Proverbs Quotes about Friendship

One of our Inspirational Devotions

Here are some of my favorite quotes about friendship

  • A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17
  • A friend supports his friend - even when it is hard.

    David and Jonathan (I Samuel 20:30-31) remained friends even when Jonathan's father hated David and tried to kill David.

  • A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret. Proverbs 11:13
  • A friend can be trusted with appropriate confidences.

    Learn to build trust in relationships.


  • Do not say to your neighbor, "Come back later; I'll give it tomorrow" - when you now have it with you. Proverbs 3:28
  • A friend is generous. We all have the same 24 hours a day. We all have a finite amount of money. Yet, it never ceases to amaze me at the generosity of people. When have people been generous to you? How can you be generous?

  • Wounds from a friend can be trusted. Proverbs 27:6
  • A friend tells the truth - even when it may hurt the other.

    A boy sees a friend doing something that is self-destructive. What would a friend do?

    A woman knows that her friend is acting in a way that will destroy her reputation. What would a friend do?

    Friends put the needs of the friend ahead of their own need to keep the friendship. We all need someone who will tell us the truth in a loving way. It's never easy, but when you must tell someone a hard truth speak calmly, directly, honestly and respectfully.

  • A unfriendly man pursues selfish ends. Proverbs 18:1
  • On August 5, 1936, at the Berlin Olympic Stadium it was a little past nine in the evening. The pole vault event had lasted longer than expected.

    The final three competitors were Earl Meadows of the United States and two close friends from Japan, Shuhei Nishida and Sueo Oe. Nishida had won a silver medal in the 1932 Los Angeles Games. The bar was at 14 feet 3 1/4 inches, which Earl Meadows cleared on his second try. Nishida and Oe missed all three attempts. The two Japanese continued to jump for second and third place, but the competition ended without a conclusion when it became too dark to continue.

    "Oe and I went back to the Olympic Village certain we had tied, since we both jumped identical heights," Nishida remembered. (At that time they did not have another tie breaking rule.)

    The officials decided to award the silver medal to Nishida. They never fully explained their reasoning. Oe was awarded the bronze. Nishida was not happy with the decision. When they got back to Japan both Oe and Nishida decided to cut their medals in half. Then they joined half of the silver medal with half of the bronze medal for each of them. The medals were called the Medals of Eternal Friendship.

    Soon after Oe was killed in World War II. His medal is on display at the National Stadium in Tokyo. What an unselfish act on the part of a friend.

























    All of these quotes about friendship highlight the golden rule. Friends treat each other as they would like to be treated.

    Here's my favorite quote about friendship -- Jesus said, I have called you friends. John 15:15.

    He's our best example.


    Discussion questions for your small group or Sunday School class

    1. Which of the quotes about friendship was surprising to you?

    2. Which quality of a friend from Proverbs do you tend to overlook? Has that ever been harmful to you or your friendships?

    3. In what one way do you think you could be a better friend?

    4. Do you have a favorite quote about friendship? You can submit it to our quotes page.

    Take a look at our full Sunday School lesson on this same subject -
    What Makes a Good Friend

    Introduce your friend to Jesus with Bible Basics - available in English and Spanish.

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