Bible Verses About Friendship

What does the Bible say about friendship? Read the best Bible verses on friendship that have been researched and retrieved from more than twenty popular translations of God's word! These specially selected quotes will broaden and deepen your understanding of the meaning of this important Biblical subject.

Well-known Friendships

Job 2:11, KJV

Now when Job's three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite:

Genesis 14:12, 14, KJV

And they [a confederation of kings led by Chedorlaomer] took Lot, Abram's [Abraham's] brother's son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed . . . And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan.

Ruth 1:16, KJV

And Ruth said [to Naomi], Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God . . .

Daniel 2:49, KJV

Then Daniel requested of the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon: but Daniel sat in the gate of the king.

Romans 16:3 - 4, KJV

Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus: Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.

Luke 1:3, KJV

It seemed good to me [Luke] also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus . . .

Friends of God

Exodus 33:11, NKJV

So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the tabernacle.

Isaiah 41:8, TEV

But you, Israel my [God's] servant, you are the people that I have chosen, the descendants of Abraham, my friend.

James 2:23, ASV

And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, and Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned unto him for righteousness; and he was called the friend of God.

Friends of Jesus

John 15:13 - 15, ESV

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.

John 11:11, CEV

Then he [Jesus] told them [his disciples], "Our friend Lazarus is asleep, and I am going there to wake him up."

Matthew 11:19, TEV

When the Son of Man [Jesus speaking of himself] came, he ate and drank, and everyone said, 'Look at this man! He is a glutton and wine drinker, a friend of tax collectors and other outcasts!'

Matthew 27:55 - 58, HCSB

Many women who had followed Jesus from Galilee and ministered to Him were there [at his crucifixion], looking on from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.

When it was evening, a rich man from Arimathea named Joseph came, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus. He approached Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. Then Pilate ordered that it be released.

Wise Sayings About Friendships

Proverbs 16:28, GW

A devious person spreads quarrels. A gossip separates the closest of friends.

Proverbs 17:9, ESV

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

Proverbs 19:4, NLT

Wealth makes many "friends"; poverty drives them all away.

Proverbs 27:10, NKJV

Do not forsake your own friend or your father's friend . . .

Proverbs 22:24 - 25, ESV

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.

Friendships to Avoid

Deuteronomy 13:6, 8, HCSB

If your brother, the son of your mother, or your son or daughter, or the wife you embrace, or your closest friend secretly entices you, saying, 'Let us go and worship other gods' - which neither you nor your fathers have known . . . you must not yield to him or listen to him. Show him no pity . . .

James 4:4, HBFV

You adulterers and adulteresses, don't you know that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Therefore, whoever desires to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

Friendship Benefits

Proverbs 17:17, HBFV

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

Proverbs 18:24, NKJV

A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Proverbs 27:6, NASB

Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.

Ecclesiastes 4:9 - 12, HBFV

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he does not have another to help him.

Again, if two lie together, then they have warmth; but how can one be warm alone? And a man may prevail against him who is alone, yet two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Proverbs 27:9, NLT

The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.

Proverbs 27:17, NKJV

As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

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Bible Verses About / For . . .
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Encouragement   -   Faith   -   Family   -   Fear
Forgiveness   -   Friendship   -   Funerals
Healing   -   Hope   -   Joy
Life After Death   -   Love   -   Marriage
Music   -   Peace   -   Perseverance
Prayer   -   Weddings

ASV - American Standard Version
CEV - Contemporary English Version
ESV - English Standard Version
GW - God's Word
HBFV - Holy Bible Faithful Version
HCSB - Holman Christian Standard
NASB - New American Standard Bible
NKJV - New King James Version
NLT - New Living Translation, 2nd Ed.
TEV - Today's English Version