Proverbs 19:4
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Wealth attracts many friends, but even the closest friend of the poor person deserts them.

New Living Translation
Wealth makes many "friends"; poverty drives them all away.

English Standard Version
Wealth brings many new friends, but a poor man is deserted by his friend.

New American Standard Bible
Wealth adds many friends, But a poor man is separated from his friend.

King James Bible
Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Wealth attracts many friends, but a poor man is separated from his friend.

International Standard Version
Wealth brings many friends, but a poor man is deserted by his friend.

NET Bible
Wealth adds many friends, but a poor person is separated from his friend.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Possessions add many friends and the poor is separated from his friends.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Wealth adds many friends, but a poor person is separated from his friend.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Wealth makes many friends, but the poor is separated from his neighbour.

King James 2000 Bible
Wealth makes many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbor.

American King James Version
Wealth makes many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbor.

American Standard Version
Wealth addeth many friends; But the poor is separated from his friend.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Riches make many friends: but from the poor man, even they whom he had, depart.

Darby Bible Translation
Wealth addeth many friends; but the poor is separated from his friend.

English Revised Version
Wealth addeth many friends: but the poor is separated from his friend.

Webster's Bible Translation
Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbor.

World English Bible
Wealth adds many friends, but the poor is separated from his friend.

Young's Literal Translation
Wealth addeth many friends, And the poor from his neighbour is separated.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

19:3. Men run into troubles by their own folly, and then fret at the appointments of God. 4. Here we may see how strong is men's love of money. 5. Those that tell lies in discourse, are in a fair way to be guilty of bearing false-witness. 6. We are without excuse if we do not love God with all our hearts. His gifts to us are past number, and all the gifts of men to us are fruits of his bounty. 7. Christ was left by all his disciples; but the Father was with him. It encourages our faith that he had so large an experience of the sorrows of poverty. 8. Those only love their souls aright that get true wisdom. 9. Lying is a damning, destroying sin. 10. A man that has not wisdom and grace, has no right or title to true joy. It is very unseemly for one who is a servant to sin, to oppress God's free-men.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - Wealth maketh many friends (vers. 6, 7; Proverbs 14:20). A Greek gnome expresses the same truth -

Ἐὰν δ ἔχωμεν χρήμαθ ἕξομεν φίλους. The poor is separated from his neighbour. But it is better to make the act of separation emanate from the friend (as the Hebrew allows), and to render, with the Revised Version, The friend of the poor separateth himself from him. The word for "poor" is here dal, which means "feeble," "languid;" so ver. 17; and the came word (rea), "friend" or "neighbor," is used in both clauses. The idea of man's selfishness is carried on in vers. 6 and 7. The Law of Moses had tried to counteract it (Deuteronomy 15:7, etc.), but it was Christianity that introduced the practical realization of the law of love, and the honouring of the poor as members of Christ. Septuagint, "But the poor is deserted even by his whilom friend."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Wealth maketh many friends,.... Or "adds" (f); it increases the number of them: so the poet (g), "donec eris felix, multos numerabis amicos"; and to this agrees what the wise man says, Proverbs 14:20;

but the poor is separated from his neighbour; or "friend" (h); he will not visit him as he did in his prosperity, nor suffer him to come into his house or company, or come near him; he is separated from his affection, friendship, and presence: so another poet (i),

"if thou art rich, thou wilt have many friends; but, if poor, few.''

(f) "addit", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator. (g) Ovid. (h) "ab amico sua", Pagninus, Montanus, Baynus, Junius & Tremeliius, Piscator, Michaelis; "a sodali sua", Schultens. (i) Theognis.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. (Compare Pr 14:20). Such facts are often adduced with implied disapprobation.

Proverbs 19:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Better is the Poor Man with Integrity
3The foolishness of man ruins his way, And his heart rages against the LORD. 4Wealth adds many friends, But a poor man is separated from his friend. 5A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who tells lies will not escape.…
Cross References
Proverbs 14:20
The poor are shunned even by their neighbors, but the rich have many friends.

Proverbs 19:5
A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will not go free.
Treasury of Scripture

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