For fear of learning his ways and making a net ready for your soul.
Bad temper is contagious--don't get infected.
Lest you learn his ways And set a snare for your soul.
Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.
or you will learn his ways and set a trap for yourself.
lest you learn* his ways and entangle yourself in a snare.*
22:25 lest you learn1963
tn The verb פֶּן־תֶּאֱלַף (pen-te’elaf) is translated “lest you learn.” The idea is more precisely “become familiar with his ways.” The construction indicates that if one associates with such people he will become like them (cf. TEV “you might learn their habits”).
and entangle yourself in a snare.1964
sn The warning in this proverb is to avoid associating with a hothead because his influence could be fatal (a similar idea is found in the Instruction of Amenemope, chap. 9, 11:13-14 [ANET 423]).