Ben Sira 37:1-7

1 Every friend says, "I too am a friend"; but some friends are friends only in name.
2 Is it not a sorrow like that for death itself when a dear friend turns into an enemy?
3 O inclination to evil, why were you formed to cover the land with deceit?
4 Some companions rejoice in the happiness of a friend, but in time of trouble they are against him.
5 Some companions help a friend for their stomachs' sake, yet in battle they will carry his shield.
6 Do not forget a friend during the battle, and do not be unmindful of him when you distribute your spoils.
7 All counselors praise the counsel they give, but some give counsel in their own interest.
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