Friends and Enemies

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Synonyms:
Friends  –  allies, associates, companions
Enemies  –  adversaries, foes, opponents, opposition

An asterisk indicates a synonymous expression of “friend” or “enemy.”

Matthew 5:43, 44, 45  –  “You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…”

Matthew 10:35, 36 (quoting Micah 7:6 below)  –  “For I came to SET A MAN AGAINST HIS FATHER, AND A DAUGHTER AGAINST HER MOTHER, AND A DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AGAINST HER MOTHER-IN-LAW; and A MAN’S ENEMIES WILL BE THE MEMBERS OF HIS HOUSEHOLD.”

John 15:14  –  “You are My friends if you do what I command you.”

Galatians 4:16  –  “So have I become your enemy by telling you the truth?”

*1 Peter 5:8  –  “…Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

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2 Samuel 3:8 – “Then Abner was very angry over the words of Ish-bosheth and said, ‘Am I a dog’s head that belongs to Judah? Today I show kindness to the house of Saul your father, to his brothers and to his friends, and have not delivered you into the hands of David; and yet today you charge me with a guilt concerning the woman.'”

Job 6:14 – “For the despairing man there should be kindness from his friend; so that he does not forsake the fear of the Almighty.”

Psalm 27:11 – “Teach me Your way, O LORD, and lead me in a level path because of my foes.”

Psalm 35:19 (quoted in John 15:25 above) – “Do not let those who are wrongfully my enemies rejoice over me; nor let those who hate me without cause wink maliciously.”

Psalm 41:9  –  “Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me.”

Psalm 55:12, 13, 14  –  “For it is not an enemy who reproaches me, then I could bear it;
nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me, then I could hide myself from him.  But it is you, a man my equal, my companion and my familiar friend; we who had sweet fellowship together walked in the house of God in the throng.”

Micah 7:6 (quoted in Matthew 10:35-36 above)  –  “For son treats father contemptuously,
daughter rises up against her mother, daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own household.”

Zechariah 13:6  –  “‘…I was wounded in the house of my friends.'”

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