True Friendship

by | Feb 18, 2021 | Reflection | 15 comments

In this passage, God asks us to see others not by color, but by their God-fearing nature as an individual, our neighbor and our friend.  I am not confused anymore.

Ben Sira 6:5-17

New American Bible (Revised Edition)

True Friendship[a]

Pleasant speech multiplies friends,

    and gracious lips, friendly greetings.

Let those who are friendly to you be many,

    but one in a thousand your confidant.

When you gain friends, gain them through testing,

    and do not be quick to trust them.

For there are friends when it suits them,

    but they will not be around in time of trouble.

Another is a friend who turns into an enemy,

    and tells of the quarrel to your disgrace.


Others are friends, table companions,

    but they cannot be found in time of affliction.


When things go well, they are your other self,

    and lord it over your servants.


If disaster comes upon you, they turn against you

    and hide themselves.


Stay away from your enemies,

    and be on guard with your friends.


Faithful friends are a sturdy shelter;

    whoever finds one finds a treasure.


Faithful friends are beyond price,

    no amount can balance their worth.


Faithful friends are life-saving medicine;

    those who fear God will find them.


Those who fear the Lord enjoy stable friendship,

    for as they are, so will their neighbors be.

I am not confused anymore.  My dilemma was originally on the subject of BLM.  I struggled with how to create a healthy subject in my mind.  I had biased opinions which I was not proud of.  So, as usual, I turned to writing to ponder on the subject.  I prayed for the whisper of God to guide my writing.  A little voice guided me to search for the answer in my bible.  I read Ben Sira 6:5-17.  This writing resulted in a healthy topic of BLM.


  1. Irene Chung

    This was enlightening thanks for sharing! It does start with us – how we choose to be and act first as a friend. Then we will see our actions mirrored back to us. What we project outwards comes back to us. What we give out, we receive. Reminds me of a quote that somewhat ties in : “we don’t see things (or people) as they are, we see things (them) as WE are.”

    • Veronica Kung

      My biased thoughts which I was not proud of are remedied by this bible verse. It is good to have true friends.

  2. Joanne Jones

    Very energetic post, I loved that a lot.
    Will there be a part 2?

    • Veronica Kung

      Thank you! Your request is in the works.

    • Veronica Kung

      Thank you Joanne Jones. I am working on writing part 2 and had to reread my post. It actually helped and refreshed a reminder of True Friendship. Thanks again!

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    • Veronica Kung

      Did you find true friendship?


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