Proverbs 24:21-22 (NLT)
21 My child, fear the Lord and the king. Don’t associate with rebels, 22 for disaster will hit them suddenly. Who knows what punishment will come from the Lord and the king?

In this proverb from King Solomon he gives advice that one should respect God’s commandments and stay clear of those who are out to destroy what God desires. They face a potential disaster and by associating with them one may also face that disaster with them.

The best illustration I can give of this proverb comes from the Bible itself. Lot, who was the nephew of Abraham, sought out to live in the city of Sodom. Sodom was a city where the people followed their own desires and lusts. Lot was a good man, but he had come to tolerate the wickedness of Sodom because of all the other pleasures of the city. God decided to destroy Sodom and had not angels intervened to take Lot and his family from the city they too would have been destroyed. Lot and his family were told not to look back on what was to take place, but Lot’s wife disobeyed and she too was destroyed. Disaster hit Sodom and all those who were there in the city. Take care in who you associate with. We are to reach out to people, but we must also take care not to fall to the sins around them.