29 Important Bible Verses About Friendships Ending

Friendship is a precious thing. Whether you are a Christian or not, we all want to be friends with others.

The Bible speaks much about the importance of having good relationships with others.

This blog article will cover some Bible verses that speak about friendships;

Bible Verses About Friendships Ending

The Bible teaches us a lesson about friendship.

The verses below explain about a friend who loved your best and shared everything with you, but you stopped loving him in return.

 Proverbs 20:19 – Gossiping Is Evil

A gossip betrays confidence;
so avoid anyone who talks too much.

 Proverbs 20:19(NIV)

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Similar to how a tiny match may burn down a whole forest, the tongue is one of the smallest and most vulnerable body organs.

The proverb advises you to steer clear of flatterers because they are also frequently tale-tellers. Flattery is just lying; it corrupts relationships.

Your association with a gossiper will always bring striving; instead of getting involved in such, put an end to it, not in hatred, but forsake of peace and integrity.

Psalm 101:5-6 – Humility Is Key

Whoever slanders their neighbor in secret, I will put to silence; whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart, I will not tolerate. My eyes will be on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me; the one whose walk is blameless will minister to me.

Psalm 101:5-6(NIV)

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Every liar uses their triple tongue, and each liar causes those three fatal wounds. Such a person should be disconnected.

Such a person will not be allowed close to me. If you employ such a class of domestics or servants, you cannot maintain peace in your home and should not tolerate such people.

All virtues are built on a foundation of humility.

Disconnect from anyone who slanders you because he might put you in trouble. As the scriptures say, ‘ association of fools will lead to destruction.

Proverbs 16:28-29 – Don’t Be Violent

A perverse person stirs up conflict, and gossip separates close friends. A violent person entices their neighbor and leads them down a path that is not good.

Proverbs 16:28-29(NIV)

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Gossiping destroys friendships, families, churches, and businesses. A forward man is an evil, annoying, and unreasonable person.

He enjoys spreading false information about other people, including rumors, innuendos, and secrets. Given that God also despises such men, you are not alone in your hatred of them.

Please do not give in to gossip or make friends with people who engage themselves in such activities. End such friendship before it leads you to the part that is not good.

Psalm 109:2-5 – Hatred Kills Friendship

for people who are wicked and deceitful have opened their mouths against me; they have spoken against me with lying tongues. With words of hatred, they surround me; they attack me without cause. In return for my friendship, they accuse me, but I am a man of prayer.  They repay me evil for good, and hatred for my friendship.

Psalm 109:2-5(NIV)

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The danger of association with slanders is that they are deceitful and can cause pain to you by speaking evil about you to others. They are liars, and there is no truth found in them.

They are not happy with the good you do for them; they are not satisfied with the progress you make. This was the situation David found himself in, and he was in pain.

Have you found yourself in this situation? Have you been rewarded wrong with evil? Staying away from such a set of people is not a crime.

But ensure that you do not bear evil in your heart against them.

Instead, for your peace and that they may not cause you to sin… should be why you should end the such friendship and remain loving.

Matthew 5:29-30 – Sin Is Deadly

 If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. You should lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right-hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. You should lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.

Matthew 5:29-30(NIV)

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The context of our verse does not encourage us to harm ourselves physically, and the meaning of our verse moves beyond what we think it is.

In this, Jesus uses the terms body, eye, and hand to describe the attachment of people around us that can cause us to go astray in life and godly living.

Cutting off your hand means cutting off from people and things that are toxic to your life and character.

Checking your friends and ending those friendships that will lead to trouble and eternal damnation should be your concern.

Psalm 41:5-9 – Don’t Keep Malice

My enemies say of me in malice, “When will he die and his name perish?” When one of them comes to see me, he speaks falsely, while his heart gathers slander; then he goes out and spreads it around. All my enemies whisper together against me; they imagine the worst for me, saying, “A vile disease has afflicted him; he will never get up from the place where he lies.” Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned[a] against me.

Psalm 41:5-9(NIV)

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David frequently laments the rude behavior of his friends, that had turned themselves to be his ‘enemies’ toward him when he was ill, which could only be highly upsetting to him because it was so brutal of them.

