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Bible Verses About Friendship: What Does God Say About Friends

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Friendship is God's gift to us. Without friends, life is a boring and lonely road to walk. But not all friendships are worth our time; some are worth dying to keep and others only lead to disappointment, regret, and sorrow.

But how do you identify which friendships to keep and which to let go of?

For some, this might feel daunting, and for others, unnecessary, especially if you consider yourself to be friendly and don't want to hurt anyone's feelings. But at some point, you will have to be honest with yourself, look at your friendships, and decide whether to pursue them or let them go.

You will save yourself from many sorrows if you make this decision quickly, but how do you know for sure which relationships are worth keeping and which to turn your back on?

Thankfully, the Bible offers life-changing insight on the topic, no matter what has gone on before with your friends. These encouraging quotes will point you in the right direction.

Good Friends: Biblical Definition

Who is a good friend in the bible? In God's eyes, a good friend is someone who is selfless and always seeks your best interest. Here is a good example, One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother—Proverbs 18:24.

Toxic friends: biblical definition

A toxic friend is a self-centered, selfish, ungrateful person with whom you have a bond of mutual affection. Such a person would stab you in the back at any given opportunity they get. Here's a good example "And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's counselor, from his city, even from Giloh, while he offered sacrifices. And the conspiracy was strong; for the people increased continually with Absalom—2 Samuel 15:12.

"For it is not an enemy who taunts me—then I could bear it; it is not an adversary who deals insolently with me—then I could hide from him. But it is you, a man, my equal, my companion, my familiar friend. We used to take sweet counsel together; within God's house we walked in the throng."-Psalm 55:12-14 (ESV)

 These Fifteen Verses Will Reveal the Qualities of a True Friend

These Fifteen Verses Will Reveal the Qualities of a True Friend

Bible Verses About Friendship

Who doesn't want to build good relationships? We all do, but knowing where to begin can be a bit tricky, here are fifteen Bible verses that highlights a true friendship and fifteen qualities of a good friend.

1. Proverbs 17:17 "My word is this: A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity."

  • A true friend is someone who will love you at all times.

Love is a language of the heart, it excites, encourages, and makes friendships meaningful and fun. Yet loving friendships are rare gems. These priceless treasures are the desire of many but the reality of few. Friendships without love are like ships without sails and tunnels without light at the end.

Love is the glue that holds strong friendships together, even in hard and uncertain times, but not all friends are loving. Some friends only stick around when things are going well for you. They will say the right words at the right time and they will exhibit the qualities of a loving friend, but as soon as you come upon hard times and you can't meet their demands and expectations, their love becomes a distant memory.

This Bible passage implies that love is a trait of a good friend, and a good friend will love you at all times and in any situation—good or bad. Good friends don't look for opportunities to excuse themselves from expressing their love to you, but rather look for opportunities to further express their love to you.

Take a good look at your friends and analyze their actions. If you think one of your friends might be toxic, you can attempt to test their love and loyalty over a period of time by doing the following:

  • Stop buying them groceries.
  • Stop buying them gifts.
  • Stop hanging out with them.
  • Stop lending them money.
  • Stop liking and commenting on their social media pages.
  • Stop giving them rides to work, school, the movies, etc.
  • Stop answering their calls.
  • Stop replying to their messages.

Love will pass the test of time and many trials, so if they are truly loving and loyal friends, they will not be offended for too long. Instead, they will look for opportunities to express their love and keep the friendship going.

Note: This is a risky strategy and should only be used on friends who have demonstrated toxic tendencies.

2. Proverbs 22:24-25 "My advice is this: Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared."

  • A good friend is someone who exercises self-control.

Friends who are compulsively quick-temper are never far from confusion. Quick-temper friends always seem to attract trouble. To enjoy a light moment with quick–temper friends is almost impossible—it’s like swimming among sharks—you are always on the edge—afraid of what might happen next.

The same is true for friends who get angry quickly and easily. This passage of scripture warns us to keep away from such friends. But if you believe there’s hope for your short-tempered friends- encourage and pray for them. You can even solicit professional help with your friends’ consent.

Friends who are willing to change their toxic ways are worth fighting for, but beware of those friends who have no intention of changing their toxic ways—if you aren’t careful, they may pollute you with their toxic behaviors

3. Proverbs 12:26 "The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray."

  • A good friend is someone who is watchful.

