17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
(Read Proverbs 18:24)
Christ Jesus never will forsake those who trust in and love him. May we be such friends to others, for our Master's sake. Having loved his own, which were in the world, he loved them unto the end; and we are his friends if we do whatever he commands us, John 15:14.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Proverbs 17:17
Commentary on Proverbs 17:17
(Read Proverbs 17:17)
No change of outward circumstances should abate our affection for our friends or relatives. But no friend, except Christ, deserves unlimited confidence. In Him this text did receive, and still receives its most glorious fulfilment.