“Iron sharpeneth iron;
so a man sharpeneth the
countenance of his friend.”
Are you a friend worth having? You must make those around you better. You do not fear to gently correct or warn them about faults. As a file removes bits of metal from a blade, a good friend leaves a sharp, shiny finish.
“A brother offended is harder
to be won than a strong city:
and their contentions are
like the bars of a castle.”
If you offend a friend, do you know what you have done? Do you grasp how hard it may be to recover that friendship? It is wisdom to be careful with friends and to do everything in your power to be reconciled immediately.
“The rod and reproof give wisdom:
but a child left to himself
bringeth his mother to shame.”
The best child training manual is here. If the world would follow it, benefits would abound. Instead, they ridicule its concepts and forbid its practice. The result? Immature, dysfunctional, foolish, and rebellious youth everywhere!
“A soft answer turneth away wrath:
but grievous words stir up anger.”
It takes two to fight. If you choose to be a pillow, an adversary’s blows hurt less, and they soon end. Your words in a fight are crucial. Do you get angry and use hard words to make things worse? Or soft to end it right now?
“By long forbearing is a prince persuaded,
and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.”
Can you persuade a person in power over you? It is not by argument, persistence, or intensity. There is an altogether different approach that is despised today. You will always have others over you, so here is needful wisdom for you.
“A friend loveth at all times,
and a brother is born for adversity.”
Are you a fair weather friend? Are your friends only around when the going is good? A true friend loves at all times, and a close friend is a gift for hard times. Superficiality is a waste of time. You need to find and be a true friend.