The fool tears down what others build up. He sees himself greater than he is and fills his belly with self-rewarding treats. He believes he is so worthy, that others should wait on his desires. A fool is puffed up and looks often at his image, overflowing of his own admiration. He allows for others to pay his way, believing it is his due. He puffs up others with mesmerizing words, that they become his minions. A foolish companion is fun, but watch when he puts his arm about your shoulders.
The wise seek to walk with those who are wiser, knowing when not to speak and loving the words to which they listen. They abhor the murmurings of liars and turn away from the self-indulgent who lie to their own image. The wise have and know to give to those in need. The fool gives a penny to those from whom he seeks worldly treasure. The wise build up others with unencumbered words. What is the value of a fool’s flattery if you must pay? When they laugh too heartily at your jokes, haven’t you purchased their drink?
With whom do you choose to walk? Look closely at those who profess their friendship and brotherhood. What they are is what you will become. It is far wiser to forgo gaiety if at the bottom there is nothing. There is gain to leave the fools to their own ways and strive for the reward of a greater path, to seek men and women whose treasures are of their hearts. You will know them by their fruit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Hear this my wandering children, your ways are not justified by your strife. Yet you have followed in the silky paths of the foolish, your hearts might be mended by your return to the ways of the man of life, the one who grants freedom from sin, not just of mocking another, but of not hitting the mark of righteousness, of not running the race to attain the prize. What is a life if it is not well lived in the path of light, right understanding, great knowledge, and the pursuit of wisdom, enduring till the end that you would have life eternally?
He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. Proverbs 13:20 KJB