Verses on Friendship
A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.
Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.
“He who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:
Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare. Be not one of those who give pledges, who put up security for debts. If you have nothing with which to pay, why should your bed be taken from under you?
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.
Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.
A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.
Do not forsake your friend and your father’s friend, and do not go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity. Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother who is far away.
You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
Trusting in a treacherous man in time of trouble is like a bad tooth or a foot that slips.
Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare.
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.
Whoever blesses his neighbor with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, will be counted as cursing.
Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.