To him that is afflicted pity should be shewed from his friend; but he forsaketh the fear of the Almighty (Job 6:14).
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! (Ps 133:1).
The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them (Pr 12:26).
He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed (Pr 13:20).
A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends (Pr 16:28).
He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends (Pr 17:9).
A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity (Pr 17:17).
A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother (Pr 18:24).
He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend (Pr 22:11).
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful (Pr 27:6).
Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel (Pr 27:9).
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 (Ecc 4:9-10).
And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise (Lk 6:31).
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends (Jn 15:13).
Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another (Rom 12:10).
1 Corinthians 15:33
Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners (1 Co 15:33).
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 (James 4:4).
1 John 4:7
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God (1 Jn 4:7).
1 John 4:21
And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also (1 Jn 4:21).
He that speaketh flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children shall fail (Job 17:5).
And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before (Job 42:10).
Examples of Friendship in the Bible
Friendship of God with His People
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 (James 2:23).
And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle (Exodus 33:11).
Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My father, thou art the guide of my youth? (Jeremiah 3:4).
Friendship of Christ with the People
And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends (Zechariah 13:6).
These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep (John 11:11).
With his Disciples
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 (John 15:14-15).
Friendship between Bible Characters
Ruth and Naomi
And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law. 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. When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her (Ruth 1:15-18).
David and Jonathan
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 (1 Samuel 18:1-4).
Paul and Timothy
Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy (2 Timothy 1:4).