Do not envy the wicked, do not desire their company;
for their hearts plot violence, and their lips talk about making trouble.
This is Saying 20, the first of eleven in Proverbs 24, four with the word heart. This Saying has a bit of a different twist as it describes the heart of the wicked,
Many may wonder what really separates the good or Godly from the wicked. Here we are given a large part of the answer. The wicked
their hearts plot violence, and their lips talk about making trouble.
Verse one tells not to envy the wicked and then not desire their company. Good reasons for this are given in Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible.
their hearts study to draw men into their destructive methods of living, and therefore should be shunned and avoided. Moreover, their hearts study destruction to themselves; … and how they shall compass their lewd designs, and which issue in their ruin; destruction and misery are in all the ways they devise and walk in; and their lips talk of mischief; which they study in their hearts against others; as are their hearts, so are their lips; out of the abundance of the wickedness of their hearts their mouths speak mischievous things; and which, though they design for others, oftentimes fall upon themselves.
In effect these people are destructive narcissists, the kind of people who will befriend others simply to hurt them in one way or another. I have known a few and it can be as simple as planning a family get together and then finding a reason to make you and others miss the event or worse attend while creating great disharmony.
You know them. You have met them and have interacted with them. We do that when we have to and have no other choice, but we are not to envy them nor to desire their company. They are poisonous.
Thus we have a great warning here and an observation – seek relationships with those without these characteristics.