Proverbs 17:17 states "A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity." Proverbs 18:24, 22:11, 20:6 and 22:24-25 are also Bible verses that talk about friendship. Proverbs 27:5-6 states "An open rebuke is better than hidden love! Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy." Proverbs 27:9 and 27:17 talk about counseling from good friends. Ecclesiastes 4:1, Proverbs 20:6 and 22:24-25 talk about being without friends.
1 Samuel 18:1-3, 20:17, 42 and 2 Samuel 1:26 illustrate the friendship between David and Jonathan. The Book of Ruth tells the story of Ruth's friendship with her mother-in-law Naomi.
Romans 5:10 tells of Jesus' sacrificial friendship for people. Throughout John, chapter 15, he uses the word friend to describe his love for his disciples. When he appeared to his disciples after the Resurrection, he says to them in John 21: "Friends, don't you have any fish?"
Philippians 4:1 is an example of how the apostle Paul calls his readers friends. He uses the word friend to address his readers throughout his writings, as well as to mention individuals who are close to him.
The author of John's epistles uses the phrase "Dear friends" repeatedly to address his audience.