Pandita Vagga (The Wise)

Verse 78

Na bhaje pāpake mitte
na bhaje purisādhame
Bhajetha mitte kalyāne
bhajetha purisuttame
Associate not with evil friends,
associate not with mean men.
Associate with good friends,
associate with those who are noble.
na do not

bhaje associate, follow, keep companionship

pāpake evil

mitte with friends

purisa man

purisādhame mean, vile, ignoble men

bhajetha associate with, be companions with

mitte kalyāne good friends

purisuttame noble men

The Buddha advised Venerable Channa to associate with the two Chief Disciples as they were the noblest of men.