Friendship is God’s gift to us, but not all friendships He approves. Good friends are friends who understand the nature of friendship and tries their best to esteem friendship as God-given. They aren’t careless to select their friends, however, when they find a friend, they are careful not to offend.

Every friendship needs a vigilant friend, watchful friends don't only choose their friends wisely, but they are also quick to identify possible toxic traits in friendships and formulate solutions to overcome them.

4. Philippians 2:3 "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves."

  • A good friend is someone who will respect you.

Do your friends disregard your feelings and treat them as though they don't matter? If your answer to this question is yes, then there is a fair chance that your friends don't respect you.

You must never lower your standards to accommodate unrespectful friends. Respect is one of the building blocks of a good friendship, so if your friendships don't have respect then it might be time to find a solution or simply kiss that friendship goodbye

5. Proverbs 13:20 "Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm."

  • Good friends exercise wisdom.

The idea behind this passage is not to indiscriminately disassociate yourself from friends you perceive to lack wisdom- but to observe over time their conduct. Have they learned from their experiences that almost ruin the friendship and jeopardize your life? Are they taking active steps to cultivate sound values into their lives? If your answer is yes to these questions—you have good reasons to continue in those friendships, but if not, then waste no more of your precious time

6. 1 Corinthians 15:33 "Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character."

  • Commendable friends inspire strong values in you.

There's a proverb that says, "you are known by the friends you keep" and this verse reinforces the same wisdom. Not only does this verse reinforce this proverb, but, more importantly, it points out that just as true friendships bring out the best in you, bad friendships corrupt good morals.

Virtuous friends don't inspire corruption in you—they instill sound values in you. They set laudable examples that, if followed, will reap blessings and honor rather than shame and disgrace. If your friends don't inspire and challenge you to set high standards, then maybe it's time to let those friendships go.

7. Proverbs 18:24 "My word is this: There are 'friends' who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother."

  • A best friend is someone who is supportive and reliable.

There is a known saying that says, "blood is thicker than water." But this Bible verse shows that good friendships create bonds that go even deeper than blood relationships.

Good friends stick around long enough to know when we are sad, broken, and frustrated. They also know when we are happy and full of joy. Loyal friends are always by our side. They are always supportive of our important endeavors, gracefully correct us when we are wrong, and congratulate us on our achievements.

Friends with these qualities are worth their weight in gold, but unstable friends are "bitter to the tongue." You may enjoy reading these 40 encouraging scriptures on friends and friendship.

8. John 15:13 "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

  • A faithful friend is someone who will make great sacrifices for you.

Jesus is the greatest example of a friend, a good friend, and his statement "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" is a true reflection of what He considers as a good friendship. Sacrifice is a fundamental quality of a good friendship. In (1 Samuel. 18:4) Jonathan and David's example of friendship reinforce Jesus' statement in (John 15:13). If you read from the first verse of the 18th chapter of 1 Samuel, you will notice that Jonathan loved David, and he embraced him as a friend. Jonathan was the King's son, but the King disliked David and wanted to assassinate him. But Jonathan, knowing of his father's plan, jeopardized his life to help David.

Jonathan's act of sacrifice showed his commitment to David and to their friendship. He didn't hesitate to give David his own attire. And luckily he did, because David wasn't yet recognized throughout Israel, and he desperately needed the help.

What are friendships without sacrifices? Friendships without sacrifices are friendships without commitments. It goes without saying that these kinds of friendships don't last for too long. If your friendships lack commitment and your friends aren't interested in making the necessary sacrifices, then it may be time to leave.

9. Proverbs 16:28 "A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends."

  • A best friend is some who won't gossip about you.

From experience, there is nothing worse in a friendship than a friend who gossips about you. This verse shows that gossip hurts and brings separation even in the best of friendships.

Praiseworthy friends don't gossip. Instead, they speak only facts, and if they aren't sure, they find out the truth. Moreover, if you aren't comfortable with them sharing your business, they keep their mouths closed.

If your friend gossips, there's a fair chance that your friendship will end in disappointment and regret. Don't allow gossip to ruin your friendships—address it before it's too late.

10. Proverbs. 27:17 "My word is this: As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend."

  • A good friend is someone who will influence you positively.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a daily battle itself, but when we invite bad influences into our lives: it makes things much harder. In general, we are influenced by people around us; whether it’s our childhood heroes, our favorite preachers, or our beloved role models: we are in many ways products of our environment. And based on this verse it’s clear that God holds this view.

