What Does the Bible Say about Marriage? Scriptures to Guide Relationships

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Bible Verses About Marriage and Love

Marriage is a sacred vow between a man and woman, to "become one flesh" as the scripture says. God's view of marriage is the divine plan for sexual relationships, to secure stable families and committed parents and spouses. The Bible provides numerous verses that give guidance for married couples, husbands, wives, newlyweds, and engagement. Scripture offers valuable wisdom and advises whether you are considering a dating relationship, planning a wedding, or finding your marriage struggling.  Let's take a look at a few of our favorite Bible verses about marriage and it's importance as a covenant bond between a man and woman.

Most of these Bible verses focus on love and are a wonderful way to express your feelings of love and commitment to your spouse. When you face moments of hurt and pain, which happen in all relationships, Scripture is also a good place to turn to. During a struggling marriage, it's easy to focus on what's wrong instead of stopping to listen to God and ask Him for guidance. If you are seeking God's healing for your marriage, these Bible verses can remind you of your love and purpose in your relationship. We've gathered Scriptures to help you express your desires, fears, and hopes concerning your marriage. 

A Prayer for Marriage

Father, help me to be the [husband/wife] you have intended me to be. Show me where I need to improve. Help me to be a better communicator, help me to love my [husband/wife] better, and help us both to grow closer to You and to each other. In Your presence, we renew our wholehearted choice to love. Bless this holy commitment with courage, strength, tenacity—and most of all joy! With You, we can build a successful marriage. In Your name, Amen.

Visit our sister site, Crosswalk.com for more prayers for marriage that can help you tune into what God's will is for your life and your marriage. May your marriage be strengthened and filled with love as you seek God's purpose for your relationship! We also offer a deeper dive into what the Bible says about marriage. The marriage guide at Crosswalk will cover many of your questions about Biblical marriage!

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Bible Verses about Marriage

Hebrews 13:4 - Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.

Proverbs 18:22 - He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.

Genesis 2:24 - Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 - Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

John 14:27 - Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

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Proverbs 21:9 - It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.

Proverbs 19:14 - House and wealth are inherited from fathers, but a prudent wife is from the Lord.

1 Peter 3:7 - Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.

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

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Scriptures Quotes for Husbands and Wives

Ephesians 5:25 - Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her

Ephesians 5:33 - However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

Genesis 2:18 - Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”

Matthew 19:4-6 - He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

Colossians 3:18-19 - Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.

1 Peter 4:8 - Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

Proverbs 31:10 - An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.

Mark 10:6-9 - But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

Romans 8:28 - And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

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Ephesians 5:22-33 - Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— for we are members of his body. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

1 Corinthians 7:2-11 - But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband. The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. I say this as a concession, not as a command. I wish that all of you were as I am. But each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that. Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I do. But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion. To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband. But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife.

Bible Quotes About Marriage and Sexual Morality

Bible Quotes About Marriage and Sexual Morality

Isaiah 62:5 - For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your sons marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.

Deuteronomy 24:5 - When a man is newly married, he shall not go out with the army or be liable for any other public duty. He shall be free at home one year to be happy with his wife whom he has taken.

Ecclesiastes 4:12 - And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Proverbs 12:4 - An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones.

Ephesians 5:31 - “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”

1 Corinthians 16:13 - Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.

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1 John 4:7 - Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.

Matthew 19:9 - And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.”

Matthew 5:32 - But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 - Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Mark 10:9 - What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.

Psalm 85:10 - Steadfast love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss each other.


Originally published July 29, 2020.