Proverbs 18:24
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New International Version
One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

New Living Translation
There are "friends" who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.

English Standard Version
A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

New American Standard Bible
A man of too many friends comes to ruin, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A man with many friends may be harmed, but there is a friend who stays closer than a brother.

International Standard Version
A man with many friends can still be ruined, but a true friend sticks closer than a brother.

NET Bible
A person who has friends may be harmed by them, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
There are friends who are friends, and there is a friend that is closer than a brother.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Friends can destroy one another, but a loving friend can stick closer than family.

JPS Tanakh 1917
There are friends that one hath to his own hurt; But there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

New American Standard 1977
A man of many friends comes to ruin,
            But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.



Jubilee Bible 2000
The man that has friends must show himself to be a friend, and there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.

King James 2000 Bible
A man that has friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.

American King James Version
A man that has friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
A man amiable in society, shall be more friendly than a brother.

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

English Revised Version
He that maketh many friends doeth it to his own destruction: but there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

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

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

Young's Literal Translation
A man with friends is to show himself friendly, And there is a lover adhering more than a brother!

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
18:19. Great care must be taken to prevent quarrels among relations and those under obligations to each other. Wisdom and grace make it easy to forgive; but corruption makes it difficult. 20. The belly is here put for the heart, as elsewhere; and what that is filled with, our satisfaction will be accordingly, and our inward peace. 21. Many a one has caused his own death, or the death of others, by a false or injurious tongue. 22. A good wife is a great blessing to a man, and it is a token of Divine favour. 23. Poverty tells men they must not order or demand. And at the throne of God's grace we are all poor, and must use entreaties. 24. Christ Jesus never will forsake those who trust in and love him. May we be such friends to others, for our Master's sake. Having loved his own, which were in the world, he loved them unto the end; and we are his friends if we do whatever he commands us, Joh 15:14.
Study Bible
The Unfriendly Pursue Selfishness
23The poor man utters supplications, But the rich man answers roughly. 24A man of too many friends comes to ruin, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Cross References
John 15:14
You are My friends if you do what I command you.

John 15:15
No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not understand what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because everything I have learned from My Father I have made known to you.

Proverbs 17:17
A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.

Proverbs 27:10
Do not forsake your own friend or your father's friend, And do not go to your brother's house in the day of your calamity; Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother far away.
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