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Want to know what the Bible says about true friends? Here are 32 Bible verses about true friends from the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible, New International Version (NIV), sorted from the most relevant to the least relevant.

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Proverbs 18:24 NIV
One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,
    but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
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John 15:13 NIV
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
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Proverbs 27:5-6 NIV
5 Better is open rebuke
    than hidden love.
6 Wounds from a friend can be trusted,
    but an enemy multiplies kisses.
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Proverbs 16:28 NIV
A perverse person stirs up conflict,
    and a gossip separates close friends.
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Proverbs 17:17 NIV
A friend loves at all times,
    and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
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1 John 4:1 NIV
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
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Proverbs 20:6 NIV
Many claim to have unfailing love,
    but a faithful person who can find?
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Romans 12:2 NIV
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is —his good, pleasing and perfect will.
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Proverbs 11:14 NIV
For lack of guidance a nation falls,
    but victory is won through many advisers.
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Philippians 1:7 NIV
It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me.
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John 14:6 NIV
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
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Proverbs 15:22 NIV
Plans fail for lack of counsel,
    but with many advisers they succeed.
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1 Corinthians 14:33 NIV
For God is not a God of disorder but of peace —as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people.
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John 3:16 NIV
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
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James 4:4 NIV
You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
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1 Corinthians 15:33 NIV
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
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Matthew 7:21-23 NIV
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
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Philippians 4:13 NIV
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
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Proverbs 19:4 NIV
Wealth attracts many friends,
    but even the closest friend of the poor person deserts them.
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Proverbs 27:17 NIV
As iron sharpens iron,
    so one person sharpens another.
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