Bible Verses for Relationships

Scriptures for Relationships, Dating, and Friendship

The Bible gives ample advice when it comes to relationships with friends and significant others. Here we have collected the best scriptures on relationships to guide you in being a good friend and lover. Read and reflect on the verses below on what God wants in our relationships and how to love one another as Jesus commanded.

Top Bible Verses for Relationships: Friendship

"Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another." (Proverbs 27:17)

"Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” (1 Corinthians 15:33)

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing." (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

Top Bible Verses for Relationships: Dating

"So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart." (2 Timothy 2:22)

"Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?" (2 Corinthians 6:14)

Find more scriptures in the collection below:

1 Corinthians 13:4-11 NIV

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.

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Genesis 2:18-24 NIV

18 The Lord God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him." 19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam no suitable helper was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man's ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. 23 The man said, "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called 'woman,' for she was taken out of man." 24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

Read Genesis 2

1 Corinthians 6:14-18 NIV

14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! 16 Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, "The two will become one flesh." 17 But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit. 18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.

Read 1 Corinthians 6

2 Corinthians 6:14-15 NIV

14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belial ? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?

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Romans 12:1-2 NIV

1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God-this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.

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Galatians 5:19-21 NIV

19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

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1 Peter 4:8-10 NIV

8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms.

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1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV

11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Read 1 Thessalonians 5

Proverbs 18:24 NIV

24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Read Proverbs 18

John 15:13 NIV

13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.

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Proverbs 27:17 NIV

17 As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

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Proverbs 17:17 NIV

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

Read Proverbs 17

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NIV

9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: 10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. 11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? 12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Read Ecclesiastes 4

1 Corinthians 15:33 NIV

33 Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character."

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Job 6:14 NIV

14 "Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.

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Proverbs 16:28 NIV

28 A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.

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Proverbs 13:20 NIV

20 Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.

Read Proverbs 13

Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV

24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

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Proverbs 22:24-25 NIV

24 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, 25 or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.

Read Proverbs 22

Proverbs 12:26 NIV

26 The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.

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2 Timothy 2:22 NIV

22 Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

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1 Corinthians 6:18 NIV

18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.

Read 1 Corinthians 6