24 Bible Verses For Husbands To Know

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There are so many Scripture passages that talk about not only husbands but both husbands and wives. There are many different elements and teachings about being a husband according to Scripture that men should be able to know and understand what God expects of us (men that are husbands). There are thoughts from both the old and new testaments that show men that we need to be the head of our households. It is beyond the scope of this article to articulate this fully and I certainly am not talking about men being dictators or anything like that but God gives us responsibilities (as men) that we are to take seriously. We are clearly instructed to love our wives and given the example of that way that Jesus loves His bride (the church). I have selected 4 different categories of verses about husbands. Meditate on these words from God’s word…

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.”

Bible Verses About Husbands and Love

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

Ephesians 5:28  In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.

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

Colossians 3:14  And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

Colossians 3:19  Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.

Scriptures About How to Live Within A Marriage

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.

Proverbs 1:8  Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching,

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

Two are better than one ...

Two are better than one …

Ecclesiastes 4:9-11  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?

Song 7:7-12 Your stature is like a palm tree, and your breasts are like its clusters. I say I will climb the palm tree and lay hold of its fruit. Oh may your breasts be like clusters of the vine, and the scent of your breath like apples, and your mouth like the best wine. It goes down smoothly for my beloved, gliding over lips and teeth.  I am my beloved’s, and his desire is for me.  Come, my beloved, let us go out into the fields and lodge in the villages; let us go out early to the vineyards and see whether the vines have budded, whether the grape blossoms have opened and the pomegranates are in bloom. There I will give you my love.

Matthew 5:28  But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

1 Corinthians 7:2  But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband.

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.

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.

Words From Jesus About Divorce

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.

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.”

Verses About The Husband Being the Head of the Home

Genesis 3:16 To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”

1 Corinthians 11:19  for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized.

Ephesians 5:23  For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.

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

Titus 2:5  to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.

1 Peter 3:1  Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives,

1 Peter 3:6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening.

I have been a husband for almost 20 years and I love my wife more every day and every year. If you are a husband my prayer for you is that you know what God has to say about being a husband and that you would seek to stay true to your calling as a Christian by listening to and “doing” what the word of God says we are to do. Being a good husband does not come automatically when we say, “I do” at a wedding ceremony. Being a biblical husband takes work and the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives to love our spouse in the way we need to. Maybe you have fallen short and you are reading this article because you know you have messed up. Ask forgiveness of God and then ask forgiveness of your wife and seek the help of God to change and love her in the way we are instructed to love. It will be so worth it.

Want to read more about what the Bible says about husbands? Take a look at this article:

The Role of the Husband in a Christian Marriage

Resource – The Holy Bible, English Standard Version “Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.” YouTube video “Lead Me” by Sanctus Real

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Rev,Fr.Theresenathan June 12, 2013 at 12:40 pm

dear good to know some scriptural text to guide the couple in todays context. it is really helpful for ministers of the word of god.

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ANSGAR MARY July 1, 2015 at 1:10 pm

My sister is living with us for the past 8 years. I and my husband separated her from her husband. I have 2 children. She dont have children. Shall I get her property and her jewels? or allow her to live with her husband?

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Jack Wellman July 1, 2015 at 1:56 pm

I would talk to your pastor about this. Do you have a legal right to own these things? Why couldn’t she live with her husband? They are not divorced are they? Aren’t they still married? I guess I’m a bit confused here. Could you please tell me more? thank you.

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pocahontas June 14, 2013 at 6:40 pm

I like this 1 because it tells us how we should treat our husbands and wives

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Poonam Gangurde December 27, 2015 at 9:54 pm

Hello I am poonam Gangurde, working as a teacher. I live in a joint family (that include mother in law, father in law, brother in law, his wife and his son)since last 12 years of marriage .
Even I have two children one boy and one girl. Son is 2 years old and daughter is 9 years old.
For last 2 years we made the construction just above the ground floor. Now my wish is to get separated live an independent life with my family just above the ground floor, in that case we will not go far as well as we will maintain good relationship.
I am worried my husband is giving so many reasons for not getting separated, even my mother in law who takes all major decision, not ready to utter a single word of separation may be she is worried about her power in house. But in this I am missing my all good moments of life that I should have. I and husband have daily clashes, I am not able to give time to my kids and to myself, I am not able to fulfill my dreams.
Please suggest me what should I do.

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Jack Wellman December 28, 2015 at 11:21 am

I am so sorry for where your marriage is at right now. What does God teach in His Word about annulments and divorce? You must realize that you do not have biblical grounds for divorce as he has not committed adultery. Paul teaches that “To the married I give this charge (not I, but the Lord): the wife should not separate from her husband” (1st Cor 7:10) and “if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he should not divorce her. 13 If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him” (1st Cor 7:12-13). Pray for this lost man. Talk to your pastor if you haven’t already done so and if not, why haven’t you spoken with him? Jesus died for us while we were still His enemies and wicked sinners (Rom 5:8, 10) and did not depend on His feelings. You mentioned “you feel” quite often but feelings are not sufficient grounds for divorce. I wish I could help you more but I must stay with what the Bible teaches. You said you “miss all your good moments of life that you should have” but the Bible doesn’t promise happiness but Jesus said the way will be hard and difficult and the road that leads to life narrow and “FEW” will find it. Your dreams are important but God’s will and His Word is supreme and you have no grounds for divorce.

