What Does the Bible Say About Friendship? 11 Great Verses


Proverbs 18:24

ESVA man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
KJVA man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
NASBA man of too many friends comes to ruin, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
NIVOne who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
NLTThere are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.

John 15:13

ESVGreater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
KJVGreater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
NASBGreater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.
NIVGreater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
NLTThere is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

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Proverbs 27:17

ESVIron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.
KJVIron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
NASBIron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another.
NIVAs iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
NLTAs iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.

Proverbs 17:17

ESVA friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
KJVA friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
NASBA friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.
NIVA friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
NLTA friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.

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1 Corinthians 15:33

ESVDo not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”
KJVBe not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
NASBDo not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.”
NIVDo not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
NLTDon’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character.”

1 Thessalonians 5:11

ESVTherefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
KJVWherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
NASBTherefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.
NIVTherefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
NLTSo encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.

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Proverbs 27:19

ESVOil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.
KJVAs in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.
NASBAs in water face reflects face, So the heart of man reflects man.
NIVAs water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.
NLTAs a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person.

Proverbs 17:6

ESVFaithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.
KJVChildren’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.
NASBGrandchildren are the crown of old men, And the glory of sons is their fathers.
NIVChildren’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.
NLTGrandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged; parents are the pride of their children.

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Job 6:14

ESVHe who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
KJVTo him that is afflicted pity should be shewed from his friend; but he forsaketh the fear of the Almighty.
NASBFor the despairing man there should be kindness from his friend; So that he does not forsake the fear of the Almighty.
NIVAnyone who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
NLTOne should be kind to a fainting friend, but you accuse me without any fear of the Almighty.

Proverbs 13:20

ESVWhoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
KJVHe that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
NASBHe who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm.
NIVWalk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.
NLTWalk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.

Proverbs 16:28

ESVA dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.
KJVA froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.
NASBA perverse man spreads strife, And a slanderer separates intimate friends.
NIVA perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.
NLTA troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends.

Proverbs 17:9

ESVWhoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.
KJVHe that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.
NASBHe who conceals a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends.
NIVWhoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
NLTLove prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.

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