Even though they had not yet reached the level of modern-day wickedness where they were poisoning his food and drink or giving him something to make him ill, they still insulted him while he was sick.

They did this to break his spirit, destroying his reputation and thus losing his interest.

Proverbs 1:10-13 – Stay Away From Sinful Men

My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them. If they say, “Come along with us;
let’s lie in wait for innocent blood, let’s ambush some harmless soul; let’s swallow them alive, like the grave, and whole, like those who go down to the pit; we will get all sorts of valuable things and fill our houses with plunder;

Proverbs 1:10-13(NIV)

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Solomon’s proverbs, Judge us to stay away from sinful friends who will always come to make a sin.

Those whose hearts are full of wicked thoughts and who carry out evil plans take away what belongs to another forcefully.

Our verse instructs us not to associate with such people, to stay away from them because they have nothing good to add to our life.

We are charged with the instruction not to ‘ give in to them. Their believer in Christ, do you give in to wrong counsel and easily enticed by false friends? Today separate yourself from them.

1 Corinthians 15:33  

Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”

1 Corinthians 15:33 ESV 

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Even the most devoted follower of Christ can become worn down by spending time with those who consistently propagate falsehood, including falsehood about the resurrection of believers.

Many often use the word ‘it doesn’t matter to justify their relationship with ungodly friends. Here, Paul urges us not to let our minds or people mislead us into believing so.

He pointed out that evil association terminates good behavior. So watch out for the company you keep.

Proverbs 26:24-26

Enemies disguise themselves with their lips, but in their hearts they harbor deceit. Though their speech is charming, do not believe them, for seven abominations fill their hearts.  Their malice may be concealed by deception, but their wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.

Proverbs 26:24-26(NIV)

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Solomon forbade meddling, deceptive humor, tale-telling, evil speech, entrapment, lying, and flattery.

These wicked men, whose acts are so cruel, usually disguise their true motives by making friendly gestures and using kind words.

The less significant context describes hypocrites who lie and claim to be friends but harbor seven abominations in their hearts.

The lesson here is not always to believe what you are told, especially regarding adoring remarks.

These liars and their hatred will be revealed to those who put their faith in God and obey His guidance.

Bible Verses About Losing Friends

The Bible contains many verses that offer guidance and comfort when we lose friends.

These verses can provide a source of strength and hope during difficult times, reminding us that God is always with us and that we are never truly alone.

Let us explore some of the most powerful and inspiring Bible verses about losing friends and how they can help us navigate this difficult experience’s challenges and emotions.

Proverbs 18:24

A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Proverbs 18:24 ESV 

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Depending on the translation, we learn that “a man who has friends must himself be friendly” or “a man who has too many friends will come to ruin,” both of which are true in their own right.

We are told that having many ‘fair-weather friends’ can make us vulnerable because their loyalty to us can fluctuate with feelings or change depending on the circumstances.

All translations agree that “there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother” and a friend who is loyal to us and will remain so no matter what we say or do.

They will encourage and support, assist, counsel, comfort, warn, and love us no matter what.

Psalm 34:17-20

When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the broken-hearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.

Psalm 34:17-20 ESV

David was aware from personal experience that those who love the Lord have their prayers heard by the Lord.

Our verse assures Christians that God always pays attention to the prayers of the just. He will hear us when we call out, no matter where we are or the situation we may be in.

When we are afflicted, rejected by our friends, or our hearts are broken by disappointment from people we trust, remember that God will deliver you and not let you experience another pain.

John 15:18-23

“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name because they do not know him who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. …

John 15:18-23 ESV

Jesus, in this verse, speaks about rejection from friends who will hate us not because of our wrongs but because we have decided to identify with Christ.

He encourages us to be worried because before, the people hated us; they hated him first.

We may lose friends and get rejected because we have refused to act according to the pattern of this present world.

How often do you feel bad at the rejection of friends? Understand that you have not been called according to the way of this world but according to the method of Christ.

Therefore when your friends reject you for the faith you have believed in, be comforted that you are not left by the Holy Spirit, who is the best friend of every believer.

Proverbs 27:4-6

Wrath is cruel, and anger is overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy? Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.

Proverbs 27:4-6 ESV

Envy is worse than anger, which is terrible. A short-lived rage can be destructive, but long-lasting bitterness is fueled by jealousy.

