Want to know what does the bible say about friendship? Here are 61 scriptures on friendship from the old and new testament of the holy bible, King James Version (KJV).
Friendship Bible Verses from the Old Testament
A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go: Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.
Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.
A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.
6. 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: for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him.
Open rebuke is better than secret love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was upon my tabernacle; When the Almighty was yet with me, when my children were about me; When I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil;
Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel.
A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.
Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.
13. 2 Kings 2:2 KJV
And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the Lord hath sent me to Bethel. And Elisha said unto him, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Bethel.
He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.
Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.
16. Job 16:20-21 KJV
My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto God. O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbour!
And it came to
Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?
He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.
Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
Thine own friend, and thy father’s friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother’s house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.
22. Psalm 41:9 KJV
Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.
23. Ruth 1:17 KJV
Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.
24. Amos 3:3 KJV
Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
25. Job 16:20 KJV
My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto God.
26. Job 6:15 KJV
My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook, and as the stream of brooks they pass away;
He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.
28. Micah 7:5 KJV
Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.
I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.
A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.
Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.
Then said David, I will shew kindness unto Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father shewed kindness unto me. And David sent to comfort him by the hand of his servants for his father. And David’s servants came into the land of the children of Ammon.
And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour’s house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.
A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him: But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance. We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.
37. Job 6:14 KJV
To him that is afflicted pity should be shewed from his friend; but he forsaketh the fear of the Almighty.
As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.
39. Psalms 133:1 KJV
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
Friendship Bible Verses from the New Testament
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man
Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.
Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,
Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Use hospitality one to another without grudging. As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
11. 1 John 4:7 KJV
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God
12. James 2:23 KJV
And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
13. Romans 12:15 KJV
Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
14. 1 John 4:21 KJV
And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.
15. Luke 6:31 KJV
And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
17. James 4:4 KJV
Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever
Let nothing be done through strife or
And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
21. John 15:15 KJV
Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
22. Romans 5:10 KJV
For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.