Proverbs 29:24 Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not.
Prov 29:24 If you assist a thief, you only hurt yourself.
You are sworn to tell the truth, but you dare not testify. NLT
Steven K. Scott, in his book on Proverbs*, notes seven “red flags” to watch out for when choosing a partner or counselor. The first is seen in today’s verse. That advice sounds obvious: “Don’t partner with a thief.” Ok, so I don’t join forces with an armed robber, does that cover it? This is deeper than that. The Hebrew word, “ganaab,” means thief, one who breaks in, by window, steals, comes by night. It is a character issue where the person has abandoned honesty. It can range from dishonesty, cheating on a business deal, stealing a car, robbing a bank. It is simply a lack of integrity that reveals itself in varying degrees. While we all make stupid mistakes that represent the exception to our character, that is the normal conduct for the thief of today’s proverb—and they don’t feel guilty about it, but rationalize it. When looking for a partner or counselor, integrity should be the first thing we look for.