It's God’s plan that we only allow those friends with a positive influence into our space. God expects us to guard our space and filter any toxicity that may potentially discourage us.

Good friends are those who influence us positively: they lead by example: they are conscious of the fact we allowed them into our space: and they try their very best to influence, sharpen, and encourage us in the way of righteousness.

11. Galatians 6:2 "Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ."

  • Faithful friends bear with you at all times. They will put up with your shortcomings and support you.

Most friendships have their fair share of troubles, but that's not a valid excuse to say goodbye.

Sometimes, friends must go through uncertain times together to better understand each other. Relationships with obstacles at the beginning usually turn out to be lifelong friendships. So be patient and long-suffering, and find solutions to get the best out of your friends.

12. Psalm 37:3 "Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture."

  • Good friendships are built on trust.

Though this Bible verse doesn't explicitly highlight trust in relation to our friends, it does point out trust in our friendship with God. God is our greatest example, so it's safe to mimic His example of trust in friendship and apply it to our friendships with others.

With that being said, the implication here is that friendships should have trust and that trust inspires confidence—confidence in your friends' abilities, in their words, and in whatever they do. If trust is lacking in your friendships, find a way to foster it. No good friendship can last without trust, so do whatever you can to encourage it.

13. James. 4:11 "Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it."

  • Good friends aren't judgmental.

This Bible verse says that brothers and sisters must not cast judgment against one another. If they do, they transgress God's liberal law. "Sister" and "brother" here imply someone close to you, in this case, your friends. Good friends don't rush to premature judgments; they will first listen to what you have to say.

Are your friends overly critical of you? Do they always find something bad to say? Do they downplay or altogether ignore the positives, and make a big fuss pointing out the negatives? If these traits describe your friends, it's a signal you need to reconsider before moving on with those friendships.

Good friends don't judge you. Instead, they support you, and when necessary, they correct you in a spirit of love and humility.

14. Colossians 3:13 "Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you."

  • Good friends always forgive.

True forgiveness comes from the heart. A friend may say that they forgive you, but if it isn't from the heart, it means nothing.

Friends who don't forgive aren't fun to be around. They are cold and they always find something negative to say. They are quick to judge and never miss an opportunity to point out our errors and criticize us for them.

Good friendships are motivating, uplifting, and inspiring. Friendships without forgiveness are worth letting go.

15. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 "Two are better than one because they have a good return for their work; If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up."

  • Faithful friends are cooperative.

To lend support is one thing, but to cooperate is another. It’s common in most friendships for friends to lend moral support, but it’s a rear sight to see a friend get down and dirty to help a friend out of a tight spot.

This scripture about friendship is a good example of cooperation in friendship. A friend who loves to help, to go over and beyond—is one to cherish and hold in high esteem.

Proverbs. 16:28

Proverbs. 16:28

More Bible Verses About Friendship

Good friends are priceless, they are rare and hard to find, however, if you're lucky enough to find a faithful friend, count it a great blessing. That said if you're just looking to grab a few quick scriptures on friendship the ones below are ideal, but if you need an in-depth explanation of each verse to boost your relationships, I'd encourage you to read the entire article. So here are a few timely bible verses on friendship that you can use to strengthen and build your current and new relationships.

John 15:12-15 "My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you."

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 "Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken"

Proverbs 18:24 "One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother."

Amos 3:3 "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?"

Proverbs 16:24 "Some friendships don’t last for long, but there is one loving friend who is joined to your heart closer than any other." (TPT)

Proverbs 16:28 "A twisted person spreads rumors; a whispering gossip ruins good friendships." (TPT)

Proverbs 22:24-25 "Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.

Colossians 3:13 "Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you."

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

Philippians 2:3 "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves."

Galatians 6:2 " Carry each other's burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ."

Proverbs 16:28 "A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends."

Proverbs 27:5-6 "Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses."

Proverbs 12:26 "The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray."

Luke 6:31 "Do to others as you would have them do to you."

Job 16:20-21 "My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of a man he pleads with God as one pleads for a friend."

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

1 Corinthians 15:33 "Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character."

Proverbs 13:20 "Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm."

Job 42:10 "When Job prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his fortunes, giving him twice as much as before!"

