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7 Go [yalak] from the presence [neged] of a foolish [kaciyl] man [iysh], when thou perceivest [yada] not in him the lips [saphah] of knowledge [da`ath]. 8 The wisdom [chokmah] of the prudent [aruwm] is to understand [biyn] his way [derek]: but the folly [ivveleth] of fools [kaciyl] is deceit [mirmah]. KJV-Interlinear 7 Leave the presence of a fool, Or you will not discern words of knowledge. 8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way, But the folly of fools is deceit. NASB
This set of verses can be viewed in two ways. First, when you perceive that someone you have been associating with lacks good sense in their thinking then depart from or terminate your relationship with them. And the second view is that if you associate with people who are negative toward God and doctrine, then you should again terminate your relationship with them so that they will not influence you away from your spiritual life.
Now, the first mistake people make when they read these kinds of verses is that they don't think them through. This is not a verse which renders an excuse or a justification for you to stop a relationship or an excuse for you to get away from some type of responsibility which you have with others.
It is far to easy to simply disagree with someone and then rationalize that they are a danger to your own thinking, and then bail out of your relationship.
These verses are not a basis for divorce. They are not a basis for quitting your job. They are not a basis for your trying to get out of something that you are otherwise obligated to follow through with in your life.
We all live in this devils world, and one of our commands from God is, to be tolerant of others regardless of their opinions - weird or otherwise.
You will face many obligations in life. Many obligations which you must follow through with and of which you will be held responsible for.
These verses primarily refer to those situations which are arbitrary and of which you have a choice. Such as choosing your friends for example. The people you run with, if they are a negative crowd, then their attitudes will sooner or later have an influence and an impact on your thinking and therefore on your life.
This is the type of situation you should avoid. Run with a bad crowd and their thinking will rub off on you and you'll suffer from the experience. Make your bed with Bible study and you'll have a great life.
Ultimately in life you will either choose to live inside of fellowship with Gods Word guiding your soul, or you will choose to live out of fellowship, making your sin nature your primary friend. These are the only two choices and associations in life that you have. There is no third choice.
The prudent (spiritually mature person) considers the repercussions of his decisions. He thinks of others rather than himself. He places others (such as family) before himself. He does not jeopardize his own family however by giving preference to others unnecessarily. There is a place for charity and sharing and helping others, but one never sacrifices his own family for strangers. A proper balance of responsibility has to be recognized.
The negative believers will inevitably place themselves before others. The may talk a good talk, but their actions will never follow their words. They deceive others. They use deceit in any form of misdirection in order to maintain control over a situation which will be advantageous to them.
Marriage, family, friends, responsibility, all are easily sacrificed or ignored when the selfish person wants what they want and allows nothing to stand in their way.
The negative person does not consider the repercussions of their decisions. They consider only that they want what they want, and nothing else matters. They close their eyes and ears to reality and pretend that all is well. If they meet resistance then the tantrums and screaming and shouting will ensue. The negative believer cannot control a situation with reason, so, like a two year old, they have to resort to strong emotion, threats, condescension and so forth in order to get their way.
Where actions lead, the motives that they came from, and the results mean nothing to the negative believer.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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