Proverbs 18:24 Meaning of Verse with Simple Commentary

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

Explanation and Commentary on Proverbs 18:24

Those who we call friends are those we trust and those we can run to for help. Choosing the kind of friends we want is necessary because the friends we have will determine the kind of life we will have. You are the average of your five closest friends. Friends that are unreliable and are not doing the right thing will one day get into trouble and it will affect you.

Psalm 1:1
“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers.”

This also means that anyone who does not take ungodly people as friends is blessed. Such a person would be free of ruin.

Whenever there are troubles, those who keep unreliable friends will face the consequences. This is the reason why we need to filter the kinds of friends we keep.

The second part of Proverbs 18:24 says “but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”

This is the real friend who never leaves us. This friend sticks closer to you than even your own family. This friend will sacrifice things for our sake. He has done it before and he will continue to do it. This friend is Jesus. We are not the ones who begged to be His friends – going by our works and behavior, we are not qualified to be His friend.

Jesus called you to be His friend, and He was ready to sacrifice Himself for you out of love.

John 15:15
“I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”

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Biblical Translations of Proverbs 18:24

NIV
One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

NLT
There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.

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

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

NKJV
A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

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