Friendship: Biblical Definition, Examples & Why It Matters

Proverbs 18:24 A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Friendship is patient, friendship is kind. It does not hate, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easy to break, it keeps no record of wrong and it rejoices with the truth.

Biblical Friendship is an unconditional heartfelt relationship between friends that means to love and not allowing self to get in the way. The essence of the bond is to seek the other person's best interest. We see this in John 15:13-15, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends, if you 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.

Friendship Examples from the Bible

The word friend is mentioned roughly 49 times in the bible depending on what version of the bible you're using. Here are a few verses and instances of friendship in the bible that stood out to me and I know they will be a great blessing to you.

1. David and Jonathan

Jonathan was Saul's son, the king who wanted to kill David. By birthright, Jonathan was next in line to the throne, but David had to die first for it to happen. Nevertheless, Johnathan loved David and protected him from Saul his father: even though that meant forfeiting the throne. Jonathan was selfless, he was indeed a true friend, likewise, when David became king, he returned the favor to Jonathan's son Mephibosheth in 2 Samuel 9.

"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."-1 Samuel 18:1-3(KJV)

2. David and Ahithophel

The friendship between David and Ahithophel ended as a toxic relationship. It started good but got sour when Ahithophel conspired with Absalom to revolt against David ("And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's counselor, from his city, even from Giloh, while he offered sacrifices. And the conspiracy was strong; for the people increased continually with Absalom." 2 Samuel 15:12). Ahithophel was a selfish, self-seeking, ungrateful, backbiting friend. At all costs, terminate such friendships before it gets too late.

"For it is not an enemy who taunts me— then I could bear it; it is not an adversary who deals insolently with me—then I could hide from him. But it is you, a man, my equal, my companion, my familiar friend. We used to take sweet counsel together; within God’s house, we walked in the throng."-Psalm 55:12- 14 (NIV)

3. Ruth and Naomi

Ruth was married to one of Naomi's sons who died. At his death, Naomi tried to send Ruth away which was the normal thing to do. But Ruth wasn't ready to give up, indeed, she had lost her husband, nevertheless, she found a friend in Naomi her mother-in-law, and wasn't going to let go even though Naomi was old and had nothing more to offer her. This is why Ruth and Naomi's relationship remains one of the best examples of true friendship in the bible. As you can see, Ruth wasn't selfish, self-seeking, or self-centered, she was concerned about Naomi and wanted to be with her. In the end, everything worked out fine, Ruth married a rich man called Boaz, took care of Naomi, and became David's grandmother.

"But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.” When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her."-Ruth 1:16-18(NIV)

4. David and Achish

The friendship between David and Achish was a very interesting one because Achish was a Philistine (an enemy of Isreal from where David came running from Saul). But Achish, instead of killing David, favored him by giving him lands, 1 Samuel 27.

The friendship between David and Achish became so strong that Achish trusted David with his life and had no second thought of David betraying him in the battle against Isreal (David people). Now, that's friendship on a whole different new level. How can you put your life in the hands of a man from your enemy's household? It's called trust; and one of the main ingredients to a sound relationship.

"Now the Philistines gathered together all their armies to Aphek: and the Israelites pitched by a fountain which is in Jezreel. And the lords of the Philistines passed on by hundreds, and by thousands: but David and his men passed on in the rereward with Achish. Then said the princes of the Philistines, What do these Hebrews here? And Achish said unto the princes of the Philistines, Is not this David, the servant of Saul the king of Israel, which hath been with me these days, or these years, and I have found no fault in him since he fell unto me unto this day?"-1Samuel 29:1-3 (KJV)

To get the essence of the whole story, read the entire 27,28, and 29 chapters of 1Samuel.

5. Job, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar

Contrary to what many people think, the relationship between Job and his friends was healthy. The issue with Job's three friends is that they misinterpreted Job's predicament and thought God was rewarding him for his evil deeds.

But have you ever stopped to think that Job's three friends left their homes to console Job as soon as they heard he was in trouble? Sure they judged him unjustly and accused him of practicing secret sins. But in those days, when a man falls into so great trouble, it is said that God is repaying him for his evil deeds.

Of course, Job's three friends didn't know who was behind his troubles: the devil, see Job 1. Nevertheless, it all ended well, Job was restored double of all he had, and he also forgave and prayed for his friends; which was an indication that the relationship was healthy.

"Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this adversity that had come upon him, each one came from his own place—Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. For they had made an appointment together to come and mourn with him, and to comfort him. And when they raised their eyes from afar and did not recognize him, they lifted their voices and wept; and each one tore his robe and sprinkled dust on his head toward heaven. So they sat down with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his grief was very great."-Job 2:11-13 (NKJV)

6. Daniel and Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego

Daniel, after interpreting King Nebuchadnezzar's dream was promoted to be a chief officer in the kingdom of Babylon, read Daniel chapter 2. Daniel wasn't a selfish, or forgetful friend, he remembered his friends Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and requested that they be promoted along with him.

Good relationships aren't built on selfish ambitions, they are predicated on seeking the best interest of others; these four friends are a good example of this.

"Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon. Then Daniel requested of the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon: but Daniel sat in the gate of the king." -Daniel 2:48-49(KJV)

Why Friendship Matters

Friendship means so much more to a believer than those who have not yet come to the faith. The word friendship is a reminder of Jesus Christ’s commitment, sacrifice, and love for us. "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Being a good friend to others is something every believer should try to become. Because if we are to identify ourselves with Christ, who is himself the greatest friend to humanity, we ought to be friendly.

We are blessed to be called friends of Christ, but we must not be ungrateful and withhold our love from others. Don't get me wrong; I'm not saying to become friends with everyone, be cautious, and use this article to guide you.


Philippians. 2:3

Philippians. 2:3

Good Friends: Biblical Characteristics

You can use these traits to build your existing relationships or guide you into new ones. Here are fifteen biblical qualities of a good friend to help you in your relationships.

  1. Loving. "A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity."—Proverbs 17:17
  2. Supportive. "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?—Amos 3:3
  3. Vigilant. "The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray."—Proverbs 12:26
  4. Promotes strong values "Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character."—Corinthians 15:33
  5. Reliable. "There are 'friends' who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother."—Proverbs 18:24
  6. Willing to make sacrifices. "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."—John 15:13
  7. Trustworthy. "And it came to pass in those days, that the Philistines gathered their armies together for warfare, to fight with Israel. And Achish said unto David, Know thou assuredly, that thou shalt go out with me to battle, thou and thy men. And David said to Achish, Surely thou shalt know what thy servant can do. And Achish said to David, Therefore will I make thee keeper of mine head for ever."—1Samuel 28:1-2
  8. Inspirational. "As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend."—Proverbs 17:17
  9. Exercise self-control. "Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared."—Proverbs 22:24-25
  10. Forgiving. "Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you."—Colossian 3:13
  11. Respective. "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves."—Philippians 2:3
  12. Nonjudgmental. "Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it."—James 4:11
  13. Loyal. "Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ."—Galatian 6:2
  14. Cooperative. "Two are better than one because they have a good return for their work; If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up."—Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
  15. Exercise wisdom. "Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm."—Proverbs 13:20
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Bad Friends: Examples in the Bible

Toxic friends have been around for centuries; even the Bible has many examples of these kinds of friends. Here are some examples of a bad friend in the bible.

1. Ahithophel: David's backbiting friend

"And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's counselor, from his city, even from Giloh, while he offered sacrifices. And the conspiracy was strong; for the people increased continually with Absalom."- 2 Samuel 15:12(KJV)

2. Delilah: Samson self-centered friend

"After this, he loved a woman in the Valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah. 5 And the lords of the Philistines came up to her and said to her, “Seduce him, and see where his great strength lies, and by what means we may overpower him, that we may bind him to humble him. And we will each give you 1,100 pieces of silver.”-Judges 16:4 (KJV)

"When Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called the lords of the Philistines, saying, “Come up again, for he has told me all his heart.” Then the lords of the Philistines came up to her and brought the money in their hands. She made him sleep on her knees. And she called a man and had him shave off the seven locks of his head. Then she began to torment him, and his strength left him." Judges 14:18-20 (KJV)

3. Rehoboam’s bad friends

And the young men that were grown up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto these people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father's loins. And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions. 1 Kings 12:10-11 (KJV)

