44 BIBLE VERSES ON FRIENDSHIP DEFINITION

WHO IS A FRIEND?

The bible is replete with who our friends should and what Friendship should mean to us believers. Friendship is initiated whenever two or more individuals acknowledges a sense of (mutual) relevance and developed a sincere respect for (each of) the other. So we have friends even among siblings.

Everyone needs friends. Loneliness was never part of God’s plan, which was the whole reason He created Eve for Adam.

Thus, this article is aimed at providing the various biblical definitions for friendship.

FRIENDSHIP DEFINED

Through the pages of many thought leaders are various beautiful descriptions for friendship. Here are few examples; “Friendship is a majestic garden full of roses, butterflies and bees, supporting each other for the sake of survival and realizing dreams.”

“Friendship is like a brilliant star which shines brighter when the sky turns darker.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

But beyond the very words of men, the bible offers even more beautiful and eternally true thought on who our friends should be.

These bible verses below define who a friend is;

Friendship Defined As a Helper

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)

A friend is someone you share a bond of trust and loyalty.

Open rebuke is better than secret love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

(Pro 27:5-6)

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.

(Jas 2:23)

A friend is someone we share a deep level of understanding and communication with.

And the LORD said, shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; … but Abraham stood yet before the LORD. And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?…

(Gen 18:16-26)

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.

(Joh 15:14-15)

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.

(Exo 33:11)

Friendship is a replica of love

Be kindly affectionate one to another with brotherly love; in honors preferring one another;

(Rom 12:10)

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

(Col 3:12-14)

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.

(1Sa 18:1-3)

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

(Pro 17:17)

They are those we have common interest with and help us to fulfill purpose.

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

(Pro 27:17)

He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

(Pro 13:20)

The friendship of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.

(Psa 25:14)

Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go: Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.

(Pro 22:24-25)

Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.

(Pro 15:22)

Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel.

(Pro 27:9)

Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman:

(Pro 7:4)

The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.

(Pro 12:26)

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.

(Jas 4:4)

Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

(1Co 15:33)

A friend is someone who care and shows mutual concern to their time of challenges’

This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you. 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.

(Joh 15:12-15)

A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

(Pro 18:24)

One of the greatest biblical examples of the “friend who sticks closer than a brother” is the relationship between David and Jonathan. Jonathan’s loyalty to David runs deeper than his loyalty to his father Saul or his own ambitions (1 Sam 18:1-4; 20:14-17).

The dirge David sings when he hears of Jonathan’s death marks their relationship as a high point of human friendship (2 Sam 1:17-27). Such loyalty is also seen in Naomi and Ruth’s relationship.

Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came everyone from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him. And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven. So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spoke a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.

(Job 2:11-13)

My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto God. O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbour!
(Job 16:20-21)

They are those who accept you for who you are and feel comfortable sharing things about themselves with you, someone you feel comfortable supporting and accepting.

And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

(Luk 6:31)

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

(Col 3:12-14)

He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.

(Pro 22:11)

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 neighbour that is near than a brother far off.

(Pro 27:10)

What Does Friendship Mean To You?

Biblically, the context of friend and friendship include at least three components: association, loyalty, and affection.

At the lowest level, a friend is simply an associate or “the other fellow” (Judges 7:13; Rom 15:2; James 4:12). In Jesus’ parables the vineyard owner addresses a laborer (Matt 20:13) and the host speaks to a wedding guest he does not know (Matt 22:12) using the term “comrade.” Jesus addresses Judas in this way in the garden: “Friend, do what you came for” (Matt 26:50).

At a higher level the idea of friendship contains not only the component of association but also that of loyalty. The “king’s friend” (2 Sam 15:37; 16:16; 1 Kings 4:5; 1 Chron 27:33) serves as a royal advisor or, as a member of a favored class of nobles. Hiram of Tyre’s “friendship” with David (1 Kings 5:1) is actually a political alliance that may have little to do with affection but everything to do with treaty obligations. The “friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Prov 18:24) shows loyalty. When the Jews accuse Pilate of not being “a friend of Caesar” (John 19:12), they are questioning his loyalty to the emperor.

The highest level of friendship contains the components of association and loyalty along with affection. The friendship of David and Jonathan ( 1 Sam 18:1-4 ; 20:14-17 ) has all three components.

WRAP UP

Herein, we have seen friendship everywhere; among associates among kins, among rivals, among in-laws, etc. whatever a relationship it is called; for every meaningful successful relationship, there is a friendship relationship in it.

The word “friend, “”friendship,” or “be friendly” come from Hebrew root words that mean “one who loves.” In the bible, it is also implied in words like philos, meaning “friend, “companion, comrade, ” and “neighbor, ” along with a variety of kinship terms such as “brother, “”mother, ” or “child, etc. anyone so ever that is loved.

Paul expresses this loyal and affectionate relationship when he refers to or addresses several individuals with the language of family love. He speaks to Timothy and Titus as his true children (1 Tim 1:2; Titus 1:4), and to Timothy as his “dear son” (2 Tim 1:2). Onesimus is not only Paul’s “son” but his “very heart” (Philem. 10, 12).

Present Christian leaders should learn from this; to often refer to their disciplers and subordinates as friends and not often wanting to sound bossy in using terms like my son in the lord etc.

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3 thoughts on “44 BIBLE VERSES ON FRIENDSHIP DEFINITION

  1. sORRY, i COULD NOT READ IT ALL. i CANNOT READ LONG POSTS ADD

    Liked by 1 person

    1. True
      I understand
      Next time I will make it not more than 2000words

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