26 Bible Verses About Good Friends (ESV)

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  1. Proverbs 13:20 - "Whoever walks with the wise becomes..."
  2. Luke 6:31 - "And as you wish that others..."
  3. Proverbs 17:17 - "A friend loves at all times,..."
  4. Philippians 2:3 - "Do nothing from rivalry or conceit,..."
  5. Colossians 3:13 - "bearing with one another and, if..."
  6. Proverbs 16:28 - "A dishonest man spreads strife, and..."
  7. Galatians 6:2 - "Bear one another's burdens, and so..."
  8. Proverbs 18:24 - "A man of many companions may..."
  9. 1 Samuel 18:4 - "And Jonathan stripped himself of the..."
  10. James 4:11 - "Do not speak evil against one..."
  11. Psalm 37:3 - "Trust in the LORD, and do..."
  12. 1 Corinthians 15:33 - "Do not be deceived: "Bad company..."
  13. Proverbs 18:24 - "A man of many companions may..."
  14. 2 Kings 2:2 - "And Elijah said to Elisha, "Please..."
  15. Job 2:11 - "Now when Job's three friends heard..."
  16. Proverbs 19:20 - "Listen to advice and accept instruction,..."
  17. Proverbs 24:5 - "A wise man is full of..."
  18. Proverbs 22:24-25 - "Make no friendship with a man..."
  19. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 - "Two are better than one, because..."
  20. Proverbs 27:5-6 - "Better is open rebuke than hidden..."
  21. Colossians 3:12-14 - "Put on then, as God's chosen..."
  22. John 15:12-15 - ""This is my commandment, that you..."
  23. Proverbs 27:17 - "Iron sharpens iron, and one man..."
  24. Proverbs 17:17 - "A friend loves at all times,..."
  25. Proverbs 12:26 - "One who is righteous is a..."
  26. Job 16:20-21 - "My friends scorn me; my eye..."

1. Proverbs 13:20

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

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2. Luke 6:31

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

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3. Proverbs 17:17

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

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4. Philippians 2:3

3 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

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5. Colossians 3:13

13 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.

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6. Proverbs 16:28

28 A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.

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7. Galatians 6:2

2 Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

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8. Proverbs 18:24

24 A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

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9. 1 Samuel 18:4

4 And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David, and his armor, and even his sword and his bow and his belt.

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10. James 4:11

11 Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.

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11. Psalm 37:3

3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.

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12. 1 Corinthians 15:33

33 Do not be deceived: "Bad company ruins good morals."

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13. Proverbs 18:24

24 A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

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14. 2 Kings 2:2

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.

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15. Job 2:11

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.

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16. Proverbs 19:20

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

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17. Proverbs 24:5

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

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18. Proverbs 22:24-25

24 Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, 25 lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare.

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19. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! 11 Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? 12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him--a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

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20. Proverbs 27:5-6

5 Better is open rebuke than hidden love. 6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.

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21. Colossians 3:12-14

12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 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. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

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22. John 15:12-15

12 "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 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.

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23. Proverbs 27:17

17 Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

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24. Proverbs 17:17

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

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25. Proverbs 12:26

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

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26. Job 16:20-21

20 My friends scorn me; my eye pours out tears to God, 21 that he would argue the case of a man with God, as a son of man does with his neighbor.

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Table of Contents

  1. Psalm 37:3
  2. 1 Samuel 18:4
  3. 2 Kings 2:2
  4. Job 2:11
  5. Job 16:20-21
  6. Proverbs 12:26
  7. Proverbs 13:20
  8. Proverbs 16:28
  9. Proverbs 17:17
  10. Proverbs 17:17
  11. Proverbs 18:24
  12. Proverbs 18:24
  13. Proverbs 19:20
  14. Proverbs 22:24-25
  15. Proverbs 24:5
  16. Proverbs 27:5-6
  17. Proverbs 27:17
  18. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
  19. Luke 6:31
  20. John 15:12-15
  21. 1 Corinthians 15:33
  22. Galatians 6:2
  23. Philippians 2:3
  24. Colossians 3:13
  25. Colossians 3:12-14
  26. James 4:11

Psalm 37:3

3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.

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1 Samuel 18:4

4 And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David, and his armor, and even his sword and his bow and his belt.

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2 Kings 2:2

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.

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Job 2:11

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.

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Job 16:20-21

20 My friends scorn me; my eye pours out tears to God, 21 that he would argue the case of a man with God, as a son of man does with his neighbor.

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Proverbs 12:26

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

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Proverbs 13:20

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

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Proverbs 16:28

28 A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.

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Proverbs 17:17

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

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Proverbs 17:17

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

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Proverbs 18:24

24 A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

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Proverbs 18:24

24 A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

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Proverbs 19:20

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

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Proverbs 22:24-25

24 Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, 25 lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare.

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Proverbs 24:5

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

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Proverbs 27:5-6

5 Better is open rebuke than hidden love. 6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.

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Proverbs 27:17

17 Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

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Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! 11 Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? 12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him--a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

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Luke 6:31

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

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John 15:12-15

12 "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 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.

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1 Corinthians 15:33

33 Do not be deceived: "Bad company ruins good morals."

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Galatians 6:2

2 Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

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Philippians 2:3

3 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

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Colossians 3:13

13 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.

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Colossians 3:12-14

12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 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. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

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James 4:11

11 Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.

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