Friend, Friendship



Friendship with Jesus depended on a common commitment of life with Him (Matt 12:46-50; John 15:14).

Perhaps the most notable instance of human friendship in the Bible is that of David and Jonathan (1 Sam 18:1-4; 19:1-7; 20:1-42; 2 Sam 1:25f.).

The highest friendship the Bible speaks of is friendship with God (2 Chron 20:7; Isa 41:8; James 2:23), whose direct opposite, enmity with God, is friendship with the world (James 4:4).

Bibliography H. Black, Friendship (1903); S. Dodds, Friendship’s Meaning and the Heart of God in Nature (1919), 7-43; G. Kittel, ed., TWNT, V (1954), 16-23.