'Friends' in the Bible
Then she continued talking with her father, "Do this for me: leave me alone by myself for two months. I'll go up to the mountains and cry there because I'll never marry. My friends and I will go."
So he said, "Go!" He sent her away for two months. She left with her friends and cried there on the mountains because she would never marry.
David came to Ziklag, and he sent some of the spoil to the elders of Judah, and to his friends, telling them, "Look, this is a gift for you from the spoil of the enemies of the LORD
What Ish-bosheth said made Abner furious, so he replied, "A dog's head for Judah is that what I am? Up until today I've kept on showing loyalty to your father Saul's dynasty, to his relatives and friends, and I haven't turned you over to David, but you're charging me today with moral guilt regarding this woman!
But Absalom asked Hushai, "So this is how you demonstrate your loyalty to your closest friends? Why didn't you leave with your friend?"
As soon as he had consolidated his reign, he executed the entire household of Baasha. He did not leave a single male alive, including any of Baasha's relatives or friends.
So Jehu executed all those who remained from Ahab's dynasty in Jezreel, including all of Ahab's men, his friends, and his priests, until there remained not even one survivor.
Haman restrained himself, went to his house, and sent for his friends and his wife Zeresh.
Then Zeresh his wife and all his friends said, "Have a pole made 50 cubits high, and then in the morning speak to the king and have Mordecai hanged on it. Then go with the king to the banquet happy." This advice pleased Haman, and he had the pole made.
Haman told his wife Zeresh and all his friends everything that had happened to him. His wise friends and his wife Zeresh told him, "If Mordecai, before whom you have begun to fall, is one of the Jewish people, you won't prevail against him. Instead, you will surely fall before him."
When Job's three friends heard all these tragedies that happened to him, they each traveled from their home towns to visit him. Eliphaz came from Teman, Bildad came from Shuah, and Zophar came from Naamath. They met together and went to console and comfort him.
"I'm a laughingstock to my friends, someone who called on God. But then he answered this upright and blameless man, and I have become a laughingstock.
Now as for the one who testifies against his friends to take their property, even the eyes of his children will fail.
my relatives have failed me; and my friends have abandoned me.
My closest friends detest me; even the ones I love have turned against me.
"Be gracious to me, be gracious to me, my friends, because God's hand has struck me.
may thorns spring up instead of wheat, and obnoxious weeds instead of barley." With this, Job's discourse with his friends is completed.
Furthermore, he was furious with his three friends because they had not answered Job, but instead had condemned him.
"Job's friends won't reason with him anymore; discouraged, words escape them.
I'm going to respond to that statement, and to your friends with you."
Will your business be able to buy him, Will you divide him among your merchant friends?
After these words had been spoken by the LORD to Job, the LORD spoke to Eliphaz from Teman: "My anger is burning against you along with your two friends, since you haven't spoken correctly about me, as did my servant Job.
The LORD restored Job's prosperity after he prayed for his friends. The LORD doubled everything that Job had once possessed.
I have become an object of reproach to all my enemies, especially to my neighbors. I have become an object of fear to my friends, and whoever sees me outside runs away from me.
As for my friends and my neighbors, they stand aloof from my distress; even my close relatives stand at a distance.
Each of my friends raises his hand against his allies; each of my friends breaks his word.
For the sake of my relatives and friends I will now say, "May there be peace within you."
The poor person is shunned by his neighbor, but many are the friends of the wealthy.
A deceitful man stirs dissension, and anyone who gossips separates friends.
Anyone who overlooks an offense promotes love, but someone who gossips separates close friends.
A man with many friends can still be ruined, but a true friend sticks closer than a brother.
Wealth brings many friends, but a poor man is deserted by his friend.
All the relatives of a poor person shun him how much more do his friends avoid him! Though he runs after them pleading, they aren't around.
Don't make friends with a hot-tempered man, and do not associate with someone who is easily angered,
I've come into my garden, my sister, my bride; I've gathered my myrrh with my spices. I've eaten my honeycomb with my honey. I've drunk my wine with my milk. Eat, friends! Drink and become drunk with love.
Therefore, this is what the LORD says: "I'm about to put stumbling blocks in front of this people, and fathers and sons will stumble over them together. The neighbor and his friends will perish."
People deceive their friends, and they don't tell the truth. They have taught their tongues to tell lies. They exhaust themselves practicing evil.
Indeed, I hear many people whispering, "Terror on every side. Denounce him, let's denounce him!" All my close friends watch my steps and say, "Perhaps he will be deceived, and we can prevail against him and take vengeance on him."
