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

  • Irene123
    'Jesus' is all through the O.T. The whole of the O.T. is all about Jesus. Luke 24:44, Jn. 20:28 - Thomas was a DEVOUT Jew. NO Jew will call anyone 'Lord' and 'God' except He is that. Deut.6:4 - Hear O Israel, the Lord your God is one Lord," (Shema). Nor did Jesus, being a DEVOUT Jew, rebuke Thomas. The name Jehovah translates to Jesus.
  • Brianna
    "Jehovah's" name is a source of protection. That's why it's critical to know this name. Yet Sadly, even with the KJ that name is obscured by TITLES such as LORD. It's capitalized and italicized so we know that the translator understood the omission of the Divine Name.
  • Steve morrow
    proverbs 18:21 death and life are in the power of the tongue and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof pro 13:2 a man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence 13:3 he that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction
  • JWM
    Pro_18:10 Yahweh‚name is a strong tower: the righteous run to him, and are safe. Nothing here about "Jesus."
  • 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.

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