Proverbs 17:17
New International Version
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.

New Living Translation
A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.

English Standard Version
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

Berean Study Bible
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

New American Standard Bible
A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.

King James Bible
A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

Christian Standard Bible
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a difficult time.

Contemporary English Version
A friend is there to help, in any situation, and relatives are born to share our troubles.

Good News Translation
Friends always show their love. What are relatives for if not to share trouble?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a difficult time.

International Standard Version
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is there for times of trouble.

NET Bible
A friend loves at all times, and a relative is born to help in adversity.

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A friend is loved at all times and a brother is born for trouble.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A friend always loves, and a brother is born to share trouble.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A friend loveth at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.

New American Standard 1977
A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.

Jubilee Bible 2000
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

King James 2000 Bible
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

American King James Version
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

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

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Have thou a friend for every time, and let brethren be useful in distress; for on this account are they born.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that is a friend loveth at all times: and a brother is proved in distress.

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

English Revised Version
A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

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

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

Young's Literal Translation
At all times is the friend loving, And a brother for adversity is born.
Study Bible
Better a Dry Morsel in Quietness
16Why should the fool have money in his hand with no intention of buying wisdom? 17A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. 18A man lacking judgment strikes hands in pledge and puts up security for his neighbor.…
Cross References
Ruth 1:16
But Ruth replied: "Do not urge me to leave you or to turn from following you. For wherever you go, I will go, and wherever you live, I will live; your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.

2 Samuel 15:21
But Ittai answered the king, "As surely as the LORD lives, and as my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king may be, whether it means life or death, there will your servant be!"

Proverbs 18:24
A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who stays closer than a brother.

Treasury of Scripture

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

Proverbs 18:24
A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

Proverbs 19:7
All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him.

Ruth 1:16
And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:







Lexicon
A friend
הָרֵ֑עַ (hā·rê·a‘)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7453: Friend, companion, fellow

loves
אֹהֵ֣ב (’ō·hêḇ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 157: To have affection f

at all
בְּכָל־ (bə·ḵāl)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

times,
עֵ֭ת (‘êṯ)
Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6256: Time, now, when

and a brother
וְאָ֥ח (wə·’āḥ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 251: A brother, )

is born
יִוָּלֵֽד׃ (yiw·wā·lêḏ)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3205: To bear young, to beget, medically, to act as midwife, to show lineage

for adversity.
לְ֝צָרָ֗ה (lə·ṣā·rāh)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6869: Tightness, a female rival
(17) A friend loveth at all times . . .--Rather, The (true) friend loveth at all times, and (as) a brother is born for adversity.

Verse 17. - A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Some find a climax in the two clauses, and translate the last as Revised Version margin, "And is born as a brother for adversity," the same person being meant in both members of the sentence. A real friend loves his friend in prosperity and adversity; yea, he is more than a friend in time of need - he is a brother, as affectionate and as trusty as one connected by the closest ties of relationship (comp. Proverbs 18:24). Siracides gives a very cruel version of this proverb, "A friend cannot be known in prosperity; and an enemy cannot be hidden in adversity. In the prosperity of a man enemies will be grieved; but in his adversity even a friend will depart" (Ecclus. 12:8, etc.). Cicero had a truer notion of the stability of friendship when he quoted Ennius's dictum, "Amicus certus in re incerta cernitur" ('De Amicit.,' 17.). Misfortune, says our maxim, is the touchstone of friendship; and one Greek gnome enjoins -

Ἰδίας νόμιζε τῶν φίλων τὰς συμφοράς

"Thy friend's misfortunes deem to be thine own;"

while another runs -

Κρίνει φίλους ὁ καιρὸς ὥς χρυσὸν τὸ πῦρ.

"The crisis tests a friend, as fire the gold." Septuagint, "Have thou a friend forevery crisis, and let brethren be useful in adversities; for for this they are made." Commenting on the expression, "is born," Wordsworth fancifully remarks, "Adversity brings him forth. He comes, as it were, out of the womb of calamity, and seems to be born for it." 17:8. Those who set their hearts upon money, will do any thing for it. What influence should the gifts of God have on our hearts! 9. The way to preserve peace is to make the best of every thing; not to notice what has been said or done against ourselves. 10. A gentle reproof will enter, not only into the head, but into the heart of a wise man. 11. Satan, and the messengers of Satan, shall be let loose upon an evil man. 12. Let us watch over our own passions, and avoid the company of furious men. 13. To render evil for good is devilish. He that does so, brings a curse upon his family. 14. What danger there is in the beginning of strife! Resist its earliest display; and leave it off, if it were possible, before you begin. 15. It is an offence to God to acquit the guilty, or to condemn those who are not guilty. 16. Man's neglect of God's favour and his own interest is very absurd. 17. No change of outward circumstances should abate our affection for our friends or relatives. But no friend, except Christ, deserves unlimited confidence. In Him this text did receive, and still receives its most glorious fulfilment. 18. Let not any wrong their families. Yet Christ's becoming Surety for men, was a glorious display of Divine wisdom; for he was able to discharge the bond.
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