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The bitter experience of the absence of friendship, leading to a sense of isolation and despair. It is often blamed on the faithlessness of others or even on God himself.

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The experience of friendlessness

The darkness of being alone

Psalm 88:18 ESV
You have caused my beloved and my friend to shun me; my companions have become darkness.
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Contempt and rejection

Psalm 31:11–12 ESV
Because of all my adversaries I have become a reproach, especially to my neighbors, and an object of dread to my acquaintances; those who see me in the street flee from me. I have been forgotten like one who is dead; I have become like a broken vessel.
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Hatred and loathing

Job 19:13–19 ESV
“He has put my brothers far from me, and those who knew me are wholly estranged from me. My relatives have failed me, my close friends have forgotten me. The guests in my house and my maidservants count me as a stranger; I have become a foreigner in their eyes. I call to my servant, but he gives me no answer; I must plead with him with my mouth for mercy. My breath is strange to my wife, and I am a stench to the children of my own mother. Even young children despise me; when I rise they talk against me. All my intimate friends abhor me, and those whom I loved have turned against me.
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Slander and conspiracy

Psalm 31:13 ESV
For I hear the whispering of many— terror on every side!— as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life.
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Examples of friendlessness


1 Kings 19:10 ESV
He said, “I have been very jealous for the Lord, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away.”

Jesus Christ

Mark 14:50 ESV
And they all left him and fled.
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The prodigal son

Luke 15:16 ESV
And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything.

The lame man at the pool of Bethesda

John 5:7 ESV
The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.”


2 Timothy 4:16 ESV
At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them!
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The undesirability of friendlessness


Cultivating true friends is the way to avoid friendlessness

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