35 Bible Verses about Friends

John 15:13 ESV / 288 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 4:10 ESV / 218 helpful votes

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!

Proverbs 18:24 ESV / 196 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 13:20 ESV / 140 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 17:17 ESV / 139 helpful votes

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

Psalm 41:9 ESV / 86 helpful votes

Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.

John 15:15 ESV / 76 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 27:17 ESV / 75 helpful votes

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

Psalm 55:12-14 ESV / 61 helpful votes

For it is not an enemy who taunts me— then I could bear it; it is not an adversary who deals insolently with me— then I could hide from him. But it is you, a man, my equal, my companion, my familiar friend. We used to take sweet counsel together; within God's house we walked in the throng.

1 Samuel 18:3 ESV / 50 helpful votes

Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 ESV / 45 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.

John 15:14 ESV / 35 helpful votes

You are my friends if you do what I command you.

Romans 1:8 ESV / 23 helpful votes

First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world.

Ecclesiastes 4:12 ESV / 20 helpful votes

And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

1 Samuel 18:1 ESV / 19 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.

Ecclesiastes 4:9 ESV / 17 helpful votes

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.

Psalm 88:18 ESV / 17 helpful votes

You have caused my beloved and my friend to shun me; my companions have become darkness.

Psalm 1:1 ESV / 16 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;

Colossians 3:12-14 ESV / 15 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 5:17 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Psalm 55:20 ESV / 14 helpful votes

My companion stretched out his hand against his friends; he violated his covenant.

James 2:23 ESV / 11 helpful votes

And the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God.

Romans 12:15 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

Psalm 35:11-16 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Malicious witnesses rise up; they ask me of things that I do not know. They repay me evil for good; my soul is bereft. But I, when they were sick— I wore sackcloth; I afflicted myself with fasting; I prayed with head bowed on my chest. I went about as though I grieved for my friend or my brother; as one who laments his mother, I bowed down in mourning. But at my stumbling they rejoiced and gathered; they gathered together against me; wretches whom I did not know tore at me without ceasing;

1 Timothy 2:8 ESV / 9 helpful votes

I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling;

John 15:14-25 ESV / 9 helpful votes

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. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another. “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.

Proverbs 3:3 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.

1 Corinthians 15:1-58 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.

John 15:14-15 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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.

John 3:15 ESV / 7 helpful votes

That whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

Proverbs 31:1-31 ESV / 7 helpful votes

The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him: What are you doing, my son? What are you doing, son of my womb? What are you doing, son of my vows? Do not give your strength to women, your ways to those who destroy kings. It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to take strong drink, lest they drink and forget what has been decreed and pervert the rights of all the afflicted.

Isaiah 1:1-31 ESV / 6 helpful votes

The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth; for the Lord has spoken: “Children have I reared and brought up, but they have rebelled against me. The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master's crib, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.” Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, children who deal corruptly! They have forsaken the Lord, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they are utterly estranged. Why will you still be struck down? Why will you continue to rebel? The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.

Proverbs 29:5 ESV / 6 helpful votes

A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.

Acts 27:31 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay in the ship, you cannot be saved.”

Acts 27:24-25 ESV / 2 helpful votes

And he said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar. And behold, God has granted you all those who sail with you.’ So take heart, men, for I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told.

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