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What does the Bible say about Friendship?

1 Samuel 20:17 (NKJV) Now Jonathan again caused David to vow, because he loved him; for he loved him as he loved his own soul.”

1 Samuel 20:42 (NKJV) Then Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, since we have both sworn in the name of the Lord, saying, ‘May the Lord be between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants, forever.’ ” So he arose and departed, and Jonathan went into the city.”

Job 16:19–21 (NKJV) Surely even now my witness is in heaven, And my evidence is on high. My friends scorn me; My eyes pour out tears to God. Oh, that one might plead for a man with God, As a man pleads for his neighbor!”

Proverbs 13:20 (NKJV) He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed.”

Proverbs 14:7 (NKJV) Go from the presence of a foolish man, When you do not perceive in him the lips of knowledge.”

Proverbs 17:17 (NKJV) A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.”

Proverbs 22:24–25 (NKJV) Make no friendship with an angry man, And with a furious man do not go, Lest you learn his ways And set a snare for your soul.”

Proverbs 27:9 (NKJV) Ointment and perfume delight the heart, And the sweetness of a man’s friend gives delight by hearty counsel.”

Proverbs 28:23 (NKJV) He who rebukes a man will find more favor afterward Than he who flatters with the tongue.”

Ecclesiastes 4:10 (NKJV) For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up.”

John 15:14–15 (NKJV) You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.”

1 Corinthians 15:33 (NKJV) Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.””

James 4:4 (NKJV) Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”

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