(Proverbs 22:25 KJV) Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.
Have you ever seen those articles about how people and their dogs begin to look like each other? Have you ever heard about how some married couples become like each other? My wife says she can tell if a boy is in seventh grade because of the way he acts. This verse would give validity to all of those positions. We become like the people we hang with.
Here the warning is about hanging with people who have short fuses. When we make our inner circle angry people we become angry people. We learn their “ways” (734). In so doing we “get” (find NASB) ( 3947) ourselves in a “snare” (4170). We trap ourselves. This is a trap that can have eternal consequences.
So? Be careful who you call friend. Are you compromising in your standards? Are you modifying your behavior more than you should? Are you walking into a trap that will doom your soul? These are not casual questions. Please think about it and listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying to you.