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Faithful Friends

Today’s reading in the Lectionary is from Sirach, one of the books of the Apocrypha, and features wisdom on faithful friends. I especially love “let your advisors be one in a thousand.” I have been greatly blessed to have found a few of those, and they stick with you for a lifetime.

Bless you, bless you, faithful friends!

Sirach 6:5-17

5 Pleasant speech multiplies friends,
and a gracious tongue multiplies courtesies.
6 Let those who are friendly with you be many,
but let your advisers be one in a thousand.
7 When you gain friends, gain them through testing,
and do not trust them hastily.
8 For there are friends who are such when it suits them,
but they will not stand by you in time of trouble.
9 And there are friends who change into enemies,
and tell of the quarrel to your disgrace.
10 And there are friends who sit at your table,
but they will not stand by you in time of trouble.
11 When you are prosperous, they become your second self,
and lord it over your servants;
12 but if you are brought low, they turn against you,
and hide themselves from you.
13 Keep away from your enemies,
and be on guard with your friends.

14 Faithful friends are a sturdy shelter:
whoever finds one has found a treasure.
15 Faithful friends are beyond price;
no amount can balance their worth.
16 Faithful friends are life-saving medicine;
and those who fear the Lord will find them.
17 Those who fear the Lord direct their friendship aright,
for as they are, so are their neighbours also.

October 21, 2014 - Posted by | Character, Community, Cross Cultural, ExPat Life, Faith, Interconnected, Lectionary Readings, Relationships


  1. Wow-powerful. I don’t know the books of the Apocrypha as my church doesn’t use them. Maybe I need to check them out to see what else is in there.

    Comment by momcatwa | October 21, 2014 | Reply

  2. I thought your church also used the apocrypha . . . I know the RC church does, and I believe the orthodox churches. Even churches that don’t incorporate the apocrypha often use it; get a bible that includes the apocrypha and you will find a lot of familiar verses and stories, like Judith and Holofernes 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 21, 2014 | Reply

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