Proverbs 18:24

“A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

A man that hath friends must shewe himselfe friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer then a brother.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

A man of {too many} friends {comes} to ruin, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

He that maketh many friends `doeth it' to his own destruction; But there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
- American Standard Version (1901)

There are friends who may be a man's destruction, but there is a lover who keeps nearer than a brother.
- Basic English Bible

A man of [many] friends will come to ruin but there is a friend [that] sticketh closer than a brother.
- Darby Bible

A man that hath friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
- Webster's Bible

A man of many companions may be ruined, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
- World English Bible

A man with friends [is] to show himself friendly, And there is a lover adhering more than a brother!
- Youngs Literal Bible

There are friends that one hath to his own hurt; but there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 18:24


18:24 A man - Heb. A man of friends; who desires the friendship of others.


Discussion for Proverbs 18

  • Brianna
    Vs. 1 Whoever isolates himself pursues his own selfish desires; He rejects all practical wisdom.

    Jehovah God made us to be gregarious people. It is not good for us to isolate ourselves or think we can do everything on our own. God has made a congregation to help us and provide comfort as well as himself. Let us always fellowship with God and our brothers at our christian meetings.
  • Malcolm
    This verse reminds me of the apostle Paul's exhortation to the early church in Romans 8:31 b 'If God be for us, who can be against us' The great picture of the tower reminded me of the strength of our Protector and Saviour. Thank you for your discussion of this verse. I found it a real blessing.
  • Anonymous
    HE IS A STRONG TOWER ABLE TO RAISE AN AUTOMATIC STANDARD AGAINST THOSE RISING AGAINST ME
  • Eliud
    it is very encouraging that our God works His purposes out
  • Jerry Hatcher
    18- Casting lots is a method to settle things, such as today we can draw straws. Even Kings (might men) in those days used it. 19- An offend brother is harder to reach (break thru to like defenses of a city) because they put up a defense around them like bars.
  • Kendall for verse 21
    I feel it means speak up. When god speaks within in US.. we must then speak out. Example being knowing right from wrong and not only choosing right for yourself, but also guiding others to do right as well, whereas they might not if you don 't use the power of the tongue.

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