English Standard Version
A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
King James Bible
A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
American Standard Version
He that maketh many friends doeth it to his own destruction; But there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
A man amiable in society, shall be more friendly than a brother.
English Revised Version
He that maketh many friends doeth it to his own destruction: but there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
Webster's Bible Translation
A man that hath friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
Proverbs 18:24 Parallel
CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
18 The lot allayeth contentions,
And separateth between the mighty,
i.e., erects a partition wall between them - those contending (הפריד בּין, as at 2 Kings 2:11, cf. Arab. frḳ byn); עצוּמים are not opponents who maintain their cause with weighty arguments (עצּמות, Isaiah 41:21), qui argumentis pollent (vid., Rashi), for then must the truth appear in the pro et contra; but mighty opponents, who, if the lot did not afford a seasonable means of reconciliation, would make good their demands by blows and by the sword (Fl.). Here it is the lot which, as the judgment of God, brings about peace, instead of the ultima ratio of physical force. The proverb refers to the lot what the Epistle to the Heb; Hebrews 6:16, refers to the oath, vid., at Proverbs 16:33. Regarding מדינים and its altered forms, vid., p. 145.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
You are my friends if you do what I command you.
No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
Do not forsake your friend and your father's friend, and do not go to your brother's house in the day of your calamity. Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother who is far away.
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