New International Version
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
King James Bible
A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
Darby Bible Translation
The friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
World English Bible
A friend loves at all times; and a brother is born for adversity.
Young's Literal Translation
At all times is the friend loving, And a brother for adversity is born.
Proverbs 17:17 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
A friend loveth at all times - Equally in adversity as in prosperity. And a brother, according to the ties and interests of consanguinity, is born to support and comfort a brother in distress.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryApril 8. "A Merry Heart Doeth Good Like a Medicine" (Prov. xvii. 22).
"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine" (Prov. xvii. 22). King Solomon left among his wise sayings a prescription for sick and sad hearts, and it is one that we can safely take. "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine." Joy is the great restorer and healer. Gladness of spirit will bring health to the bones and vitality to the nerves when all other tonics fail, and all other sedatives cease to quiet. Sick one, begin to rejoice in the Lord, and your bones will flourish like an herb, and your cheeks …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
An Analysis of Augustin's Writings against the Donatists.
An Exhortation to Peace and Unity
But Ruth replied, "Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.
2 Samuel 15:21
But Ittai replied to the king, "As surely as the LORD lives, and as my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king may be, whether it means life or death, there will your servant be."
One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
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