Proverbs 12:26 (NKJV) — 26 The righteous should choose his friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray.
The influence of friends. This proverb shows the importance of choosing the right friends. A righteous person sets an example for others that encourages them to raise their standards. But wicked people seduce others by their negative influence. They tempt and deceive others into lowering their standards as they observe their godless lifestyle.