“Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy” (v6). In the language of proverbs, the “wounds of a friend” refer to someone who shows love by telling us the truth, even when it is uncomfortable. Rather than being condemning, shaming, or overly critical, this kind of friend gently but faithfully helps us face reality and points the way toward health and wholeness. Those who care less may ignore our issues or encourage us down the wrong path.
“Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel” (v9). Good friends are a blessing from the Lord.