Verses From The Bible About Marriage

Why God created marriage

Marriage is meant to be a model of the relationship between Christ and His church. ( See Ephesians 5:31-33). Many of us look for a spouse to make us happy and to complete us, but I believe that marriage is meant to make us holy and to glorify God! Here are some verses from the Bible about marriage that point us to how this covenant created by God is supposed to be. If you are looking for Christian marriage quotes, look no further than to these key scriptures.

Marriage is the foundation of the family

Colossians 3:18-20 Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.  Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.  Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

Genesis 1:27-28 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” 

The role of the husband

Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life so that nothing will hinder your prayers. 1 Peter 3:7 (NIV)

Ephesians 5:25-29 (NIV) Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing. Or having cleansed 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.  

Ephesians 5:25-26 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing or “having cleansed” her by the washing with water through the word.

The role of the wife

Ephesians 5:33b (NIV) … and the wife must respect her husband.

Ephesians 5:22-24 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. Ephesians 5:22-24

Proverbs 31: 11-12 (KJV) Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. 
I Timothy 3:11 (KJV) “Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.”
Proverbs 18:22 (KJV) “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing and obtaineth favor of the Lord.”
Titus 2:5 (KJV) “To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”
1 Peter 3:5-6 (NIV) For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.

Unity

Ephesians 4:2-3: “With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

Ecclesiastes 4:9: “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor: 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. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?”

Love

Colossians 3:14: “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

1 Peter 4:8 Above all, love each other deeply because love covers over a multitude of sins.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV) Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 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. 
Song of Songs 8:6-7 (NIV) Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death,its jealousy oardor unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.8:6 Or fire, / like the very flame of the Lord
Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot sweep it away. If one were to give all the wealth of one’s house for love, it. Or he would be utterly scorned. 

Faithfulness

1 Corinthians 7:1-10 (NIV) Now for the matters you wrote about: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.”  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 or “widowers” 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.

1 Corinthians 7:1-10 (NIV) Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.

Commitment

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.”

Mark 10:9: “Therefore, what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

I may do another post on quotes from the Bible about marriage, but this is a good start if you are looking for direction for your current marriage or if you are looking for a spouse. If you are not already married, I think it is a good idea to know what the Lord expects from a husband and wife in a Godly relationship. God bless you. I pray these verses opened your eyes and changed your perception about what the Lord expects fro those of us in marriage!

 

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Comments

  1. Noemi says:

    Love this! Nice that these are all scripture. Perfect for reference.

    1. Amy Irvin says:

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Noemi!

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