4. Jonadab, the friend of Amnon

"And it came to pass after this, that Absalom the son of David had a fair sister, whose name was Tamar; and Amnon the son of David loved her. And Amnon was so vexed, that he fell sick for his sister Tamar; for she was a virgin, and Amnon thought it hard for him to do anything to her. But Amnon had a friend, whose name was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah David's brother: and Jonadab was a very subtil man. And he said unto him, Why art thou, being the king's son, lean from day to day? wilt thou not tell me? And Amnon said unto him, I love Tamar, my brother Absalom's sister. And Jonadab said unto him, Lay thee down on thy bed, and make thyself sick: and when thy father cometh to see thee, say unto him, I pray thee, let my sister Tamar come, and give me meat, and dress the meat in my sight, that I may see it, and eat it at her hand."-2Samuel 13:1-5(KJV)

5. King Ahab, the friend of King Jehoshaphat

"Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honor in abundance and joined affinity with Ahab. And after certain years he went down to Ahab to Samaria. And Ahab killed sheep and oxen for him in abundance, and for the people that he had with him, and persuaded him to go up with him to Ramoth-Gilead. 2Chronicle 18:1-2(KJV)

Good Friends: Examples in the Bible

It's hard to live a satisfying life without good friends; having them brings so much joy to our lives, so here are nine examples of good friends in the bible.

1. David and Hiram

"King Hiram of Tyre had always been friends with Solomon's father David. When Hiram learned that Solomon was king, he sent some of his officials to meet with Solomon."-1 Kings 5:1(CEV)

"Hiram was so happy when he heard Solomon's request that he said, 'I am grateful that the LORD gave David such a wise son to be king of that great nation!"-1 Kings 5:7(CEV)

2. David and Ittai

"Then the king said to Ittai the Gittite, 'Why do you also go with us? Go back and stay with the king, for you are a foreigner and also an exile from your home. You came only yesterday, and shall I today make you wander about with us, since I go I know not where? Go back and take your brothers with you, and may the Lord show steadfast love and faithfulness to you.' But Ittai answered the king, 'As the Lord lives, and as my lord, the king lives, wherever my lord the king shall be, whether, for death or life, there also will your servant be."-2 Samuel 15:19-21 (ESV)

3. Jesus Christ and his disciples

"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."- John 15:13-15(KJV)

4. Abraham and God

"But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend."-Isaiah 41:8(KJV)

5. Johnathan and David

"After David had finished talking with Saul, he met Jonathan, the king’s son. There was an immediate bond between them, for Jonathan loved David. From that day on Saul kept David with him and wouldn’t let him return home. And Jonathan made a solemn pact with David because he loved him as he loved himself."-1 Samuel 18:1-3(NLT)

6. Job and his friends

"Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this adversity that had come upon him, each one came from his own place—Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. For they had made an appointment together to come and mourn with him, and to comfort him. And when they raised their eyes from afar and did not recognize him, they lifted their voices and wept; and each one tore his robe and sprinkled dust on his head toward heaven. So they sat down with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his grief was very great." -Job 2:11-13(NKJV)

7. David and Achish

"And it came to pass in those days, that the Philistines gathered their armies together for warfare, to fight with Israel. And Achish said unto David, Know thou assuredly, that thou shalt go out with me to battle, thou and thy men. And David said to Achish, Surely thou shalt know what thy servant can do. And Achish said to David, Therefore will I make thee keeper of mine head for ever." - 1Samuel 28:1-2(KJV)

8. Ruth and Noami

But Ruth replied, 'Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely if even death separates you and me."-Ruth 1:16-17 (NIV)

9. Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego

"Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon. Then Daniel requested of the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon: but Daniel sat in the gate of the king."- Daniel 2:48-49 (KJV)

Questions & Answers

Question: How can we know God's will for our friendships?

Answer: It sounds like you have friendships that you aren't too sure if you should continue with. Or you just want to know God's will for your friendship or friendships.

If you aren't sure whether to say goodbye or to continue in a friendship - revisit the article and write down the 10 qualities of a good friendship. If your friendship has most of these qualities then remain in that friendship, and find ways to make it even better. And yes, it's God's will for you to stay in that friendship.

On the other hand, if you have good friendships but you want to know God's will for those friendships - just pray and ask Him for direction, and he will reveal His will to you.

But if you have friends that lack all or most of the qualities discussed in the articles, then it's a sure sign you need to break ties.

Question: What is the Bible verse that is about a friend who prays for you?

