Proverbs 19:4

4 Wealth attracts many friends, but even the closest friend of the poor person deserts them.

Read Proverbs 19:4 Using Other Translations

Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.
Wealth brings many new friends, but a poor man is deserted by his friend.
Wealth makes many “friends”; poverty drives them all away.

What does Proverbs 19:4 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 19:4

Wealth maketh many friends
Or "adds" F6; it increases the number of them: so the poet F7, "donec eris felix, multos numerabis amicos"; and to this agrees what the wise man says, ( Proverbs 14:20 ) ; but the poor is separated from his neighbour;
or "friend" F8; he will not visit him as he did in his prosperity, nor suffer him to come into his house or company, or come near him; he is separated from his affection, friendship, and presence: so another poet F9,

``if thou art rich, thou wilt have many friends; but, if poor, few.''


F6 (Pyoy) . "addit", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator.
F7 Ovid.
F8 (wherm) "ab amico sua", Pagninus, Montanus, Baynus, Junius & Tremeliius, Piscator, Michaelis; "a sodali sua", Schultens.
F9 Theognis.
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