An excellent collection of wise sayings, proverbs, and sayings about friendship to help you understand what true friendship is from a godly perspective. Have friends wisely and safely. Avoid pitfalls.
A false friend and a shadow attend only when the sun shines.
A friend is one who knows all about you and loves you just the same.
Always hold your head up, but keep your nose at the friendly level.
Always put your best foot forward--but don't step on other people's toes.
Be friendly and you will never want for friends.
Fortune makes friends; misfortune tries them.
Go often to your friend's home for weeds choke up the unused path.
Heated arguments cool friendships.
If you want to keep your friends don't give them away.
A dog has many friends because he wags his tail instead of his tongue.
Strangers are friends you haven't met yet.
The most solid friendships are often made in mutual adversity.
To have a true friend, you must be a true friend.
A friend who is not in need could be a friend indeed.
When in doubt, do the friendliest thing.
You can't use your friends and have them too.
Your good fortune sometimes makes false friends; poor fortune points them out.
Proverbs 17:17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
Proverbs 18:24 A man that hath friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
Proverbs 18:24 A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. NIV
Proverbs 19:6b every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.
Proverbs 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
Proverbs 27:9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.
Proverbs 27:10 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 neighbor that is near than a brother far off.
Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
James 4:4 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.
Job 6:27 Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless, and ye dig a pit for your friend.
Psalm 41:9 Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.
Proverbs 6:1 My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger, Pr 6:3 Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend.
Proverbs 22:11 He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.
Proverbs 27:14 He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.
Matthew 26:50 And Jesus said to him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him.
James 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed to him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
Proverbs 22:24 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go:
1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character." NIV
Ephesians 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
Ephesians 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body to the edifying of itself in love. KJV (read more)
John 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
John 15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
John 15:15 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 to you.
John 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
2 Corinthians 6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
2 Corinthians 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
2 Corinthians 6:18 And will be a Father to you, and ye shall be my sons [hwee-os] and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
John 15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
Luke 16:9 Here's the lesson: Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. Then, when your earthly possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home. NLT
Luke 16:9 And I say to you, Make to yourselves friends by means of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when it shall fail, they may receive you into the eternal tabernacles. ASV
Zec 13:6 And one shall say to him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends. (Speaking of Jesus before He was born)
Matthew 5:43-46 You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
"A loyal friend laughs at your jokes when they're not so good, and sympathizes with your problems when they're not so bad. ~ Arnold Glasgow
You can make more friends in a month by being interested in them than in ten years by trying to get them interested in you. ~ Charles Allen
A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out. ~ Walter Winchell
Ecclesiastes 4:9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. ~ King Solomon
No love, no friendship, can cross the path of our destiny without leaving some mark on it forever. ~ Francois Mocuriac
Best friends are like diamonds, precious and rare. False friends are like leaves, found everywhere
A friend is someone who reaches for your hand, but touches your heart. ~ Kathleen Grove
Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it [are] the issues of life. KJV
Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. NIV
Proverbs 4:23 Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. NLT
Job 16:20 My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears to God.
Job 19:19 All my inward friends abhorred me: and they whom I loved are turned against me.
Ps 38:11 My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off.
Mic 7:5 Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.
Mt 26:56 But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.
Joh 16:32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
2Ti 1:15 This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.
2Ti 4:10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed to Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.
Examples of True Friends
1Sa 18:1 And it came to pass, when he had finished speaking to Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of
1Sa 20:41 And as soon as the lad was gone, David arose out of a place toward the south, and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed himself three times: and they kissed one another, and wept one with another, until David exceeded. (David, and Jonathan)
2Sa 1:26 I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been to me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.
2Sa 15:37 So Hushai David's friend came into the city, and Absalom came into Jerusalem.
1Ki 5:1 And Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants to Solomon; for he had heard that they had anointed him king in the room of his father: for Hiram was ever a lover of David.
2Co 2:13 I had no rest in my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother: but taking my leave of them, I went from thence into Macedonia.
Php 2:25 Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants.
2Ti 1:16 The Lord give mercy to the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain:
Faithfulness of God
De 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;
De 9:5 Not for thy righteousness, or for the uprightness of thine heart, dost thou go to possess their land: but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee, and that he may perform the word which the LORD sware to thy fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
1Ki 8:56 Blessed be the LORD, that hath given rest to his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.
Ps 36:5 Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth to the clouds.
Ps 89:1 Maschil of Ethan the Ezrahite.� I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.
Ps 105:8 He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.
1Co 1:9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called to the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Heb 6:18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
1Pe 4:19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as to a faithful Creator.
Faithfullness of Christ
1Th 5:24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
2Th 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.
2Ti 2:13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
Heb 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like to his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
Heb 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
Re 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
Re 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
Last updated: Feb, 2011