Friendship According to the Wise

Eric Johnson

Proverbs 18:24 (NIV): One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Proverbs 22:11 (NIV): One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend.

Proverbs 22:24-25 (NIV): Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.

Proverbs 19:4 (NIV): Wealth attracts many friends, but even the closest friend of the poor person deserts them.

Proverbs 16:28 (NIV): A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.

Proverbs 17:9 (NIV): Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.

Proverbs 27:5-6 (NIV): Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.

Proverbs 27:9 (NIV): Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.

Proverbs 17:17 (NIV): A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.

Proverbs 27:10 (NIV): Do not forsake your friend or a friend of your family, and do not go to your relative’s house when disaster strikes you—better a neighbor nearby than a relative far away.