Don't date angry men!
Make no friendship with a man given to anger,Today, in English, the words "go with" often refer to having a romantic relationship with someone. When our children were junior high age they asked me for permission to be able to "go with" others. I told them I felt they were too young. They told me my understanding of "going with" someone was different from theirs. Mine came from the days when to "go with" someone meant that that person was your steady boyfriend or girlfriend. Our children tried to explain to me that the relationship was different these days but I never could understand how it was different. It was difficult, but I never gave in. Today they are each happily married to good spouses.
nor go with a wrathful man,
lest you learn his ways
and entangle yourself in a snare. (RSV, ESV)
To me, the English translation wording "go with" primarily sounds like it is referring to going steady with someone. I might be able to get the intended meaning of "associate with", but it would take effort. Now, I may be nit-picking here, being too much of a literalist. I guess we'd have to field test the wording to find out what others understood from "go with" in these verses.
In any case, the potential misunderstanding of "go with" disappears when a different word with the same intended meaning is used, as in:
Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man,Bible translators should consciously listen to what their translations sound like. They need to reflect upon their translations to try to catch any wordings which might come across to others with meanings that they do not intend. Sometimes I recommend to English Bible translation teams that they read their translations aloud to each other, listening for unintended meanings.
do not associate with one easily angered,
or you may learn his ways
and get yourself ensnared. (NIV)
Don’t make friends with a hot-tempered man,
and do not associate with one easily angered,
or you may learn his ways,
and you find yourself caught in a trap. (ISV)
Make no friends with those given to anger,
and do not associate with hotheads,
or you may learn their ways
and entangle yourself in a snare. (NRSV)
Never make friends with someone prone to anger,
nor keep company with anyone hot-tempered;
be careful not to learn his ways
and find yourself caught in a trap. (REB)
Don’t make friends with an angry man,
and don’t be a companion of a hot-tempered man,
or you will learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare. (HCSB)