Faithful friends (Sir 6:14-6:17)

“Faithful friends are a sturdy shelter.

Whoever finds a faithful friend,

Has found a treasure.

There is nothing so precious

As a faithful friend.

Faithful friends are beyond price.

No amount can balance their worth.

Faithful friends are life saving medicine.

Those who fear the Lord

Will find them.

Whoever fears the Lord

Directs their friendship aright.

As they are,

So are their neighbors also.”

Now we see the right kind of friends, faithful friends who are like a sturdy shelter. If you find a faithful friend, it is like a precious treasure beyond price and value. They are like life saving medicines. Those who fear the Lord will find these faithful friends. They will be faithful friends with their neighbors also.

Precious treasure (Prov 21:19-21:21)

“It is better to live in a desert land

Than with a contentious and fretful wife.

Precious treasure remains in the house of the wise.

But the fool devours his treasure.

Whoever pursues righteousness

Will find life and honor.

Whoever pursues kindness

Will find life and honor.”

Once again we have the problem of the contentious and fretful wife. It is better to be on a desert island than with this contentious woman. Interesting enough, there is never any mention of cantankerous husbands. You can find precious treasure in the house of the wise ones. The fools, on the other hand, devour their treasure. If you pursue righteousness and kindness, you will have an honorable life.