Bible Verses About Marriage: 20 Great Scripture Quotes

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The earliest use of the English word “marriage” dates back to the 13th century [1]. Marriage by God’s design is the union of one man and one woman (Genesis 2:18).  Some say that it is the ceremony (wedding) that makes the man and woman married;  God’s word tells us that it is the joining of flesh that makes the marriage (Genesis 2:24).  Here are twenty great Scripture quotes about marriage.

Hosea 2:19 And I will betroth you to me forever. I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love and in mercy.

God’s Plan for Marriage

Genesis 1:27-28 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.  And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Bible Verses About Marriage

Let marriage be held in honor among all

Genesis 2:21-25 So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

Malachi 2:14,15  But you say, “Why does he not?” Because the LORD was witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant.

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.

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.

Children Given for Marriage

Genesis 29:22,23 So Laban gathered together all the people of the place and made a feast. But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and he went in to her.

Judges 1:12 And Caleb said, “He who attacks Kiriath-sepher and captures it, I will give him Achsah my daughter for a wife.” And Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother, captured it. And he gave him Achsah his daughter for a wife.

1 Samuel 17:25 And the men of Israel said, “Have you seen this man who has come up? Surely he has come up to defy Israel. And the king will enrich the man who kills him with great riches and will give him his daughter and make his father’s house free in Israel.”

1 Samuel 18:20,21 Now Saul’s daughter Michal loved David. And they told Saul, and the thing pleased him. Saul thought, “Let me give her to him, that she may be a snare for him and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him.” Therefore Saul said to David a second time, “You shall now be my son-in-law.”

Popular Bible Marriages/Weddings

Genesis 24:67 Then Isaac brought her into the tent of Sarah his mother and took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.

1 Samuel 25:40-42 When the servants of David came to Abigail at Carmel, they said to her, “David has sent us to you to take you to him as his wife.” And she rose and bowed with her face to the ground and said, “Behold, your handmaid is a servant to wash the feet of the servants of my lord.” And Abigail hurried and rose and mounted a donkey, and her five young women attended her. She followed the messengers of David and became his wife.

Ruth 4:13 So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife. And he went in to her, and the LORD gave her conception, and she bore a son.

Esther 2:16-18 And when Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus, into his royal palace, in the tenth month, which is the month of Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign, the king loved Esther more than all the women, and she won grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins, so that he set the royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. Then the king gave a great feast for all his officials and servants; it was Esther’s feast. He also granted a remission of taxes to the provinces and gave gifts with royal generosity.

Luke 2:4,5 (KJV) And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

John 2:1,2 On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples.

What the Earthly Marriage Symbolizes

Isaiah 54:5 For your Maker is your husband,  the LORD of hosts is his name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer,  the God of the whole earth he is called.

Ephesians 5:23,24,32 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. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.

Revelation 19:7-9 Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself  with fine linen, bright and pure”— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.”

Revelation 21:9-14 Then came one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues and spoke to me, saying, “Come, I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb.”And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God, its radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. It had a great, high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and on the gates the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel were inscribed—on the east three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

Christian Quotes About Marriage

“Marriage is an exclusive union between one man and one woman, publicly acknowledged, permanently sealed, and physically consummated.” ~ Selwyn Hughes

“The monstrosity of sexual intercourse outside marriage is that those who indulge in it are trying to isolate one kind of union (the sexual) from all the other kinds of union which were intended to go along with it and make up the total union.”  ~ C.S. Lewis

A man doesn’t own his marriage; he is only the steward of his wife’s love.”  ~ Edwin Louis Cole (Ed Cole)

“God created marriage. No government subcommittee envisioned it. No social organization developed it. Marriage was conceived and born in the mind of God.”  ~ Max Lucado

“Fifty-fifty marriages are an impossibility. They do not work. They cannot work. In marriage someone has to be the final decision maker. Someone has to delegate responsibility, and God has ordained that this should be the husband. ~ Wayne Mack


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.”

The Holy Bible, King James Version

Source: [1] Song ” I Will Be Here For You”- Michael W. Smith

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Kevin March 27, 2015 at 1:10 pm

Good morning, although I’m a wreck personally recently my wife told me that you wanted a divorce and that there’s nothing that I can do because she is tired and has no more to give.I feel lost my wife was my world she’s my air and you can’t live without airI have all hope and faith that I can fix this and make our marriage workI know she still loves me but I don’t know what to do advice please thank you best regards Kevin


Taylor March 30, 2015 at 9:48 am

Please seek assistance from your church home via pastor, counselor etc.

