Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners

So reads 1 Corinthians ch. 15 v.33 in the King James Version of the Bible.

The same verse in the New American Standard Bible reads thus, “Do not be deceived: Bad company corrupts good morals.”

It is so important to be discerning in the company one keeps, because, as the old saying goes, “Birds of a feather flock (or fly) together.”

The poem/song below illustrates the above truth (and the dangers of alcohol) and ends with a sting in its tail.

“One evening in October
And I was far from sober
An taking home a “load” with manly pride;
My poor feet began to stutter,
So I lay down in the gutter,
And a pig came up an lay down by my side;

Then we sang “It’s all fair weather
When good fellows get together,”
Till a lady passing by was heard to say:
“You can tell a man who “boozes”
By the company he chooses”
And the pig got up and slowly walked away. (end of quote)

Benjamin Hapgood Burt

PS We did not quote the second stanza. The above was quoted as written and we have not corrected the misspelt words.


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