of cultural and social superiority. As I look at the nuances of the definition I come across descriptions “to the higher nature,” “benign,” “of ethical nature.” Look for people who like Beethoven more than the latest rock star. Look for the model who considers quality more than price. Follow the ways of people who have class, whatever their income.
Second, only go down the “paths” (734) of righteousness. This caution is necessary. There may be things that are considered classy by our culture that are degenerate by God’s standards. Always use God’s values as a benchmark.
So? Be very careful when you make decisions. Our culture has very subtle advertising and propaganda going on in the media and in casual social situations. Keep your spiritual yardstick out. Use it.