100 Bible Verses about Choosing Friends

1 Corinthians 15:33 ESV / 518 helpful votes

Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”

Proverbs 13:20 ESV / 423 helpful votes

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.

Proverbs 18:24 ESV / 290 helpful votes

A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Proverbs 27:17 ESV / 224 helpful votes

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

Proverbs 12:26 ESV / 195 helpful votes

One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.

Proverbs 17:17 ESV / 170 helpful votes

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

Proverbs 22:24-25 ESV / 164 helpful votes

Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare.

Proverbs 27:5-6 ESV / 95 helpful votes

Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 ESV / 76 helpful votes

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Proverbs 27:6 ESV / 74 helpful votes

Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.

John 15:13 ESV / 73 helpful votes

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

Revelation 14:12 ESV / 72 helpful votes

Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.

Proverbs 27:9 ESV / 71 helpful votes

Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.

James 4:4 ESV / 64 helpful votes

You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 ESV / 59 helpful votes

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!

1 Samuel 18:1-3 ESV / 57 helpful votes

As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. And Saul took him that day and would not let him return to his father's house. Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul.

Revelation 12:1-17 ESV / 56 helpful votes

And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth. And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven diadems. His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it. She gave birth to a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne, ...

John 15:12-15 ESV / 56 helpful votes

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.

Job 2:11 ESV / 54 helpful votes

Now when Job's three friends heard of all this evil that had come upon him, they came each from his own place, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. They made an appointment together to come to show him sympathy and comfort him.

Proverbs 17:9 ESV / 52 helpful votes

Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.

Proverbs 16:28 ESV / 52 helpful votes

A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.

2 Kings 2:2 ESV / 51 helpful votes

And Elijah said to Elisha, “Please stay here, for the Lord has sent me as far as Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 ESV / 49 helpful votes

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Luke 6:31 ESV / 48 helpful votes

And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

Proverbs 14:6-7 ESV / 48 helpful votes

A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain, but knowledge is easy for a man of understanding. Leave the presence of a fool, for there you do not meet words of knowledge.

Proverbs 11:14 ESV / 48 helpful votes

Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.

Colossians 3:12-14 ESV / 47 helpful votes

Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

2 Corinthians 6:14 ESV / 46 helpful votes

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?

Proverbs 19:20 ESV / 44 helpful votes

Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.

Proverbs 24:5 ESV / 43 helpful votes

A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might,

Proverbs 1:10 ESV / 41 helpful votes

My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.

Romans 12:10 ESV / 38 helpful votes

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

Proverbs 22:11 ESV / 38 helpful votes

He who loves purity of heart, and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend.

Psalm 119:63 ESV / 38 helpful votes

I am a companion of all who fear you, of those who keep your precepts.

1 Chronicles 16:11 ESV / 38 helpful votes

Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!

Ruth 1:16-17 ESV / 38 helpful votes

But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.”

Proverbs 27:10 ESV / 37 helpful votes

Do not forsake your friend and your father's friend, and do not go to your brother's house in the day of your calamity. Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother who is far away.

Mark 12:31 ESV / 35 helpful votes

The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Isaiah 3:1-26 ESV / 33 helpful votes

For behold, the Lord God of hosts is taking away from Jerusalem and from Judah support and supply, all support of bread, and all support of water; the mighty man and the soldier, the judge and the prophet, the diviner and the elder, the captain of fifty and the man of rank, the counselor and the skillful magician and the expert in charms. And I will make boys their princes, and infants shall rule over them. And the people will oppress one another, every one his fellow and every one his neighbor; the youth will be insolent to the elder, and the despised to the honorable. ...

1 Corinthians 15:33-34 ESV / 32 helpful votes

Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.

Proverbs 20:6 ESV / 32 helpful votes

Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love, but a faithful man who can find?

Revelation 2:1-29 ESV / 31 helpful votes

“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands. “‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name's sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. ...

James 4:8 ESV / 31 helpful votes

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Proverbs 12:15 ESV / 31 helpful votes

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.

Proverbs 16:29 ESV / 30 helpful votes

A man of violence entices his neighbor and leads him in a way that is not good.

Proverbs 27:5 ESV / 29 helpful votes

Better is open rebuke than hidden love.

