Aug 18, 2017 by Isabella Cox

17 Definitive Bible Verses About Marriage

Marriage is an incredibly important theme in the Bible. Our earthly marriages mirror the marriage between Christ and His Bride, the church. In marriage, we refine and grow in our relationship with God by practicing the selfless love that enhances this larger relationship between God and His people. To better understand biblicalmarriage, we've collected some of the most definitive verses about marriage in the Bible. 

The Bible is full of important instruction and insightful definitions of marriage and God's view of it, and whether you are single or currently married, you can benefit from this timeless wisdom! Enjoy: 

1. Genesis 2:23-24
"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.' That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh."

2. 1 Peter 3:7
"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."

3. Ephesians 5:22
"Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord."

4. 1 Corinthians 7:9
"But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion."

5. 1 Timothy 5:14
"So I counsel younger widows to marry, to have children, to manage their homes and to give the enemy no opportunity for slander."

6. Isaiah 54:5
"For your Maker is your husband-- the LORD Almighty is his name-- the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth."

7. Ecclesiastes 4:9
"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor."

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

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

10. 1 Peter 3:1
"Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives." 

11. 1 Corinthians 7:16
"How do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?"

12. Colossians 3:18 
"Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord."

13. Ephesians 5:33
"However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband."

14. 1 Peter 3:5-6
"For this is how the holy women of the past adorned themselves. They put their hope in God and were subject to their husbands, 6just as Sarah obeyed Abraham and called him lord."

15. Proverbs 12:4
"A wife of noble character is her husband's crown."

16. Hosea 2:19
"I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion."

17. Hebrews 13:4
"Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral."

Marriage is clearly very important to God, not only for the sake of sexual purity but for the spiritual edification of both husband and wife. Each are called to love one another in a way that glorifies God and casts aside self, and in this, we grow ever closer to Christ. 

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