Therapist claim many of the qualities the bible recommends we look for in friends as bad. I would rather put my trust in God and his Guidance then to trust how or what a friend should be. That being said this is a good list of scriptures for qualities we should look for in friends. These scriptures are pretty self explanatory. What you will notice about friends as the bible speaks of them they will not be afraid to correct each other spiritually and those who are real friends will not be afraid to point out a short coming a friend has this works to protect each other.
(Colossians 3:12-14) 12 Accordingly, as God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, clothe yourselves with the tender affections of compassion, kindness, humility, mildness, and patience. 13 Continue putting up with one another and forgiving one another freely even if anyone has a cause for complaint against another. Just as Jehovah freely forgave you, you must also do the same. 14 But besides all these things, clothe yourselves with love, for it is a perfect bond of union.
(Proverbs 27:17) 17 As iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens his friend. . .
(1 Samuel 23:16) Jonʹa·than the son of Saul now went out to David at Hoʹresh, and he helped him find strength in Jehovah.
(Hebrews 10:24, 25) And let us consider one another so as to incite to love and fine works, 25 not forsaking our meeting together, as some have the custom, but encouraging one another, and all the more so as you see the day drawing near.
(Proverbs 18:24) 24 There are companions ready to crush one another, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
(Proverbs 17:17) A true friend shows love at all times And is a brother who is born for times of distress.
(John 15:12, 13) 12 This is my commandment, that you love one another just as I have loved you. 13 No one has love greater than this, that someone should surrender his life in behalf of his friends.
Be very cautious of friends who flatter you a lot. personal experience has taught me these are the ones who will hurt and betray you the most.
(Proverbs 27:5, 6) 5 Open reproof is better than concealed love. 6 The wounds inflicted by a friend are faithful, But an enemy’s kisses are plentiful.
(Ecclesiastes 4:9, 10) 9 Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their hard work. 10 For if one of them falls, the other can help his partner up. But what will happen to the one who falls with no one to help him up?
(Proverbs 27:9) 9 Oil and incense make the heart rejoice; So does sweet friendship springing from sincere counsel.
when the bible says stupid one it is referring to a spiritually stupid person.
(Proverbs 13:19, 20) . . .But the stupid hate to turn away from bad. 20 The one walking with the wise will become wise, But the one who has dealings with the stupid will fare badly.
(Philippians 2:1-4) 2 If, then, there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any spiritual fellowship, if any tender affection and compassion, 2 make my joy full by being of the same mind and having the same love, being completely united, having the one thought in mind. 3 Do nothing out of contentiousness or out of egotism, but with humility consider others superior to you, 4 as you look out not only for your own interests, but also for the interests of others.
(Galatians 6:1, 2) 6 Brothers, even if a man takes a false step before he is aware of it, you who have spiritual qualifications try to readjust such a man in a spirit of mildness. But keep an eye on yourself, for fear you too may be tempted. 2 Go on carrying the burdens of one another, and in this way you will fulfill the law of the Christ.
(1 Thessalonians 5:14, 15) 14 On the other hand, we urge you, brothers, to warn the disorderly, speak consolingly to those who are depressed, support the weak, be patient toward all. 15 See that no one repays injury for injury to anyone, but always pursue what is good toward one another and to all others.
(Proverbs 22:24, 25) 24 Do not keep company with a hot-tempered man Or get involved with one disposed to rage, 25 So that you never learn his ways And ensnare yourself.