(Proverbs 29:24 KJV) Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not.
This is the only place that either the NASB or KJV translates this Hebrew word “partner” (2505a). The most common in both is some form of dividing. This makes this a greater concern. A partnership to me has the idea of common goals and commitments. The idea here is more getting your own share of something. So don’t trust a “thief” (1590). Don’t plan on taking a profit from anyone who is dishonest.
That would seem simple and straightforward. The problem for most of us is recognizing a thief when we see one. A pastor I knew used to joke about someone when they exaggerated a bit of information. He would say “Never loan this guy money because he who would lie would also steal.” The point is that a person who is lacking in integrity in one area of life will also have something to hide in another area of life. Observe and don’t be afraid to call a spade a spade.
So? We are supposed to be discerning without being judgmental. Use the wisdom that comes from knowing God’s standards. Apply it to your own life. Apply it to your evaluation of others.