I think this blog post, SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 17:17-18, at Settled In Heaven helps to explain the Bible passage I quoted in WHAT ARE THE SIGNS THAT OUR REPUBLIC IS ABOUT TO FALL? — PART 5. However, because Rob Barkman likes to use a translation of the Bible in old English, I thought this might be helpful to some of my readers.
Proverbs 17:17-18 Good News Translation (GNT)
17 Friends always show their love. What are relatives for if not to share trouble?
18 Only someone with no sense would promise to be responsible for someone else’s debts.
Barkman’s post is about these verses in proverbs. When he explains them, he cites John 15:12-15, the core of the passage I quoted in WHAT ARE THE SIGNS THAT OUR REPUBLIC IS ABOUT TO FALL? — PART 5.
He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)
The Wisdom of The Lord: The Value Of Friendship: Proverbs 17:17-18
17) A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. 18) A man void of understanding striketh hands, [and] becometh surety in the presence of his friend.
In this text we can see the importance of obtaining and keeping friends…
17) A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. What does this Proverb mean by the phrase “friend”? The Hebrew word translated “friend” in this proverb is a word that commonly refers to a shepherd caring for his sheep. It is translated as “shepherd”, “companion”, “feed”, “herdman” etc. How is a “shepherd” related to a “friend”? This word is teaching us that a true friend is one that cares for his cohort. He will watch for his welfare, work to help meet his needs and be willing to give of himself for his friend’s benefit. (continued here)