“My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.”
Ok. This one seems pretty easy to answer. If someone said this to me, I could easily and honestly look at them and simply say, “OK.” However, Solomon is making a deeper point to his listener in that time in history. You see, at that time in Palestine, there were groups of men who did nothing but roam the country robbing and attacking innocent people. But these bandits would not do it of their own accord. They did it only when influenced by the group they were in. When my children were younger, we tried to stress to them that their friends would have a powerful influence on their decision making, so choose their friends wisely. Bad choices we would never make on our own seem to become the thing to do when we are with certain people. Saying ‘no’ to others is harder than saying ‘no’ to ourselves. Today, choose carefully who you hang around with, and even more so who influences what you choose to do.
“Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” 1 Corinthians 15:33 NASB