Proverbs 13:2 ESV / 29 helpful votes

From the fruit of his mouth a man eats what is good, but the desire of the treacherous is for violence.

Proverbs 4:14-15 ESV / 29 helpful votes

Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of the evil. Avoid it; do not go on it; turn away from it and pass on.

Psalm 1:1 ESV / 29 helpful votes

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;

Job 2:11-13 ESV / 29 helpful votes

Now when Job's three friends heard of all this evil that had come upon him, they came each from his own place, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. They made an appointment together to come to show him sympathy and comfort him. And when they saw him from a distance, they did not recognize him. And they raised their voices and wept, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads toward heaven. And they sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his suffering was very great.

1 John 4:8 ESV / 28 helpful votes

Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

Psalm 26:4-5 ESV / 28 helpful votes

I do not sit with men of falsehood, nor do I consort with hypocrites. I hate the assembly of evildoers, and I will not sit with the wicked.

Revelation 11:1-19 ESV / 27 helpful votes

Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, “Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there, but do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months. And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.” These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. And if anyone would harm them, fire pours from their mouth and consumes their foes. If anyone would harm them, this is how he is doomed to be killed. ...

Romans 8:1-39 ESV / 27 helpful votes

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. ...

1 Corinthians 5:11 ESV / 26 helpful votes

But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one.

Romans 12:15 ESV / 26 helpful votes

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.

John 15:15 ESV / 26 helpful votes

No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.

Proverbs 12:5 ESV / 26 helpful votes

The thoughts of the righteous are just; the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 25 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,

1 Timothy 3:1-16 ESV / 25 helpful votes

The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? ...

Romans 12:2 ESV / 25 helpful votes

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 24 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Matthew 5:22 ESV / 23 helpful votes

But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.

Proverbs 12:27 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Whoever is slothful will not roast his game, but the diligent man will get precious wealth.

Proverbs 12:25 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.

Proverbs 12:13 ESV / 23 helpful votes

An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, but the righteous escapes from trouble.

Proverbs 19:4 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Wealth brings many new friends, but a poor man is deserted by his friend.

1 John 1:9 ESV / 21 helpful votes

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 Corinthians 15:34 ESV / 20 helpful votes

Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.

Romans 3:23 ESV / 20 helpful votes

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

John 14:6 ESV / 17 helpful votes

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Proverbs 24:6 ESV / 17 helpful votes

For by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.

Philippians 4:8 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Romans 8:29 ESV / 16 helpful votes

For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

Proverbs 22:6 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 20:19 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with a simple babbler.

Colossians 3:23 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 15 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Ephesians 2:1-3 ESV / 15 helpful votes

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

Psalm 1:1-2 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.

1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV / 14 helpful votes

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Romans 15:32 ESV / 14 helpful votes

So that by God's will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company.

Proverbs 3:5 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

1 Corinthians 6:19 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,

John 14:1-31 ESV / 13 helpful votes

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” ...

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 13 helpful votes

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

1 John 3:1 ESV / 12 helpful votes

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

Hebrews 13:5 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Hebrews 10:25 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace. We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. ...

Revelation 1:1-20 ESV / 11 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood ...

James 1:3 ESV / 11 helpful votes

For you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.

Acts 2:1-28:31 ESV / 11 helpful votes

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. ...

John 17:17 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.

Proverbs 19:6-7 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Many seek the favor of a generous man, and everyone is a friend to a man who gives gifts. All a poor man's brothers hate him; how much more do his friends go far from him! He pursues them with words, but does not have them.

Proverbs 4:14-19 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of the evil. Avoid it; do not go on it; turn away from it and pass on. For they cannot sleep unless they have done wrong; they are robbed of sleep unless they have made someone stumble. For they eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence. But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day. ...

Proverbs 1:10-19 ESV / 10 helpful votes

My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood; let us ambush the innocent without reason; like Sheol let us swallow them alive, and whole, like those who go down to the pit; we shall find all precious goods, we shall fill our houses with plunder; throw in your lot among us; we will all have one purse”— ...

James 5:16 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

Matthew 5:16 ESV / 9 helpful votes

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

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