Proverbs on Friendships/Neighbors
Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them. If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say, “Come back tomorrow, and then I will help you.”
Do not plot against your neighbors, for they trust you.
It is foolish to belittle a neighbor; a person with good sense remains silent.
The Godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray.
Disregarding another person’s faults preserves love; telling about them separates close friends.
A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.
There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.
Loyalty makes a person attractive. And it is better to be poor than dishonest.
Many will say they are loyal friends, but who can find one who is really faithful?
Keep away from angry, short-tempered people, or you will learn to be like them and endanger your soul.
Do not testify spitefully against innocent neighbors; don’t lie about them and don’t say, “Now I can pay them back for all their meanness to me! I’ll get even!”
Singing cheerful songs to a person whose heart is heavy is as bad as stealing someone’s jacket in cold weather or rubbing salt in a wound.
Just as damaging as a mad man shooting a lethal weapon is someone who lies to a friend and then says, “I was only joking.”
An open rebuke is better than hidden love! Wounds from a friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.
The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.
Never abandon a friend – either yours or your father’s. Then in your time of need, you won’t have to ask your relatives for assistance. It is better to go to a neighbor than a relative who lives far away.
If you shout a pleasant greeting to your neighbor too early in the morning, it will be counted as a curse!
As iron sharpens iron, a friend sharpens a friend.
In the end, people appreciate frankness more than flattery.
To flatter people [neighbors] is to lay a trap for their feet.