Men can become twisted by anger, but envy has a poisoned perspective on everything. Wrath can control emotions for a time, but jealousy can eat your soul until death.

There are two different types of friendships, love, and rebuke. You must learn to appreciate the good and hate the bad because one is superior to the other.

God gave Solomon the definition of true friendship and love for you. Correcting a friend who has sinned is true love; failing to do so is hatred.

2 Corinthians 12:9

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV 

Although the specifics of Paul’s “thorn” are unknown. God allowed His bond-servant to endure great suffering, peril, hardship, and rejection.

However, amidst all this adversity, the Lord spoke to Paul and comforted him with the words, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.”

Always remember that God’s grace is sufficient to bear when you lose friends. And when we think we are weak, His power is perfect in our weakness. The child of God is encouraged.

Matthew 10:22

And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

Matthew 10:22 ESV

The instructions Christ gave the disciples offer a glimpse into how people would be treated during the Church era.

Christ’s commission to the Twelve provides a glimpse into how the yet-to-be-formed Christian Church would be handled during the dispensation of grace.

Like the apostles, we are also sent out as sheep among wolves, necessitating the shrewdness of serpents and the innocence of doves of all God’s servants.

We will experience hardship in this world, but whenever we do, we should take solace in Christ, put our faith in His Word, and have no fear.

Philippians 4:19

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:19 ESV

We all enjoy quoting the verse, “My God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus,” as we celebrate the generous provision of our benevolent God, Who is overflowing with gracious mercy and bubbling with loving-kindness.

He never makes promises that He won’t keep, and His generosity inexhaustibly outweighs all other charity. Any of our needs are covered.

At the point where friends have rejected you or have refused to attain your request, know that God’s supply is made available to every need of yours.

You have one friend who is always attentive to your request- the HOLY SPIRIT – to Him and has your needs supplied.

Proverbs 17:17

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

Proverbs 17:17 ESV

No matter what, a true friend never disappoints. In times of need or difficulty, a faithful brother is always willing to assist.

These were a few words used by King Solomon to describe great brothers and friends. It would be best if you inquired as to whether you are such a friend and whether you have such friends.

Are you the right kind of friend? The first lesson of this adage is to look within to determine if you are the only kind of friend that matters.

What sort of pals do you have? The second lesson is to ensure you have the right friends by looking at who they are.

Do not lose hope in yourself when you lose a friend or get separated.

1 Corinthians 15:33

Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”

1 Corinthians 15:33 ESV 

Spending time with those who persistently spread lies, including lies about the resurrection of believers, can wear down even the most devoted child of God.

In this passage, Paul encourages us to resist being duped into thinking that by people or our minds.

He made the point that evil associations destroy good behavior. So be cautious about who you associate with.

Above all, please get to know when your friendship is becoming toxic and separate from such and we you do, have no regret, you did.

1 John 1:9

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:9 ESV 

Those who confess their sins are reassured that God will forgive and remove the impact of that sin on fellowship.

Even though this passage addresses Christians, John states that those who confess their sins are forgiven and cleansed.

Though believers are forgiven at the point of salvation, believers need to confess sin and receive forgiveness and cleansing.

Very clearly, a friendship that has influenced you negatively needs to be shunned because they have nothing to add to your life.

When such is ended, ask God for His forgiveness and be cleansed from every unrighteousness it has led you into.

Bible Verses About Friendships Falling Apart

Friendships are an essential part of life, but unfortunately, they don’t always last.

We’ll look at some Bible verses addressing the topic of friendships falling apart.

We’ll explore what the Bible has to say about dealing with the end of a friendship and how to move forward.

Whether you’re currently going through this challenging experience or want to be prepared for the possibility of the future, these Bible verses offer wisdom and guidance.

Psalm 41:9

 Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned against me.

Psalm 41:9 (NIV)

David declared that a close friend, with whom he had placed his trust and with whom he had shared his bread in private meals, had betrayed him.

This insider, David lamented, had lifted his heel against him, a symbol of David’s impending doom.

Betrayal is harmful, especially from someone we have shared moments with. In such a time, let’s put ourselves together and pray amid the pain.

