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Friendship is a treasure that enriches our lives in countless ways. It offers comfort in times of sorrow, joy in moments of happiness, and guidance during periods of uncertainty. The Bible offers profound insights into the nature and importance of friendship. Through its pages, we find these 160 Bible verses about friendship dedicated to understanding, nurturing, and celebrating the bonds of friendship. Let’s journey together through these verses, uncovering the eternal truths about friendship’s heart.

 

The Value of Friendship

  • Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 – “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.”
  • Job 6:14 – “Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.”
  • 1 Samuel 20:17 – “And Jonathan had David reaffirm his oath out of love for him, because he loved him as he loved his own soul.”
  • John 15:13 – “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
  • Proverbs 27:17 – “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”
  • Ephesians 4:2-3 – “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
  • Ecclesiastes 4:12 – “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
  • 1 Samuel 18:1-3 – “After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself… And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself.”
  • Proverbs 22:24-25 – “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.”
  • Job 2:11 – “When Job’s three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite, heard about all the troubles that had come upon him, they set out from their homes and met together by agreement to go and sympathize with him and comfort him.”

Characteristics of a Good Friend

  • Proverbs 11:13 – “A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.”
  • Titus 3:10 – “Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them.”
  • Proverbs 20:19 – “A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much.”
  • Proverbs 24:26 – “An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.”
  • Luke 6:31 – “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
  • Proverbs 2:20 – “Thus you will walk in the ways of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous.”
  • Proverbs 3:32 – “For the Lord detests the perverse but takes the upright into his confidence.”
  • Colossians 3:12-13 – “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
  • Proverbs 28:7 – “A discerning son heeds instruction, but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.”
  • Proverbs 20:7 – “The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them.”

Friendship and Counsel

  • Proverbs 19:22 – “What a person desires is unfailing love; better to be poor than a liar.”
  • Proverbs 15:22 – “Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.”
  • Psalm 55:14 – “We used to take sweet counsel together; within God’s house we walked in the throng.”
  • Proverbs 12:15 – “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.”
  • Proverbs 19:20 – “Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.”
  • Proverbs 13:20 – “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.”
  • Proverbs 20:18 – “Plans are established by counsel; by wise guidance wage war.”
  • 2 Corinthians 7:13 – “By all this we are encouraged. In addition to our own encouragement, we were especially delighted to see how happy Titus was, because his spirit has been refreshed by all of you.”
  • Amos 3:3 – “Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?”
  • Job 29:4-6 – “As I was in my prime, when the friendship of God was upon my tent, when the Almighty was yet with me, when my children were all around me, when my steps were washed with butter, and the rock poured out for me streams of oil!”

Loyalty and Trustworthiness

  • Proverbs 3:29 – “Do not plan harm against your neighbor, who lives trustfully near you.”
  • Proverbs 25:13 – “Like the coolness of snow at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the spirit of his masters.”
  • Proverbs 17:9 – “Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.”
  • Proverbs 26:19 – “Is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, ‘I am only joking!'”
  • Ecclesiastes 9:18 – “Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.”
  • Proverbs 14:22 – “Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.”
  • Proverbs 18:24 – “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”
  • Luke 16:10 – “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”
  • 1 Corinthians 4:2 – “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.”
  • Proverbs 13:17 – “A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a trustworthy envoy brings healing.”

Mutual Encouragement in Friendship

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:11 – “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
  • Hebrews 10:24-25 – “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
  • Romans 1:12 – “That is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.”
  • Ephesians 4:32 – “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
  • 1 Samuel 23:16 – “And Saul’s son Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God.”
  • Acts 20:35 – “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
  • Galatians 6:2 – “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
  • 1 Peter 4:8-10 – “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
  • Romans 12:15 – “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.”
  • Philemon 1:7 – “Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.”

Reconciliation and Forgiveness in Friendships

  • Matthew 18:15 – “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.”
  • Colossians 3:13 – “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
  • Ephesians 4:26-27 – “In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.”
  • Luke 17:3-4 – “So watch yourselves. If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.”
  • 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 – “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”
  • Proverbs 10:12 – “Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.”
  • Matthew 5:23-24 – “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.”
  • 1 John 1:9 – “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
  • Ephesians 4:31-32 – “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
  • Micah 7:18-19 – “Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.”

The Challenges of Friendship

  • Proverbs 27:5 – “Better is open rebuke than hidden love.”
  • Proverbs 25:17 – “Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor’s house, lest he have his fill of you and hate you.”
  • Proverbs 20:19 – “A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much.”
  • Proverbs 24:1-2 – “Do not envy the wicked, do not desire their company; for their hearts plot violence, and their lips talk about making trouble.”
  • Ephesians 4:27 – “and do not give the devil a foothold.”
  • Proverbs 22:24-25 – “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.”
  • Matthew 26:50 – “Jesus replied, ‘Friend, do what you came for.’ Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him.”
  • 2 Timothy 4:16 – “At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them.”
  • Psalm 41:9 – “Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned against me.”
  • Proverbs 18:19 – “A brother wronged is more unyielding than a fortified city; disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.”

Wise Association and Companionship

  • Psalm 119:63 – “I am a companion of all who fear you, of those who keep your precepts.”
  • Proverbs 16:20 – “Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.”
  • Proverbs 15:31 – “Whoever heeds life-giving correction will be at home among the wise.”
  • 2 Corinthians 6:14 – “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?”
  • Psalm 133:1 – “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!”
  • Proverbs 28:7 – “A discerning son heeds instruction, but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.”
  • Proverbs 14:7 – “Stay away from a fool, for you will not find knowledge on their lips.”
  • Malachi 3:16 – “Then those who feared the LORD talked with each other, and the LORD listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the LORD and honored his name.”
  • Acts 2:42 – “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”
  • Ecclesiastes 7:1 – “A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth.”

