Proverbs 18:24

“A man that hath friends must shewe himselfe friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer then a brother.”

1611 King James Version (KJV)




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Other Translations

A man [that hath] friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend [that] sticketh closer than a brother.
- King James Version

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

  • Bruce
    Finding a Wife May be a Little Hard. She Needs to be a Homemaker,Helps in The Church. Reads The Bible and Praying Daily. Watching Over Her Husband. The Husband Needs to do The Same for Her and More, Providing All Her Needs,Lifting Her Higher Then Himself, Lovin Her Like Christ Loved The Church. They Will Gladly Do for Each Other. Lifting One Another Higher. He Found a Wife.
  • Virda hall
    I do t understand verse 18 22
  • Obbie Beal
    V:13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him. AMEN!
  • BSP
    Verse 13 shows the important of making sure we have all the facts before we reply or react to a situation.
  • William Lambert
    So many scriptures refer to the desire. There are several ways of looking at this. Desire can be viewed as an object of ones affection or as an obstacle in reaching ones fulfillment. Too often the pleasures which are associated with desire are connected with the pain that a person may be experiencing.
  • Andrea
    I believe that what we say comes from our hearts. It's a heart matter! That may not be a good thing. It's time to clean out some of old stuff that keeps us drom speaking the right things!

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