100 Bible Verses about Friends And Friendship

Proverbs 17:17 ESV / 217 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 18:24 ESV / 209 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 / 195 helpful votes

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

John 15:13 ESV / 146 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 13:20 ESV / 133 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 15:33 ESV / 128 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 27:6 ESV / 123 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 12:26 ESV / 120 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 16:28 ESV / 117 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 22:24-25 ESV / 102 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.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 ESV / 83 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.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 ESV / 79 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!

Proverbs 27:5-6 ESV / 78 helpful votes

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

John 15:12-15 ESV / 72 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.

Proverbs 27:9 ESV / 69 helpful votes

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

John 15:13-15 ESV / 67 helpful votes

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.

James 4:4 ESV / 63 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.

1 Samuel 18:1-3 ESV / 62 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.

John 15:15 ESV / 60 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 17:9 ESV / 59 helpful votes

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

1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV / 57 helpful votes

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

2 Kings 2:2 ESV / 52 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.

Job 6:14 ESV / 47 helpful votes

“He who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.

Hebrews 13:5 ESV / 45 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.”

Proverbs 20:6 ESV / 45 helpful votes

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

Romans 5:10 ESV / 43 helpful votes

For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.

Job 2:11 ESV / 43 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.

Psalm 41:9 ESV / 42 helpful votes

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

Romans 12:10 ESV / 37 helpful votes

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

Luke 6:31 ESV / 36 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 24:5 ESV / 36 helpful votes

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

James 4:8 ESV / 35 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.

James 2:23 ESV / 35 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.

Colossians 3:12-14 ESV / 35 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.

Proverbs 22:11 ESV / 35 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 27:10 ESV / 34 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.

1 Samuel 18:1 ESV / 34 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.

Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV / 33 helpful votes

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 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.

Ephesians 4:32 ESV / 33 helpful votes

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Matthew 18:20 ESV / 33 helpful votes

For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”

Proverbs 15:22 ESV / 33 helpful votes

Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.

Amos 3:3 ESV / 32 helpful votes

“Do two walk together, unless they have agreed to meet?

Nahum 1:7 ESV / 31 helpful votes

The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him.

1 Peter 4:8-10 ESV / 28 helpful votes

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace:

Proverbs 27:19 ESV / 27 helpful votes

As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man.

Proverbs 22:24-27 ESV / 27 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. Be not one of those who give pledges, who put up security for debts. If you have nothing with which to pay, why should your bed be taken from under you?

Proverbs 19:20 ESV / 27 helpful votes

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

Psalm 55:22 ESV / 27 helpful votes

Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

Job 2:11-13 ESV / 27 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.

2 Samuel 15:32-37 ESV / 27 helpful votes

While David was coming to the summit, where God was worshiped, behold, Hushai the Archite came to meet him with his coat torn and dirt on his head. David said to him, “If you go on with me, you will be a burden to me. But if you return to the city and say to Absalom, ‘I will be your servant, O king; as I have been your father's servant in time past, so now I will be your servant,’ then you will defeat for me the counsel of Ahithophel. Are not Zadok and Abiathar the priests with you there? So whatever you hear from the king's house, tell it to Zadok and Abiathar the priests. Behold, their two sons are with them there, Ahimaaz, Zadok's son, and Jonathan, Abiathar's son, and by them you shall send to me everything you hear.” ...

2 Samuel 10:2 ESV / 27 helpful votes

And David said, “I will deal loyally with Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father dealt loyally with me.” So David sent by his servants to console him concerning his father. And David's servants came into the land of the Ammonites.

Ruth 1:16 ESV / 27 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.

Ruth 1:16-17 ESV / 27 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.”

Exodus 33:11 ESV / 27 helpful votes

Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. When Moses turned again into the camp, his assistant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent.

1 Peter 4:8 ESV / 26 helpful votes

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 ESV / 26 helpful votes

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; ...

