How do we pick our friends, those whom we “make friendship” (associate NASB) (7462b) with? Actually this is stronger than that. The word is only used six times in the OT, five of them in Proverbs. Each time in Proverbs is has a negative connection. To get the feel I might paraphrase it this way:
(Proverbs 22:24, PPP) Don’t chose to go slumming with people who have a short fuse.Avoid them. Make excuses when invited to their parties. Leave early if you can’t stay away.
I guess it goes without saying that you should not be that kind of person either. Okay, so I went ahead and said it. Just skip over that part.
So? When you see trouble coming, go the other way. If it sneaks up on you, sneak out on it. We have a lot to say about the company we keep. Sometimes we need to say it with out feet.