Tell me who your friends are…

Don’t befriend angry people or associate with hot-tempered people, or you will learn to be like them
and endanger your soul.   Proverbs 22:24-25

Proverbs 22:24-25


  1. Hi akcielo yes what you shared is very true but as we know there is not just fleshy anger, there is Righteous anger too and not all fleshy anger is sin, but some can lead to sin.

    Jesus had Righteous anger and as you know He got the whip out and those who put down His Father or hurt His Children were strongly and firmly reprimanded, we too can have this type of anger, when there has been an injustice or evil perpetrated. I know I experience it when I hear God put down by those who claim He does evil and his God’s guidelines being ignored or I see victimisation and discrimination and people stigmatise the Disabled or Mentally ill and I hate the way people use humour to put others down, like the elderly and husbands or wives different Nationalities or even blonds and some use it to condone evil ….wow do I jump up and down but as yet I have not got a whip out.

    Then there is anger that comes from grief or physical suffering and confusion or fear and hurt and God understands and we need to understand and have compassion too and forgive their outbursts, what they are really saying is… help I’m hurting.

    But as you shared there is also anger that is not good and very wrong and needs to be dealt with, it can come through many things such as road rage, not getting our own way, Pride … who are they to tell me I’m wrong! impatience etc we need to do what God asks us to do when we experience anger like this or Satan will have a foot hold, because holding onto bitterness and resentment creates havoc in us and destroys what is good.

    Ephesians 4:26-28 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.

    As for God’s wrath it’s very different from our fleshy anger but I will share about this another time.

    Christian Love Anne

  2. akcielo

    The Bible verse on this post, Proverbs 22:24-25, is a warning from God through the book of wisdom to stay away form people that conduct themselves with evil passions and no self control. It is referring to destructive anger, one that does not reflect the character of God or the fruits of the Spirit.

    Other translations
    ~Proverbs 22:24-25 (NLT) Don’t befriend angry people
    or associate with hot-tempered people, or you will learn to be like them and endanger your soul.
    ~Proverbs 22:24-25 (MSG) Don’t hang out with angry people; don’t keep company with hotheads. Bad temper is contagious— don’t get infected.
    ~Proverbs 22:24-25 (AMP) Make no friendships with a man given to anger, and with a wrathful man do not associate, Lest you learn his ways and get yourself into a snare.
    ~>Other verses related.
    *Proverbs 15:18 A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel.
    *Proverbs 29:22 An angry man stirs up dissension, and a hot-tempered one commits many sins. *1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
    >>Comentary from Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible on this verse.<<
    Make no friendship with an angry man. Do not associate with him; contract not a familiarity with him; make him not a companion; take him not into an intimacy, or use him as a particular friend and acquaintance: a man should be courteous, and carry it civilly to all men; but he should take care whom he admits as his bosom friend; he should be cautious in his choice of a familiar friend, and not receive any; and, among the rest, avoid an angry and passionate man, one who is much given to passion himself, and stirs it up in others; for there can be no lasting peace and pleasure in such a man's company and conversation; and with a furious man thou shall not go: not take a walk with him, much less a journey; or shall not be frequently together. It may be rendered, "unto a man of wraths", or of great wrath and "fury, thou shall not come"; not enter into his house, nor seek his company, and court his conversation, which rather should be shunned.

  3. Ron

    Yes I agree akcielo some anger is sin but as with all Scripture we need to understand with God’s wisdom and not our own or someone else’s, if we reject and condemn all those who express anger we are also condemning Jesus for His anger and Paul and those who have anger but do not sin, which God talks about in Scripture, If we say we can’t have anything to do with those who express anger all types then we can’t have anything to do with Jesus or others who have righteous anger or those who are grieving etc. God gives us His discernment if we ask for it as He gives us wisdom and His Love … as Jesus said ask and we will receive and the reason we don’t have is because we do not ask or believe we have received.

    • akcielo

      Hi. and thanks for your visit Ron. I do appreciate you and your interest in reflecting on the verse stated in the post. Nevertheless, I would like to highlight that only Proverbs 22:24-25 was posted. Even though, when anger is or not sin, isn’t the topic of this post, it sure could be a great topic for another one.

      Not “associating” as the word recommends in this case to a a man given to anger/hot-tempered man/ angry man, does not mean that we reject or condemn them, but that we do not make covenant with them. We do not need to share with them to such a point where no difference can be made between one and the other because bad company will corrupt good character.

  4. Good post,
    You can’t go wrong when you stick with the WORD! I like the King James version on this post.
    Prov 22: 24Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go:
    25Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.

    The whole point is to avoid those that are hot tempered, furious and angry BY NATURE. I like the sign that says It reminds me of another scripture:

    1 Corinthians 15:33 (NKJV)
    33 Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”
    We are commanded in many places in the bible to be “picky” about the company we keep. In this case it tells us who NOT to keep company with.
    Great job!
    UB Blessed!

    • akcielo

      Hi and thanks for the visit. I agree, we must be careful with those we bring close to us because they do have an impact. This is a warning for us so that we do not fall.

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