Look, all the women who are left in the house of the king of Judah will be brought out to the officers of the king of Babylon, and will say, "These friends of yours have mislead you and overcome you. Your feet have sunk down into the mire, but they have turned away.'
Bitterly she cries in the night, as tears stream down her cheeks. No one consoles her of all her friends. All her neighbors have betrayed her; they have become her enemies.
When the order went out to kill the advisors, they searched for Daniel and his friends to kill them, too.
Then Daniel went home and told his friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah about the king's command.
Daniel was seeking mercy, in order to ask about this mystery in the presence of the God of heaven, so that Daniel and his friends might not be executed along with the rest of the advisors of Babylon.
All your allies will force you out of the land, your associates will deceive you and prevail against you. Your friends will lay out a trap for you, and you will never understand it!
Don't trust your friends, don't confide in a companion, watch what you say to your wife.
Their friends told her, "None of your relatives has that name."
They thought that he was in their group of travelers. After traveling for a day, they started looking for him among their relatives and friends.
When the sun was setting, everyone who had any friends suffering from various diseases brought them to him. He placed his hands on each of them and began healing them.
So Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to tell Jesus, "Sir, stop troubling yourself, because I'm not worthy to have you come under my roof.
"But I tell you, my friends, never be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can't do anything more.
Then he told the man who had invited him, "When you give a luncheon or a dinner, stop inviting only your friends, brothers, relatives, or rich neighbors. Otherwise, they may invite you in return and you would be repaid.
Then he goes home, calls his friends and neighbors together, and says to them, "Rejoice with me, because I've found my lost sheep!'
When she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, "Rejoice with me, because I have found the coin that I lost!'
But he answered his father, "Listen! All these years I've worked like a slave for you. I've never disobeyed a command of yours. Yet you've never given me so much as a young goat for a festival so I could celebrate with my friends.
"I'm telling you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails, they will welcome you into eternal homes.
You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death.
So Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day. Before this they had been enemies.
No one shows greater love than when he lays down his life for his friends.
You are my friends, if you do what I command you.
I don't call you servants anymore, because a servant doesn't know what his master is doing. But I've called you friends, because I've made known to you everything that I've heard from my Father.
The next day, they arrived in Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called his relatives and close friends together.
Even some officials of the province of Asia who were his friends sent him a message urging him not to risk his life in the theater.
He ordered the centurion to guard Paul but to let him have some freedom and not to keep any of his friends from caring for his needs.
The next day, we arrived at Sidon, and Julius treated Paul kindly allowing him to visit his friends there and to receive any care he needed.
Do not take revenge, dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath. For it is written, "Vengeance belongs to me. I will pay them back, declares the Lord."
And so, my dear friends, keep on running away from idolatry.
Stop being deceived: "Wicked friends lead to evil ends."
Since we have these promises, dear friends, let's cleanse ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit by becoming mature in our holy fear of God.
Have you been thinking all along that we are trying to defend ourselves before you? We are speaking before God in the authority of the Messiah, and everything, dear friends, is meant to build you up.
And so, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only when I was with you but even more now that I am absent, continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.
Therefore, my dear brothers whom I long for, my joy and my victor's crown, this is how you must stand firm in the Lord, dear friends.
Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are convinced of better things in your case, things that point to salvation.
Dear friends, I urge you as aliens and exiles to keep on abstaining from the desires of the flesh that wage war against the soul.
Dear friends, do not be surprised by the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.
Dear friends, this is now the second of two letters I am writing to you, in which I have been trying to stimulate your pure minds by reminding you
Don't forget this fact, dear friends: With the Lord a single day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a single day.
So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to have the Lord find you at peace and without spot or fault.
And so, dear friends, since you already know these things, continuously be on your guard not to be carried away by the deception of lawless people. Otherwise, you may fall from your secure position.
Dear friends, I am not writing to you a new commandment, but an old commandment that you have had from the beginning. This old commandment is the word you have heard.
Dear friends, we are now God's children, but what we will be like has not been revealed yet. We know that when the Messiah is revealed, we will be like him, because we will see him as he is.
Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence in the presence of God.
Dear friends, stop believing every spirit. Instead, test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
Dear friends, let us continuously love one another, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born from God and knows God.
Dear friends, if this is the way God loved us, we must also love one another.
May peace be with you! Your friends greet you. Greet each of our friends by name.
Dear friends, although I was eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I found it necessary to write to you and urge you to continue your vigorous defense of the faith that was passed down to the saints once and for all.
But you, dear friends, must remember the statements and predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah.
But you, dear friends, must continue to build your most holy faith for your own benefit. Furthermore, continue to pray in the Holy Spirit.
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