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 18:24

  • Cypher cephas for verse 24
    A man who wants a good friend must presents himself as one good friend and there is a friend that is always closer who u can share ur secrets with than a brother.. Confess ur fault to one another sticker friend and pray for one another.. This is a sign of love.real love..
  • Brianna for verse 24
    Anyone remember that old school song Friends? Wonder if this scripture inspired them?? Anyways, I like the point of how true it is that a friend can be more reliant that even family ties! People who are suppose to be there for you, blood, may not be as loving a friend!!! The internal thing put within humans that allows us to make relationships bond with another person is really amazing.
  • REMEMBER IT S ABOUT LOVE IT S ALL ABOUT JESUS ON YOUR OWN YOU CAN T BE THE KIND OF FRIEND GOD COMMANDS US TO BE WE NEED AND HAVE TO HAVE THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT WITHIN US AS THE HOLY SPIRIT TEACHES US HOW TO LOVE AT THE SAME TIME HE IS TEACHING US HOW TO BE FRIENDLY TO ONE ANOTHER
  • theres a friend always there for you and it do gose both ways and friends do stick closer then a brother and we all can learn from each other amen
  • I agree with Darells comment also, well said !!
  • @Darrell, I completely agree with you

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