Watch your sinning companions (Sir 12:13-12:15)

“Who pities

A snake charmer

When he is bitten?

Who pities

All those who go near wild animals?

So no one pities a person

Who associates with a sinner.

He will become involved in the other’s sins.

He stands by you for a while.

But if you falter,

He will not be there.”

No one pities a snake charmer who gets bit. Neither does anyone pity a person who goes near wild animals. So too, no one pities a person who hangs out with sinners. You will be involved with those sinners. By your friends, you will be known. They will stand with you for a while, but if you fall, they will be gone.