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.

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

New King James Version
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.

NASB 1995
A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.

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

Amplified Bible
A friend loves 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.

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

American Standard Version
A friend loveth 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
The friend is loving at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.

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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
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:









(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 - . . .

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

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

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

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

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

is born
יִוָּלֵֽד׃ (yiw·wā·lêḏ)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 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 6869: Tightness, a female rival


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