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89 Bible Verses About Choosing Friends

Here are 89 Bible verses about choosing friends from the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible (King James Version), sorted from most to least relevant.

1 Corinthians 15:33 KJV

Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

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Proverbs 13:20 KJV

He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

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Proverbs 27:17 KJV

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

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Proverbs 17:17 KJV

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

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Proverbs 18:24 KJV

A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

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Proverbs 12:26 KJV

The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.

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Proverbs 22:24-25 KJV

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.

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John 15:13 KJV

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

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Proverbs 27:6 KJV

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

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Proverbs 27:5-6 KJV

Open rebuke is better than secret love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

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Proverbs 27:9 KJV

Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel.

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Proverbs 16:28 KJV

A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

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Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 KJV

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.

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Proverbs 17:9 KJV

He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.

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James 4:4 KJV

Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

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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.

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Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 KJV

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

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Proverbs 19:20 KJV

Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.

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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.

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Proverbs 11:14 KJV

Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

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2 Kings 2:2 KJV

And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Beth-el. And Elisha said unto him, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Beth-el.

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Proverbs 24:5 KJV

A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.

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Colossians 3:12-14 KJV

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

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Luke 6:31 KJV

And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

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John 15:12-15 KJV

This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. 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.

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2 Corinthians 6:14 KJV

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

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Proverbs 14:6-7 KJV

A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth. Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.

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1 Thessalonians 5:11 KJV

Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

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1 Corinthians 6:9-11 KJV

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

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Revelation 14:12 KJV

Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

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1 Samuel 18:1-3 KJV

And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house. Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.

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Proverbs 16:29 KJV

A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good.

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Proverbs 27:10 KJV

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.

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Proverbs 1:10 KJV

My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.

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Proverbs 27:5 KJV

Open rebuke is better than secret love.

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James 4:8 KJV

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

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Ruth 1:16-17 KJV

And Ruth said, 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: 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.

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1 Chronicles 16:11 KJV

Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.

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1 Corinthians 15:33-34 KJV

Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.

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Proverbs 22:24 KJV

Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go:

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Psalms 26:4-5 KJV

I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers.

I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.

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Proverbs 19:4 KJV

Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.

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Proverbs 15:22 KJV

Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.

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Proverbs 24:6 KJV

For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.

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Proverbs 19:6-7 KJV

Many will intreat the favour of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts. All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him.

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Psalms 1:1 KJV

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

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Proverbs 22:11 KJV

He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.

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Galatians 6:2 KJV

Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

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1 John 4:8 KJV

He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

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John 14:6 KJV

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

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Romans 12:10 KJV

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

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1 Corinthians 5:11 KJV

But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

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Luke 1:37 KJV

For with God nothing shall be impossible.

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Proverbs 12:27 KJV

The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.

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Proverbs 20:19 KJV

He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.

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Matthew 5:22 KJV

But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

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1 John 3:1 KJV

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

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Proverbs 20:6 KJV

Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?

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Romans 15:32 KJV

That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed.

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John 17:17 KJV

Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

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Hebrews 10:24-25 KJV

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.

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Psalms 119:63 KJV

I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts.

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Revelation 12:9 KJV

And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

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Psalms 133:1 KJV

A Song of degrees of David.

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

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1 Timothy 3:4 KJV

One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;

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Job 2:11-13 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. And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven. So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.

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Mark 12:31 KJV

And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

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Proverbs 4:14-15 KJV

Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.

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Proverbs 13:2 KJV

A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.

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Romans 12:15 KJV

Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

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1 John 1:9 KJV

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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Proverbs 12:15 KJV

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.

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Proverbs 12:5 KJV

The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.

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1 Corinthians 15:34 KJV

Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.

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Ephesians 2:1-3 KJV

And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

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John 15:13-15 KJV

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. 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.

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Proverbs 12:25 KJV

Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.

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Romans 12:10-11 KJV

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

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Proverbs 3:5 KJV

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

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1 Samuel 18:1-4 KJV

And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house. Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.

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Proverbs 12:13 KJV

The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.

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Jeremiah 29:11 KJV

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

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Matthew 18:20 KJV

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

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Romans 12:2 KJV

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

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John 3:16-17 KJV

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

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Proverbs 22:6 KJV

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

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Philippians 4:8 KJV

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

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Hebrews 13:5 KJV

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

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Ecclesiastes 4:9 KJV

Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.

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