The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 37:1–6


Every friend will say: “I also am a close friend.” But there is a friend who is a friend in name only. Is this not a grief even unto death?

Every friend saith, I am his friend also: but there is a friend, which is only a friend in name.

But a companion and friend may turn into an enemy.

Is it not a grief unto death, when a companion and friend is turned to an enemy?

O wicked presumption! From what were you created that you would cover the dry land with your malice and deceitfulness?

O wicked imagination, whence camest thou in to cover the earth with deceit?

A companion may rejoice with his friend in good times, but in a time of tribulation, he will be an adversary.

There is a companion, which rejoiceth in the prosperity of a friend, but in the time of trouble will be against him.


There is a companion who commiserates with a friend for the sake of the stomach, but he will shield himself from the enemy.


You should not forget your friend in your soul, and you should not be unmindful of him in your wealth.

Forget not thy friend in thy mind, and be not unmindful of him in thy riches.