86 Bible Verses about Friendship

Proverbs 18:24 ESV / 568 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 ESV / 408 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 15:13 ESV / 383 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 27:17 ESV / 314 helpful votes

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

Proverbs 17:17 ESV / 280 helpful votes

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

1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV / 266 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 15:33 ESV / 197 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 27:9 ESV / 162 helpful votes

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

Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV / 144 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.

Proverbs 27:6 ESV / 142 helpful votes

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

Job 6:14 ESV / 130 helpful votes

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

1 Peter 4:8-10 ESV / 117 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 22:24-27 ESV / 108 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?

John 15:12-14 ESV / 96 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.

Proverbs 27:19 ESV / 88 helpful votes

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

Romans 1:12 ESV / 75 helpful votes

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

Ruth 1:17 ESV / 72 helpful votes

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 17:9 ESV / 70 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 ESV / 68 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;

Proverbs 16:28 ESV / 68 helpful votes

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

Psalm 55:12-14 ESV / 57 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.

Hebrews 13:5 ESV / 55 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.”

1 Samuel 22:23 ESV / 55 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.”

Proverbs 27:10 ESV / 49 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.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 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!

Proverbs 27:5-6 ESV / 44 helpful votes

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

Psalm 41:9 ESV / 44 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 25:17 ESV / 41 helpful votes

Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor's house, lest he have his fill of you and hate you.

Luke 6:31 ESV / 39 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 11:13 ESV / 34 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 13:20 ESV / 33 helpful votes

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

Job 2:11-13 ESV / 32 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.

Matthew 18:20 ESV / 31 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 4:16 ESV / 30 helpful votes

At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them!

1 John 1:9 ESV / 29 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 John 2:6 ESV / 27 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 22:24-25 ESV / 26 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.

Amos 3:3 ESV / 24 helpful votes

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

1 John 4:7 ESV / 22 helpful votes

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

Job 19:13-22 ESV / 22 helpful votes

“He has put my brothers far from me, and those who knew me are wholly estranged from me. My relatives have failed me, my close friends have forgotten me. The guests in my house and my maidservants count me as a stranger; I have become a foreigner in their eyes. I call to my servant, but he gives me no answer; I must plead with him with my mouth for mercy. My breath is strange to my wife, and I am a stench to the children of my own mother.

James 4:4 ESV / 21 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.

Philippians 1:3-4 ESV / 20 helpful votes

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy,

Ruth 1:16 ESV / 20 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.

Proverbs 27:14 ESV / 19 helpful votes

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

Job 16:20 ESV / 18 helpful votes

My friends scorn me; my eye pours out tears to God,

John 14:27 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

John 3:16 ESV / 16 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.

2 Samuel 9:1-13 ESV / 16 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 John 3:7 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

Philippians 2:20 ESV / 14 helpful votes

For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare.

Proverbs 25:19 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

Job 6:15 ESV / 13 helpful votes

My brothers are treacherous as a torrent-bed, as torrential streams that pass away,

Romans 12:10-11 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.

Psalm 88:18 ESV / 12 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 4:1-6 ESV / 11 helpful votes

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism,

Luke 9:25 ESV / 11 helpful votes

For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?

Revelation 3:20 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

2 Peter 3:9 ESV / 10 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.

Romans 5:6 ESV / 10 helpful votes

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

John 11:1-46 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent to him, saying, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” But when Jesus heard it he said, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.

Luke 10:38-42 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

1 Samuel 18:1-4 ESV / 10 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.

Deuteronomy 10:17 ESV / 9 helpful votes

For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe.

John 21:7 ESV / 8 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.

Psalm 141:4 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Do not let my heart incline to any evil, to busy myself with wicked deeds in company with men who work iniquity, and let me not eat of their delicacies!

1 Samuel 23:16-18 ESV / 7 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 16:1 ESV / 7 helpful votes

The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go. I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.”

Acts 2:42 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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

Micah 7:5 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Put no trust in a neighbor; have no confidence in a friend; guard the doors of your mouth from her who lies in your arms;

Psalm 55:13 ESV / 6 helpful votes

But it is you, a man, my equal, my companion, my familiar friend.

2 Samuel 15:19-21 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Then the king said to Ittai the Gittite, “Why do you also go with us? Go back and stay with the king, for you are a foreigner and also an exile from your home. You came only yesterday, and shall I today make you wander about with us, since I go I know not where? Go back and take your brothers with you, and may the Lord show steadfast love and faithfulness to you.” But Ittai answered the king, “As the Lord lives, and as my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king shall be, whether for death or for life, there also will your servant be.”

2 Samuel 10:2 ESV / 6 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.

2 Samuel 1:17-27 ESV / 6 helpful votes

And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and Jonathan his son, and he said it should be taught to the people of Judah; behold, it is written in the Book of Jashar. He said: “Your glory, O Israel, is slain on your high places! How the mighty have fallen! Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Ashkelon, lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised exult. “You mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew or rain upon you, nor fields of offerings! For there the shield of the mighty was defiled, the shield of Saul, not anointed with oil.

1 Samuel 18:1 ESV / 6 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.

1 Samuel 15:35 ESV / 6 helpful votes

And Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death, but Samuel grieved over Saul. And the Lord regretted that he had made Saul king over Israel.

1 John 2:14 ESV / 5 helpful votes

I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.

Romans 16:4 ESV / 5 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.

John 7:37 ESV / 5 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.

Mark 9:37 ESV / 5 helpful votes

“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”

Genesis 14:14-16 ESV / 5 helpful votes

When Abram heard that his kinsman had been taken captive, he led forth his trained men, born in his house, 318 of them, and went in pursuit as far as Dan. And he divided his forces against them by night, he and his servants, and defeated them and pursued them to Hobah, north of Damascus. Then he brought back all the possessions, and also brought back his kinsman Lot with his possessions, and the women and the people.

Philippians 2:19 ESV / 4 helpful votes

I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you.

2 Samuel 17:1-22 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Moreover, Ahithophel said to Absalom, “Let me choose twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue David tonight. I will come upon him while he is weary and discouraged and throw him into a panic, and all the people who are with him will flee. I will strike down only the king, and I will bring all the people back to you as a bride comes home to her husband. You seek the life of only one man, and all the people will be at peace.” And the advice seemed right in the eyes of Absalom and all the elders of Israel. Then Absalom said, “Call Hushai the Archite also, and let us hear what he has to say.”

2 Samuel 15:32-37 ESV / 4 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.”

Exodus 33:11 ESV / 4 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 Samuel 18:20 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Now Saul's daughter Michal loved David. And they told Saul, and the thing pleased him.

2 Kings 8:29 ESV / 2 helpful votes

And King Joram returned to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds that the Syrians had given him at Ramah, when he fought against Hazael king of Syria. And Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah went down to see Joram the son of Ahab in Jezreel, because he was sick.

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