20 The poor are shunned even by their neighbors, but the rich have many friends.
6 Many curry favor with a ruler, and everyone is the friend of one who gives gifts.
(Read Proverbs 19:6)
We are without excuse if we do not love God with all our hearts. His gifts to us are past number, and all the gifts of men to us are fruits of his bounty.
7 The poor are shunned by all their relatives- how much more do their friends avoid them! Though the poor pursue them with pleading, they are nowhere to be found.
(Read Proverbs 19:7)
Christ was left by all his disciples; but the Father was with him. It encourages our faith that he had so large an experience of the sorrows of poverty.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Proverbs 14:20
Commentary on Proverbs 14:20
(Read Proverbs 14:20)
Friendship in the world is governed by self-interest. It is good to have God our Friend; he will not desert us.