Friday, November 30, 2012

On Hang Around With Good People: As a friend sharpens a friend

With all his heart should the seeker avoid fellowship with evil doers, and pray for the remission of their sins. 

"Iron sharpens iron as a friend sharpens a friend." What odes this proverb mean?
The first portion is interesting, when you consider the time of this quote. At that time, iron tools were available, but bronze ones were much cheaper. If you wanted to sharpen an iron tool, you needed an iron file to sharpen it with. A bronze file would be badly damaged by an iron tool, and the tool would be no sharper.
When put together with the second half of the quote, it takes a person of superior character to help sharpen the character of a friend, and bring it up to that level. In other words, if you wish to have a sharp iron character, or the best possible character, you should hang around with others of iron character, not those with merely bronze character, as they will be of little help to you.

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