Week 102: Proverbs Part 11
The Hebrew word that is translated ‘friend’ also means ‘neighbor’. It refers to all non-relatives who live within the immediate circle of one’s relationships. The advice of the book contrasts with today’s depersonalized world where true friendship is rare.
Good neighbors promote peace and harmony, are reluctant to quarrel and are disarmingly kind. They are generous in their judgements and always willing to give help when needed. They appreciate the importance of silence and privacy. They say ‘No’ to unwise agreements.
Proverbs teaches that a few good friends is better than a host of acquaintances. A good friend can be closer than a relative.
A good friend has four qualities:
Loyalty – will stick with you, no matter what.
Honesty – will be frank with you and tell you the truth.
Consultancy – will give you advice. An opposite viewpoint may be what is required.
Courtesy – will always respect your feelings and refuse to trade on your affection.