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Proverbs 17:17 & meaning...

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

Proverbs 17:17


Proverbs 17 [15.] He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the righteous,

    both of them alike are an abomination to Yahweh.

Why is there money in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom,

    since he has no understanding?

A friend loves at all times;

    and a brother is born for adversity.

A man void of understanding strikes hands,

    and becomes collateral in the presence of his neighbor.

He who loves disobedience loves strife.

    One who builds a high gate seeks destruction.


At its core, Proverbs 17:17 teaches us about the essence of true friendship. It begins with a powerful declaration: "A friend loves at all times." This statement encapsulates the unwavering commitment and unconditional love that characterize genuine companionship. True friends are not bound by circumstances or conditions; they stand by us through thick and thin, offering their love and support consistently, regardless of the challenges we face.

The verse continues, "and a brother is born for adversity." Here, the analogy of brotherhood emphasizes the special bond and shared purpose that exist among friends. Just as siblings are naturally inclined to support and protect one another, true friends are uniquely positioned to stand alongside us during times of hardship and adversity. They are not merely companions for moments of celebration but pillars of strength and sources of comfort when life's trials threaten to overwhelm us.

In our journey through life, we encounter various types of relationships—acquaintances, colleagues, and casual friends. However, Proverbs 17:17 reminds us of the distinctiveness of true friendship. It distinguishes between mere acquaintanceships and the deep, meaningful connections that we forge with those who truly love and care for us.

Cross References:

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10: This passage echoes the sentiments of Proverbs 17:17, highlighting the value of companionship and mutual support: "Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him who is alone when he falls and doesn’t have another to help him up."

John 15:13: Jesus exemplifies the ultimate expression of love in friendship: "Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends." This verse underscores the sacrificial nature of true friendship, where one is willing to make selfless sacrifices for the sake of their friends.

As we reflect on the profound wisdom of Proverbs 17:17, we are reminded of the significance of cultivating authentic friendships in our lives. True friends are precious gifts, enriching our experiences, providing comfort in times of need, and sharing in life's joys and sorrows. They are the ones who walk beside us through every season, offering their unwavering support and love.

In a world marked by transient relationships and superficial connections, the depth and authenticity of true friendship stand out as a beacon of light and hope. It is in the embrace of genuine companionship that we find solace, encouragement, and a sense of belonging. As we cherish and nurture the bonds of friendship in our lives, may we strive to embody the timeless principles of love, loyalty, and solidarity exemplified in Proverbs 17:17.

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PIB Scriptures are derived from the World English Bible


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