Answer: While there isn't any Bible verse that explicitly mentions a friend who prays for you, there are, however, a few that come close:

"Then the king said to the man of God, “Intercede with the Lord your God and pray for me that my hand may be restored.” So the man of God interceded with the Lord, and the king’s hand was restored and became as it was before." (1 Kings 13:6)

"As for other matters, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith."(2 Thessalonians 3:1-2)

There are a few more, but as pointed out before, they don't mention a friend who prays for you.

But the idea behind these verses is that those you consider close, or important to you, in your case - your friends, should always be willing and ready to pray for you.

© 2018 Dexter Whinfield

Comments

Dexter Whinfield (author) from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on August 25, 2020:

Thank you so much, I'm thrilled that you guys find my expression of God's word inspirational. I'm so honored. The only thing I ask in return is to share the post with your friends, families, and associates. May God Almighty keep us all.

Arensshi from Philippines on August 23, 2020:

This is such a good read

Pink907 on July 29, 2020:

I prayed for a Best Friend many times, and i've had many friends but none that stuck with me or me stick with them, but God Blessed me with an unexpected friend, one as tough as me and requires respect as i do, we have not sent eye to eye several times, yet God brought us together somehow through the years, i am busy, i am not always social, yet God brings us to the phone like it was yesterday. Thank yoU God. A sweet friendship does refresh the soul. It's the ying and the yang. Far from perfect yet good Spirited. If you need a Friend know your prayers are being heard, and there is a right time for everything.

jenniferlx on July 25, 2020:

Amen

Tammy on July 12, 2020:

This is clarity appreciate this article God is good! Good friends are hard to come by.

Glosh on May 10, 2020:

thxs 4 da nyc msg,av learnt hw to identify agd frnd

Sheila Blake on May 06, 2020:

Brought tears to my eyes

Bismarck Quadjo on March 01, 2020:

Now I Know the person I will chose as my good friend.

God bless us all

birdlynn on January 16, 2020:

Thank you, for this great article. Makes me think better how to be a good friend, but how to find them?

Edward on January 08, 2020:

good and teaching

Jack Galich on August 21, 2019:

Very nice what better advice to follow pertaining to friendships than the good lords

John on June 20, 2019:

This is very good article, good combination with logical, practical and prayer need it

susie on June 18, 2019:

Great

G.P.NATHANIEL on May 05, 2019:

Thanks a lot for the relevant verses from bible, given on friendship, it is

Meaningful and full of explanation

Nympha on April 18, 2019:

Dont test your friends if you're re really a true friend to them. If you really value your friendship dont make a move or a test that will only hurt them just because of your selfishness idea of testing their loyalty for you. Loving

your friends unconditionally is better than anything else

Lana Helaina on April 10, 2019:

This is awsome thanks for sharing these meaningful verses.

Nikita on April 09, 2019:

Hii plz a new best friend

Daisy Khaenzeli on January 24, 2019:

Great inspiration how can this video be shared?

Dodie Tejares on January 21, 2019:

Awesome! Thanks for sharing.

Susan Ream from Michigan on January 14, 2019:

Great counsel from God's word! Thanks for sharing!

Scattermo on January 14, 2019:

Thank you for sharing!

Nichole Wildly Alive on January 05, 2019:

Friends are family. So it is important to have friends that sticks with you through thick and thin but if someone is not good for you or maybe a toxic friend you can walk away.Yes, always know when to walk away. Not all the time you need to deal with toxic people. Sometimes cutting ties off is the best thing to do. Because we dont need toxic people in our lives. We deserve better.

Dr.Sharmila Palai on December 27, 2018:

The article is superb , really written with feelings of the author which is a trait of a good author . The topic he chosen is already so beautiful that is friendship . After reading this article anybody can fall in love with friendship . May God bless you .

Thankyou for writting this wonderful article .

Dexter Whinfield (author) from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on December 16, 2018:

@Diksha, Jose, Siny, and Hellen, thank you for your kind words and for reading my article. There is so much to know about friendship from God's perspective, if we examine the scriptures we will find priceless gold nuggets on friends and friendships. May God continue to guide us in our relationship with others - after all, a good friend is a gift from God.

Hellen Mathenjwa on December 15, 2018:

Great great

Jacob from Delhi, India on December 12, 2018:

Thanks for sharing the scriptures.

May God bless you.

Keep up the good work.

Jose Mathews on November 16, 2018:

Excellent article. May Almighty bless U to continue your good work.

Diksha Shakya from India on September 06, 2018:

This is an amazing and helpful article. Great work! Keep going

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