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Dion Johnson December 29, 2015 at 4:10 pm

I have been in an abusive relationship for over 10 years. I have prayed time and time again for his salvation, remorse, and love and time and time again I forgive him as the bible instructs me to. During this time we have had 3 children and the abuse has started to affect them. He has not worked most of the time we have been together, he has made decisions that have effected the entire family to include buthe are not limited to illegal acts and now that we are separated once again I do not want to feel guilty for divorcing him because I have not caught him cheating. What are your thoughts?

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Jack Wellman December 29, 2015 at 5:43 pm

I am so sorry for such heartache Mrs. Johnson. What kind of abuse is it you’re speaking about? Is it physical or verbal or both? There is no biblical grounds from what you told me. What else can you do since you don’t have grounds for divorce from Jesus’ teaching? I would speak with your pastor about this. Have you spoken to him already and if not, why not?

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Beth February 16, 2016 at 2:02 pm

Hi. I guess i dnt understand why weeping sorrow unhappiness and bitterness seems to be the christian wifes portion. Before we married my husband took me to his church( Jehovha Witness)he led me to believe he feared God. Married now 3yrs he sleeps out, drunk everyday. Thinks being a husband is paying rent and grocery wich dont even last to monthend. He doesnt tell me anything, there is so much pain.I have to ask him to pray for us and he does a 1 minute rehearsed prayer? What did i do to get such a man. Am i being punished for something? Does submission mean i keep quiet as he drowns us in uneccessary debt while we go nowhere? I pray for him but dont understand why men are so lazy spiritually. As a pastor yourself how would you advise me

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Jack Wellman February 16, 2016 at 2:40 pm

Thank you Beth for your comment and question. I am so very sorry for such heartache. I am not sure if the pastor is still answering this, but I am a pastor and the senior writer here, although no more qualified than Pastor Evans but let me say first of all, a Jehovah Witness is not a Christian. I know this sounds harsh but we must speak the truth in love and JW are not Christian so you’re husband is not really saved, in all likelihood. For example, they see Jesus as a created being, and not as an everlasting, always-existing eternal God. By the way, due to his repeated adultery, you appear to have biblical grounds for divorce. I think you should tell your husband this and approach his church about it, including their so-called “pastor” of the JW “church.” Not all mean are lazy spiritually, are they? I would think not but anyway, here’s more about the JW and why you need to get out of there ASAP for it you don’t have the right Jesus, you don’t have the right savior. Please read this: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/what-do-jehovahs-witnesses-believe/

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Sara July 12, 2016 at 5:26 pm

I was in a devoted marriage, but fell away after awhile. After children and going through some very difficult times, we sat and talked in detail about MY indiscretions. It was at that time, I found out he had another interest, but had resisted any questionable contact. We’ve been reconciling our marriage and growing closer over the past 18 months. We date again. We sometimes pray together, but it is on me and not habit (yet). He is a better father than he had ever been. Just a month ago I asked if he ever wrote her and he said “Yes, I try to regularly”. I was shocked and hurt and I snooped, and found out he has bought her gifts, flowers and wrote her love notes. When I questioned him about it, he reminded me of all my wrong doings and said he was just being kind to another person. He still wants to be married to me, but acts like he has rights to be in touch with others. I’m not sure if he needs a stronger relationship with God, if he is retaliating (in a sense) or if there is any chance for us. I’m a prayer warrior now, and feel content staying in the marriage if that is God’s will, but I feel kind of like a fool for his actions.

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Nahomi November 25, 2016 at 12:45 pm

I’m a married woman for last 12 years and blessed with kids. My husband is a believer but he is jobless since 5 years and I’m the only the bread winner for my family. My husband spends a lot of his time on phone calls and usually he attend the calls in private when I’m not around. Every day he spends 1-2 hours on phone call, and this has been continuing for 3 years, whenever I ask him to know, whom he calls so much, he does not like to reveal it to me. Seeing his behaviour I get upset.
I suggested him that he should go and stay with that person as the maximum time he spends is on the phone.
My kids are also seeing these things (the arguments).
I am stressed with many things -job, kids, household work etc,
I tried to ignore but seeing him following the same routine so rigorously, makes me frustrated.
Please suggest ..what to do if he not willing to change?

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Jack Wellman November 25, 2016 at 1:01 pm

Have you talked with your pastor about this? Would your husband be willing to go to counseling with you? Have you asked for the prayers of the saints in your church, even if it’s “unspoken needs?” I suggest you try all of these things. Does he like going to church with you? Or do you all even attend? Have you ever told him just what you have written here?

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Omar fountain February 6, 2017 at 1:13 am

Me and my wife have been together for 21 years. We have been married 6 of those years. I have cheated she has cheated more but i love my wife. How do i get my wife back. I fight and pray about it everyday. I am seeking God’s help now. I have tried it my way and it is not working. Now that i am the man He intended me to be in not putting away may wife, it seems she will never come back home. I repented my sins and sometimes i cry because my wife doesn’t see His vision of marriage. I have to have faith that my marriage works out. I am asking the world to help me reach God and pray for me and my wife that we come together like God intended us to. My fight will last forever in Jesus name Amen

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Jack Wellman February 6, 2017 at 8:21 am

Have you both tried to get counseling with your pastor. Is your wife a Christian? You cannot make someone do what you want to do…only show them unconditional love and continue in prayer and ask your church members to pray for you as an “unspoken need” to keep your prayer request private. I will be in prayer with you sir.

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Omar fountain February 6, 2017 at 1:29 am

I love my my wife and i need serious help. Please pray for my family. Amen

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Omar fountain February 6, 2017 at 1:33 am

My family is falling apart. God please save my marriage . people help me pray

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