18:9 One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys [a vandal].
18:22 He who finds a wife finds what is good [pleasing to God; cf. Prov. 31:10-31] and receives favor [delight; pleasure] from the LORD [marriage is within God’s will and pleases Him].
18:24 A man of many companions [friendships made without discrimination; superficial friendships] may come to ruin [cf. Lk. 15:14 re: the experience of the prodigal son; cf. Prov. 19:14], but there is a friend [the kind who will remain supportive at all times] who sticks closer than [a best friend may prove to be more committed (faithful and loyal) to your welfare than a brother or blood relative; Jonathan proved to be more of a brother to David than David’s older brothers (cf. 1 Sam. 20)] a brother.