Psalm 55:12-13

It is not an enemy who taunts me – I could bear that. It is not my foes who so arrogantly insult me – I could have hidden from them. Instead, it is you – my equal, my companion and my close friend. What good fellowship we once enjoyed as we walked together to the house of God.

Psalm 55:12-13(NLT)

David had faith in his close friend. The emotional pain would not have been as severe if a friend had betrayed him.

The individual was both his friend and his church brother. He regularly worshipped with that person.

Finding out that someone you adore violated your trust, disparaged you to others, especially if you are the group leader, or slandered your name is the most emotionally draining experience possible.

Nevertheless, hope for the best when your friendship is falling apart.

Proverbs 27:6

Faithful are the wounds of a friend;
    profuse are the kisses of an enemy.

Proverbs 27:6(ESV)

The proverb that goes with it is applicable. A loyal friend corrects and hurts you; an enemy kisses you without updating you.

The first is faithful because it is proof of genuine friendship; kisses are deceitful because they lack substance.

More favor and stronger friendship will result from rebuke than from worldly flattery.

But a friend who does not have you at heart will destroy you at every chance they have.

2 Corinthians 12:9

 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
2 Corinthians 12:9(NIV)

God made His bond-servant endure a great deal of pain, danger, adversity, and rejection.

The Lord comforted Paul amid this difficulty by saying, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.”

Always remember that when we lose friends, God’s grace is more than enough for us to bear.

He makes His power perfect in our weakness, even when we feel weak. God’s child, be encouraged.

When your friendship with people is apart, and you become emotionally downcast, know that God’s grace is there to keep you going.

Proverbs 16:28

 A dishonest man spreads strife,
    and a whisperer separates close friends

Proverbs 16:28(ESV)

A wayward man is a foul and unreasonable individual. He takes pleasure in disseminating untrue information about other people, including rumors, innuendos, and secrets.

You are not alone in your hatred of such men, for God also hates such men.

Please do not engage in friendship full gossip or give in to it. Stop such a friendship immediately before it takes you in the wrong direction.

Proverbs 17:17

A friend loves at all times,
    and a brother is born for adversity.

Proverbs 17:17(ESV)

In any situation, a true friend never lets you down. A true brother is always ready to help in times of need or difficulty.

Our verse described great brothers and friends in just a few words. You must ask yourself if you are such a friend or know any such friends.

Do you make the best kind of friends? This proverb’s first lesson is to ask yourself if you are the only kind of friend that matters.

Which kind of friends do you have? The second lesson is to assess your friends’ personalities to ensure you have the right friends.

Do not lose faith in yourself when you lose a friend or become estranged.

Proverbs 12:26

  A righteous one is a guide to his neighbor,
    but the way of the wicked leads them astray.

Proverbs 12:26(ESV)

People have easily led astray in a morally and spiritually dark world. Sin is frequently portrayed as glamorous and appealing in modern media.

The gullible are easily persuaded to engage in sinful behavior.

You have to behave like God’s sons. Although worldly men may amass wealth and live lavishly, they are rushing through the wide gate and down the broad road to destruction both now and in the future.

They may indulge in all manner of sensual pleasures with avarice. Ungodly friendships will fall apart.

And the reason is that wicked friends in such relationships aim to lure the righteous into sin.

Proverbs 18:24

A man of many companions may come to ruin,
    but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Proverbs 18:24(ESV)

It is said that having many “fair-weather friends” makes us vulnerable because their loyalty to us can change or fluctuate based on how they feel.

According to all translations of the phrase, ” there is a friend who is loyal to us and will continue to be, so no matter what we say or do, “there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”

No matter what, they will always love, support, comfort, help, guide, reassure, and warn us.

Proverbs 27:17

 Iron sharpens iron,
    and one man sharpens another.

Proverbs 27:17(ESV)

Good friends will improve you, according to this proverb. A good friend will enhance your intelligence, wit, and usefulness. Any friend won’t do, though.

Because only wise friends can help you become more discerning, good men care about other good men, and foolish friends will ruin and dull your life.


Dear reader, consider your friendship with people and when it is falling apart, look out for what could be the cause.

Maybe the separation is to save you from further pain. Be cheerful.


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