Faithfulness in Friendship

  • Proverbs 20:6 – “Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find?”
  • Proverbs 17:17 – “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”
  • Ruth 1:16-17 – “But Ruth replied, ‘Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.'”
  • 2 Samuel 1:26 – “I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother; you were very dear to me. Your love for me was wonderful, more wonderful than that of women.”
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:14-15 – “Take special note of anyone who does not obey our instruction in this letter. Do not associate with them, in order that they may feel ashamed. Yet do not regard them as an enemy, but warn them as you would a fellow believer.”
  • Philippians 2:3-4 – “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
  • Luke 5:20 – “When Jesus saw their faith, he said, ‘Friend, your sins are forgiven.'”
  • John 11:5 – “Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.”
  • John 15:15 – “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”
  • 3 John 1:15 – “Peace to you. The friends here send their greetings. Greet the friends there by name.”

The Influence of Friendship

  • 1 Corinthians 5:11 – “But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.”
  • Psalm 101:6 – “My eyes will be on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me; the one whose walk is blameless will minister to me.”
  • 1 Corinthians 15:33 – “Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.’”
  • Proverbs 22:24-25 – “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.”
  • Galatians 6:1 – “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.”
  • 2 Timothy 2:22 – “Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”
  • Proverbs 27:19 – “As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.”
  • Proverbs 4:14-15 – “Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way.”
  • Proverbs 11:14 – “For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.”
  • Proverbs 12:26 – “The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.”

Support and Comfort in Friendship

  • Romans 16:17-18 – “I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them.”
  • Proverbs 14:20 – “The poor is disliked even by his neighbor, but the rich has many friends.”
  • Luke 10:33-34 – “But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him.”
  • 1 Samuel 20:42 – “Jonathan said to David, ‘Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the Lord, saying, ‘The Lord is witness between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants forever.’’ Then David left, and Jonathan went back to the town.”
  • 2 Timothy 1:16-17 – “May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains. On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he searched hard for me until he found me.”
  • Acts 4:32 – “All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.”
  • Romans 12:10 – “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”
  • 1 Thessalonians 3:2 – “We sent Timothy, who is our brother and co-worker in God’s service in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith.”
  • 2 Corinthians 7:6-7 – “But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus, and not only by his coming but also by the comfort you had given him. He told us about your longing for me, your deep sorrow, your ardent concern for me, so that my joy was greater than ever.”
  • Philippians 2:25 – “But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, co-worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs.”

Spiritual Growth through Friendship

  • Ephesians 5:11 – “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.”
  • Philippians 1:3-5 – “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.”
  • Colossians 3:16 – “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”
  • Hebrews 3:13 – “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today,’ so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”
  • Numbers 14:18 – “‘The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.'”
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:14 – “And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.”
  • Ephesians 4:15-16 – “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”
  • 1 Peter 4:10 – “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
  • Daniel 9:9 – “The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him;”
  • Matthew 18:21-22 – “Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.'”

Praying for Friends

  • Job 42:10 – “After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.”
  • James 5:16 – “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
  • Ephesians 6:18 – “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
  • 1 Timothy 2:1 – “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—”
  • Philippians 1:9-10 – “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,”
  • Colossians 1:9-10 – “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,”
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:1-3 – “Finally, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith. But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.”
  • 3 John 1:2 – “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.”
  • Luke 22:32 – “But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”
  • Romans 1:9-10 – “God, whom I serve in my spirit in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you in my prayers at all times;”

Joy and Happiness in Friendship

  • Proverbs 15:30 – “Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.”
  • Acts 2:42-47 – “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
  • 3 John 1:4 – “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”
  • Proverbs 27:9 – “Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.”
  • Acts 15:3 – “So, being sent on their way by the church, they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and brought great joy to all the brothers and sisters.”
  • 2 Timothy 1:4 – “Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy.”
  • Philippians 2:1-2 – “Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.”
  • Galatians 6:10 – “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
  • 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 – “For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you? Indeed, you are our glory and joy.”
  • Philippians 4:1 – “Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!”

Guidance and Wisdom Through Friendship

  • Proverbs 13:14 – “The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death.”
  • Colossians 3:12-14 – “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
  • Proverbs 29:3 – “A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.”
  • Proverbs 11:30 – “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the one who is wise saves lives.”
  • 1 Peter 1:8-9 – “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”
  • Romans 15:32 – “so that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and together with you be refreshed.”
  • Proverbs 24:6 – “Surely you need guidance to wage war, and victory is won through many advisers.”
  • Acts 2:46-47 – “Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
  • Ecclesiastes 4:13 – “Better a poor but wise youth than an old but foolish king who no longer knows how to heed a warning.”
  • Psalm 16:11 – “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

The Blessings of Friendship

  • John 15:12-13 – “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
  • Ecclesiastes 4:10 – “If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.”
  • Proverbs 27:10 – “Do not forsake your friend or a friend of your family, and do not go to your relative’s house when disaster strikes you—better a neighbor nearby than a relative far away.”
  • John 15:13-15 – “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”
  • Proverbs 22:11 – “One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend.”
  • Proverbs 27:6 – “Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.”
  • Philippians 2:2 – “Then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.”
  • Proverbs 24:1-2 – “Do not envy the wicked, do not desire their company; for their hearts plot violence, and their lips talk about making trouble.”
  • Proverbs 16:28 – “A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.”
  • James 5:15-16 – “And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

Conclusion

May the insights from these 160 Bible verses about friendship inspire us to cherish our friendships deeply, cultivate them with kindness and understanding, and always strive to be the friend that mirrors the love and compassion taught in the Bible. Let us carry these lessons into our daily lives, enriching our bonds and drawing closer to the essence of true friendship!