A relationship of mutual trust and congeniality. The mutual affection and devotion of David and Jonathan exemplifies deep friendship (1Sam 18:1
; 1Sam 19:1
; 1Sam 20:17
; 2Sam 1:26
). The benefits and requirements of friendship are among the subjects addressed in Proverbs. Loyalty and steadfastness are marks of the true friend (Prov 17:17
; Prov 18:24
), but poverty or adversity often reveals people to be friends in name only (Prov 19:4
; Prov 6-7:4
). The special bond between God and a person chosen as God’s instrument is occasionally described as friendship. God spoke to Moses face-to-face, “as one speaks to a friend” (Exod 33:11
), and Abraham is called God’s friend (2Chr 20:7
; Isa 41:8
; Jas 2:23
). In the NT, Jesus’s effort to mirror God’s love and mercy even to religious outcasts earns him the epithet “a friend of tax collectors and sinners” (Matt 11:19
; Luke 7:34
). In the Gospel of John, two persons, Lazarus and the unnamed Beloved Disciple, are the objects of Jesus’s special affection (John 11:3
, John 11:36
, John 13:23
, John 19:26
, John 20:2
, John 21:7
, John 20
). Jesus says that his disciples are his friends if they do what he commands; he calls them friends because he has revealed to them what he heard from his Father (John 15:14-15
). Jesus also declares that the supreme manifestation of love is a person’s willingness to give his life for his friends (John 15:13
Jonathan's Covenant with David
1When David had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was bound to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own ... View more
Jonathan Intercedes for David
1Saul spoke with his son Jonathan and with all his servants about killing David. But Saul's son Jonathan took great delight in Dav ... View more
17Jonathan made David swear again by his love for him; for he loved him as he loved his own life.
26I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan;
greatly beloved were you to me;
your love to me was wonderful,
passing the love of women.
17A friend loves at all times,
and kinsfolk are born to share adversity.
24Some friends play at friendship
but a true friend sticks closer than one's nearest kin.
4Wealth brings many friends,
but the poor are left friendless.
1My child, if you have given your pledge to your neighbor,
if you have bound yourself to another,2you are snared by the utterance of your ... View more
11Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then he would return to the camp; but his young assistant, Joshua son of Nun, wo ... View more
7Did you not, O our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel, and give it forever to the descendants of your friend Abraham?
8But you, Israel, my servant,
Jacob, whom I have chosen,
the offspring of Abraham, my friend;
23Thus the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called the friend of God.
19the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by h ... View more
34the Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’
3So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.”
36So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”
23One of his disciples—the one whom Jesus loved—was reclining next to him;
26When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.”
2So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not ... View more
7That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jump ... View more
The Resurrection of Jesus
1Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed ... View more
14You are my friends if you do what I command you.15I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I hav ... View more
13No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends.