A man of many companions may be ruined,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
-Proverbs 18:24, WEB-BE
A friend loves at all times;
and a brother is born for adversity.
-Proverbs 17:17, WEB-BE
A faithful friend is a strong defence: and he that hath found him, hath found a treasure.
Nothing can be compared to a faithful friend, and no weight of gold and silver is able to countervail the goodness of his fidelity.
A faithful friend is the medicine of life and immortality: and they that fear the Lord, shall find him.
He that feareth God, shall likewise have good friendship: because according to him shall his friend be.
-Sirach 6:14-17, DRB
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. – John 15:13, WEB-BE
Better is open rebuke
than hidden love.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend;
although the kisses of an enemy are profuse.
-Proverbs 27:5-6, WEB-BE
Iron sharpens iron;
so a man sharpens his friend’s countenance.
-Proverbs 27:17, WEB-BE
No longer do I call you servants, for the servant doesn’t know what his lord does. But I have called you friends, for everything that I heard from my Father, I have made known to you. – John 15:15, WEB-BE
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 who is alone when he falls, and doesn’t have another to lift him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have warmth; but how can one keep warm alone? If a man prevails against one who is alone, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
-Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, WEB-BE
Don’t befriend a hot-tempered man,
and don’t associate with one who harbours anger:
lest you learn his ways,
and ensnare your soul.
-Proverbs 22:24-25, WEB-BE
A righteous person is cautious in friendship,
but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
-Proverbs 12:26, WEB-BE
When he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. 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. – 1 Samuel 18:1-3, WEB-BE
I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan.
You have been very pleasant to me.
Your love to me was wonderful,
passing the love of women.
-2 Samuel 1:26, WEB-BE
You adulterers and adulteresses, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hostility towards God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. – James 4:4, WEB-BE
Don’t be deceived! “Evil companionships corrupt good morals.” – 1 Corinthians 15:33, WEB-BE
A perverse man stirs up strife.
A whisperer separates close friends.
-Proverbs 16:28, WEB-BE
He who covers an offence promotes love;
but he who repeats a matter separates best friends.
-Proverbs 17:9, WEB-BE
Forsake not an old friend, for the new will not be like to him.
A new friend is as new wine: it shall grow old, and thou shalt drink it with pleasure.
-Sirach 9:14-15, DRB
You see that faith worked with his works, and by works faith was perfected; and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him as righteousness”; and he was called the friend of God. – James 2:22-23, WEB-BE
Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart;
so does earnest counsel from a man’s friend.
-Proverbs 27:9, WEB-BE
For the perverse is an abomination to the LORD,
but his friendship is with the upright.
-Proverbs 3:32, WEB-BE
He who loves purity of heart and speaks gracefully
is the king’s friend.
-Proverbs 22:11, WEB-BE
Reprove a friend; it may be he did it not:
And if he did something, that he may do it no more.
-Sirach 19:13, WEB-BE
If thou hast opened a sad mouth, fear not, for there may be a reconciliation: except upbraiding, and reproach, and pride, and disclosing of secrets, or a treacherous wound: for in all these cases a friend will flee away. – Sirach 22:27, DRB
Keep fidelity with a friend in his poverty, that in his prosperity also thou mayst rejoice. In the time of his trouble continue faithful to him, that thou mayst also be heir with him in his inheritance. – Sirach 22:28-29, DRB
I will not be ashamed to salute a friend, neither will I hide myself from his face… – Sirach 22:31, DRB
Blessed is he that findeth a true friend… – Sirach 25:12, DRB
Ruth said, “Don’t urge me to leave you, and to return from following you, for where you go, I will go; and where you stay, I will stay. Your people will be my people, and your God my God. Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May The LORD do so to me, and more also, if anything but death parts you and me.” – Ruth 1:16-17, WEB-BE
And the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man is wont to speak to his friend. And when he returned into the camp, his servant Josue the son of Nun, a young man, departed not from the tabernacle. – Exodus 33:11, DRB
Seek not revenge, nor be mindful of the injury of thy citizens. Thou shalt love thy friend as thyself. I am the Lord. – Exodus 19:18, DRB
He that discloseth the secret of a friend loseth his credit, and shall never find a friend to his mind. – Sirach 27:17, DRB
Every friend will say: I also am his friend: but there is a friend, that is only a friend in name. Is not this a grief even to death? – Sirach 37:1, DRB
There is a companion who rejoiceth with his friend in his joys, but in the time of trouble, he will be against him. – Sirach 37:4, DRB
Help a poor man for the commandment’s sake;
And according to his need send him not empty away.
Lose your money for a brother and a friend;
And let it not rust under the stone to be lost.
Bestow your treasure according to the commandments of the Most High;
And it shall profit you more than gold.
-Sirach 29:-9-11, WEB-BE
Forget not thy friend in thy mind, and be not unmindful of him in thy riches. – Sirach 37:6, DRB
They must remember how our father Abraham was tempted, and being proved by many tribulations, was made the friend of God. – Judith 8:22, DRB
He that taketh away mercy from his friend, forsaketh the fear of the Lord. – Job 6:14, DRB
Say not to thy friend: Go, and come again: and to morrow I will give to thee: when thou canst give at present. Practise not evil against thy friend, when he hath confidence in thee. – Proverbs 3:28-29, WEB-BE
Say to wisdom: Thou art my sister: and call prudence thy friend, That she may keep thee from the woman that is not thine, and from the stranger who sweeteneth her words. – Proverbs 7:4-5, DRB
He that despiseth his friend, is mean of heart: but the wise man will hold his peace. – Proverbs 11:12, DRB
The things which thy eyes have seen, utter not hastily in a quarrel: lest afterward thou mayst not be able to make amends, when thou hast dishonoured thy friend. – Proverbs 25:8, DRB
As he is guilty that shooteth arrows, and lances unto death: So is the man that hurteth his friend deceitfully: and when he is taken, saith: I did it in jest. – Proverbs 26:18-19, DRB
His throat most sweet, and he is all lovely: such is my beloved, and he is my friend, O ye daughters of Jerusalem. – Song of Solomon 5:16, DRB
If thou wouldst get a friend, try him before thou takest him, and do not credit him easily.
For there is a friend for his own occasion, and he will not abide in the day of thy trouble.
And there is a friend that turneth to enmity; and there is a friend that will disclose hatred and strife and reproaches.
And there is a friend a companion at the table, and he will not abide in the day of distress.
A friend if he continue steadfast, shall be to thee as thyself, and shall act with confidence among them of thy household.
If he humble himself before thee, and hide himself from thy face, thou shalt have unanimous friendship for good.
-Sirach 6:7-12, DRB
Do not transgress against thy friend deferring money, nor despise thy dear brother for the sake of gold. – Sirach 7:20, DRB
He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. This, my joy, therefore is made full. He must increase, but I must decrease.- John 3:29-30, WEB-BE
These things he said; and after that he said to them: Lazarus our friend sleepeth; but I go that I may awake him out of sleep… When Mary therefore was come where Jesus was, seeing him, she fell down at his feet, and saith to him: Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. Jesus, therefore, when he saw her weeping, and the Jews that were come with her, weeping, groaned in the spirit, and troubled himself, And said: Where have you laid him? They say to him: Lord, come and see. And Jesus wept. The Jews therefore said: Behold how he loved him. – John 11:11,32-36, DRB