Romans 1:12 ESV / 26 helpful votes

That is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith, both yours and mine.

John 15:12-14 ESV / 26 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.

John 3:16 ESV / 26 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.

Proverbs 11:13 ESV / 26 helpful votes

Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.

1 Samuel 18:1-4 ESV / 26 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. And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David, and his armor, and even his sword and his bow and his belt.

Ecclesiastes 4:12 ESV / 25 helpful votes

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

Psalm 133:1 ESV / 25 helpful votes

A Song of Ascents. Of David. Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!

1 Samuel 20:17 ESV / 25 helpful votes

And Jonathan made David swear again by his love for him, for he loved him as he loved his own soul.

John 21:7 ESV / 22 helpful votes

That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea.

1 John 4:7 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.

Romans 12:15 ESV / 19 helpful votes

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

1 Samuel 20:42 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Then Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, because we have sworn both of us in the name of the Lord, saying, ‘The Lord shall be between me and you, and between my offspring and your offspring, forever.’” And he rose and departed, and Jonathan went into the city.

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 18 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 John 3:7 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous.

1 John 2:6 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

2 Peter 3:9 ESV / 18 helpful votes

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

Colossians 3:1-25 ESV / 18 helpful votes

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. ...

2 Corinthians 6:14 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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

Romans 16:4 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Who risked their necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks but all the churches of the Gentiles give thanks as well.

Acts 2:42 ESV / 18 helpful votes

And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

John 14:16 ESV / 18 helpful votes

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever,

John 7:37 ESV / 18 helpful votes

On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 18 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 19:19 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Proverbs 27:14 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Whoever blesses his neighbor with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, will be counted as cursing.

Proverbs 27:1-27 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips. A stone is heavy, and sand is weighty, but a fool's provocation is heavier than both. Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy? Better is open rebuke than hidden love. ...

Proverbs 22:6 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 18:1-24 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment. A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion. When wickedness comes, contempt comes also, and with dishonor comes disgrace. The words of a man's mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook. It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the righteous of justice. ...

Proverbs 15:1 ESV / 18 helpful votes

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Proverbs 11:14 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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

Psalm 88:18 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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

Psalm 55:12-14 ESV / 18 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.

2 Samuel 9:1-13 ESV / 18 helpful votes

And David said, “Is there still anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan's sake?” Now there was a servant of the house of Saul whose name was Ziba, and they called him to David. And the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?” And he said, “I am your servant.” And the king said, “Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of God to him?” Ziba said to the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is crippled in his feet.” The king said to him, “Where is he?” And Ziba said to the king, “He is in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar.” Then King David sent and brought him from the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar. ...

1 Samuel 23:16-18 ESV / 18 helpful votes

And Jonathan, Saul's son, rose and went to David at Horesh, and strengthened his hand in God. And he said to him, “Do not fear, for the hand of Saul my father shall not find you. You shall be king over Israel, and I shall be next to you. Saul my father also knows this.” And the two of them made a covenant before the Lord. David remained at Horesh, and Jonathan went home.

1 Samuel 22:23 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Stay with me; do not be afraid, for he who seeks my life seeks your life. With me you shall be in safekeeping.”

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 ESV / 18 helpful votes

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

John 13:34-35 ESV / 16 helpful votes

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Proverbs 25:19 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Trusting in a treacherous man in time of trouble is like a bad tooth or a foot that slips.

Proverbs 24:26 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Whoever gives an honest answer kisses the lips.

Proverbs 16:7 ESV / 16 helpful votes

When a man's ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Proverbs 3:32 ESV / 16 helpful votes

For the devious person is an abomination to the Lord, but the upright are in his confidence.

Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 16 helpful votes

A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. ...

Job 16:20-21 ESV / 16 helpful votes

My friends scorn me; my eye pours out tears to God, that he would argue the case of a man with God, as a son of man does with his neighbor.

1 John 1:9 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

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