Bible Verses About Friendship: 20 Good Scripture Quotes

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What does the Bible say about Friendship? How are we to choose our friends? How should friends treat one another? All of these are good questions and the Bible has some good Scriptures to study to answer them. I am sure you came to this article looking for some great Bible Verses so I will leave you to them and let them do the speaking on the important subject of friendship.

Check out Alan Jackson singing the classic Christian song ” What a friend we have in Jesus” to the right (You can hit play and listen to it while you read through the verses)

Jesus on Friendship

John 15:12-15 “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. 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.

Greatest Friend is God

James 4:8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

How To Pick Your Friends

Proverbs 12:26 One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.

Proverbs 13:20 Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.

Proverbs 14:6-7 A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain, but knowledge is easy for a man of understanding. Leave the presence of a fool, for there you do not meet words of knowledge.

Proverbs 22:24-25 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.

1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”

How To Treat Your Friends

Luke 6:31 And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

Romans 12:10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Out do one another in showing honor.

Ephesians 4:29-32 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Colossians 3:12-14 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

Bible Verses About FriendshipImportance of Friendships

Proverbs 11:14 Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.

Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

Proverbs 19:20 Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.

Proverbs 24:5 A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might,

Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

Bible Examples of Friendship

  • Ruth and Naomi

Ruth 1:16-17 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. 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.”

  • David and Jonathan

1 Samuel 18:1-3 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.

  • Job’s Friends

Job 2:11 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.

  • Elijah and Elisha

2 Kings 2:2 And Elijah said to Elisha, “Please stay here, for the LORD has sent me as far as Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel.

C.S. Lewis Friendship Quotes

“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”

“Is any pleasure on earth as great as a circle of Christian friends by a good fire?”

“The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.”

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Ally January 7, 2015 at 5:29 pm

Hi! I attend a very secular public school and while I realize that finding good Christian friends is imperative to my faith, I can’t seem to find anybody who could help encourage me in my walk with God. All of my non-Christian friends cuss a lot and I’m worried that if I hang out with them too much I’ll start acting like them. I don’t want to just dump them and ignore their friendship, but I also don’t want to be negatively influenced by their actions. They all know I’m a Christian as I’ve said it many times, and I feel that if I were to just ‘drop’ the friendship, then that might put Christians in a negative light.
“Oh, I knew a Christian once, but she told me we couldn’t be friends anymore because I wasn’t like her.”
Any advice on what to do without causing a serious rift in our relationship and possibly destroying an opportunity to witness to non-believers?


Jack Wellman January 8, 2015 at 10:02 am

Thank you Ally. Being a Christian costs much and Jesus once said that if you do not hate your mother, father, brother or sister (compared to loving Christ) then you cannot be my disciple. You become who you usually hang out with so perhaps you can find someone near your age at your church. Talk to your pastor and ask him about this. Also, that Christian friend who didn’t want to be friends with you because she wasn’t like you, you should be thankful for that…for someone who thinks like that would not make a good friend anyway. Keep praying and make yourself friendly to others. Perhaps offer to start a Christian after school program.


lance February 21, 2015 at 7:47 pm

Wow …. shame on all … your bickering is not right, he’s right … she’s right. .. that one’s wrong this one’s wrong agree and disagree. .. PRAY AND PRAY AND PRAY SOME MORE AND, IS IT NOT OF ONE FLESH BUT OF TWO NOW…. who should give the advice and with conviction? Who should she be asking advice from ? Both flesh are one period so in one , the one flesh makes the desissions . Not tit for tat… Jess from now on pray my dear pray without ceasing! ! In everything you do . God will tell both of you when It’s right don’t forget this word here I’m saying BOTH . Next time this tit for tat who’s right who’s wrong comes up leave the situation my dear because it is then of human nature not godly and holy sweetheart. Leave immediately! Cling to god , not thus bickering. Everyone else shame . Scripture gods words . Poor thing could of made a wrong choice because of this kind of actions.


Rev. Margaret Chandler November 9, 2015 at 7:19 pm

I woud love to have some scripturs of God’s love for us and friendship scriptures.


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Bible Believer February 29, 2016 at 10:22 pm

Thanks for Sharing! Sometimes it’s hard to deal with friends who are not Christians, but I don’t blame them. Besides they respect my beliefs. It’s just hard to deal with them sometimes and absorb all of the negative energy when I’m hanging out with them. Any advise?


Jack Wellman March 1, 2016 at 10:06 am

Jesus said you will be hated for His sake. Are these Christian friends or worldly friends? Unsaved friends will not like your faith and that shouldn’t surprise us. Can you not find Christian friends in the church?


Amanda March 1, 2016 at 9:16 pm

I see your sincere concern for trying to follow God and do what’s right in growing in your faith. It is hard to go to a public school and follow God and be Christian. You truly are as God says a lamp on a stand, a light unto the world, the salt to the earth. That being said sometimes there are places and things and people you should seperate from. It is true you will become like who you are most hanging out with and as a light to the world on a lamp stand in a public school it may be lonely, but separation from some friendships and relationships are important. I pray Lord that you provide Ally with friends who follow and love you in Jesus’ name. If you would like to talk about this please call me: 732-977-6902


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