What Are Some Bible Scriptures on Family and Friends?

Some Bible scriptures on family and friends are Proverbs 18:24, Proverbs 17:17, Matthew 12:48-50, 1 Timothy 5:8, Galatians 6:2, Exodus 20:12 and Proverbs 22:6. The concept of friendship is conveyed in the popular verses Proverbs 18:24 and Proverbs 27:6. Biblical verses on family and friends appear in both the Old Testament and New Testament.

Proverbs 18:24 is interpreted by Christians to mean that close friendships with human beings can end, but a personal friendship with Jesus Christ is everlasting. Proverbs 17:17 says, "A friend loves at all times, but a brother is born for adversity." This verse stresses the importance of familial ties, and sends the message that families should stick together through tough times.

Matthew 12:48-50 states that Christians who honor Christ's teachings and carry out his teachings are all family in heaven. Christians often refer to each other as brothers or sisters in Christ, because the Bible stresses the importance of showing compassion to everyone regardless of blood ties.

1 Timothy 5:8 is interpreted by Christians to mean any Christian that turns his back on his family is worse than an unbeliever. Hence it advises that Christians should strive to provide for their family members.

Galatians 6:2 says, "Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." This New Testament verse is interpreted by Christians to mean that they should help each other through trials and tribulations because Jesus Christ commanded they love each other.

Exodus 20:12, the fifth of the Ten Commandments, is a command from God to honor father and mother. The command includes a blessing for long life. This commandment to respect father and mother is the only one of the Ten Commandments that includes such a blessing.

Proverbs 22:6 is a proverb for the leaders of the family unit, in which Solomon states that training a child for God's path allows the child to stay faithful even in old age. Elsewhere in Proverbs, Solomon writes in a way that shows his own high regard for friendship. "Friendship can be so deep, he says, that true friend will be closer than a brother" (Proverbs 18:24). Also, Proverbs 27:6 states that wounds from a friend are faithful, for a true friend desires the good of his friend.

Both concepts, family and friendship, are of great importance in the Bible. Though the cultures of the people of the Bible are much more communal in family and friendship than people in some modern individualized and developed cultures, the Bible's principles on both topics can still be of great benefit in the modern context.