Proverbs 17:17

“A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

A friend loueth at all times, and a brother is borne for aduersitie.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

A friend loveth at all times; And a brother is born for adversity.
- American Standard Version (1901)

A friend is loving at all times, and becomes a brother in times of trouble.
- Basic English Bible

The friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
- Darby Bible

A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
- Webster's Bible

A friend loves at all times; and a brother is born for adversity.
- World English Bible

At all times is the friend loving, And a brother for adversity is born.
- Youngs Literal Bible

A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 17:17


17:17 Was born - Was sent into the world for this, that he might comfort and relieve his brother in adversity.


Discussion for Proverbs 17

  • A disciple
    "He that hath knowledge spares his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit. Even a fool, when he holds his peace, is counted wise: and he that shuts his lips is esteemed a man of understanding." Being excited to learn is good; but it takes proof by experience to teach others. My Dad used to tell me, It's better to be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.
  • A disciple
    "A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causes shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren." In Matthew 8:11-12, as in many other places, the warning is clearly, that name and privilege does not give anyone a free pass, regardless of moral character. The fact that the Jews as a people have generally rejected Jesus, and that the Gentiles have received Him, shows this!
  • Mr. Smith
    vs 2, Wise servant/shameful son (see Eccl. 10:7). The servant operating out of the authority of his imagination (heart) will rule (have power) over a son operating from the sense realm (human lusts, ie. prodigal son, Luke 15). The person that discovers their divine position (Ps. 82:6, John 10:34) will share the inheritance (blessings) along with other like-minded (Gal. 3:29) in Christ.
  • MasterProhet
    Lets practice delighting ourselves in the Lord , and remain as the Apple of God eyes.
  • Drake dyck
    Great proverb, all proverbs are inspiring in one way or another, thank God for the wisdom within them. One of my favorite understandings spoken from God is I have told My people they can have what they say, but My people are saying what they have.
  • Linda
    I love proverbs 17:22 Worrying is like a rocking chair you rock and rock and rock and you get know where. So be happy in the Lord, because he's all you really need

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