God bless your marriage


Samson July 26, 2015 at 2:19 pm

Hello everyone, I am Samson, 18 years of Age.. i am from West Africa Nigeria, I have been suffering All my life things haven’t been going on well for me.. i seek assistance from anyone who has a Kind Heart to please come and Help or get me out of here.. I need a Good Fearing Man/Woman Who’s Kind, Caring and love to have New people in there Life..

Please i seek for Help, God Bless you all


Venus Miasco June 10, 2015 at 1:22 am

Mark 10:6-9 6 “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them MALE and FEMALE.’ 7 ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, 8 and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one. 9 Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”


MaryJ June 30, 2015 at 4:54 pm

I’m broken. My husband of 25+ years has packed some of his things and left me today. Please pray for him, I am a Christian and he is not, I know God will work this out for me but not sure that my husband will not be taken over by guilt. He refuses to see a therapist,


Pamela Rose Williams June 30, 2015 at 5:02 pm

Hello MaryJ, I am sorry for your situation. I will pray for both you and your husband. God is in control and I pray that the outcome only gives glory to Him.


Jack Wellman July 26, 2015 at 4:19 pm

Thank you for your comment Samson at What Christians Want to Know. I will certainly pray for your need, I wished that we could help you so all we can do is ask for God’s help. Maybe you can talk to your pastor or find a local Christian church to help you as you will find godly friends in local churches.


gold September 5, 2015 at 5:19 am

may God bless you soul fo allowing urselves to be used to bless people.
am happily married but my best friend is yet to be married. she is a good christain and a nice lady who hasnt mess up herself. pls help me pray for her . God bless you


baguma david September 5, 2015 at 6:34 am

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jashar D swain September 8, 2015 at 5:36 pm

Hi my name is jashar swain my wife recently told me she wants a divorce my hart can’t take the pain right now I pray and ask God to bless our merige and make us whole again she is my better half and I can not loose her pleas pray for us we need it so bad right now


Jack Wellman September 8, 2015 at 9:40 pm

Praying my dear brother in Christ. I am so very, very sorry for your heartache. I pray others will join with me in praying for your marriage sir.


Ethan Solomon October 11, 2019 at 12:13 am

Just found this. How did it all work out?


Fiancee x2 November 7, 2015 at 1:19 am

I am in between two gentlemen that would like to marry me. No, I’m not sexually involved with them at the moment. One is from my past and the other is my present. My current mate (of 2yrs) is good to me, loving but has been doing things to make me question our relationship, the trust, the respect has been tarnished. I also feel that he is emotional unstable and that worries me. My past mate (of 15yrs), loved me but wasn’t always able express it and also made mistakes. He is now realizing that he should’ve made a better effort to maintain what I was trying to build the whole, especially because we have a 13yr old daughter together. The both have pros and cons, and I feel that marriage is something not to take lightly at all, so this decision is driving me insane, and I don’t want to hurt any of them. I pray for the Lord to show me signs and sometimes I think I see them and have a decision then sometimes I go back to being confused…


Jack Wellman November 7, 2015 at 3:47 pm

I know you are in a valley of indecision right now. Have you talked with your own pastor about this? You already have a lack of trust and concerns about his stability in the first gentleman. It sounds like you prefer the second gentleman. Was he your first husband or were you never married to either? Pray, talk to your pastor, and trust God.


Erastone Gwangwazu January 18, 2016 at 1:47 pm

i have lean i thin my family will strong am still single


EDWIN MARIBHA January 20, 2016 at 5:57 am

to those who are in pain ,very sorry and be blessed.


Husband February 14, 2016 at 9:07 am

I am a man who somewhat knew Christ growing up then joined the military live not a perfect life got married to my child’s mother to try and do the right thing but ended up not working out. Later I learned more about finding someone evenly yoked. After being single and raising my child I have sole custody I met a woman at my church. However, within the time we dated over a year all I knew of was her biological parents had died when she was an adult and she had been raised back and forth through foster care system and calls still to this day one of them mother. The foster woman is nice but when I look at how my mother loves me I don’t really see her give my wife motherly love. I mean love is there but more like that of really good friendship but with stipulations makes me very sad. My wife now has told me she wants to do the same thing as per trying to be a foster parent to foster children but I have told he we have five children from being a blended family. I was injured a couple years ago as well and forced me to retire from the military additionally agrivating my wife because she wanted us to possibly have children but since I have a hard time walking I told her I don’t want to have no more children because I am worried about me being able to be there for he child. We been married 4+ years and have gone to 4 counsellors who have diagnosed her with ADHD, and some other underlying mental issues, and I found out recently both her biological mother and father suffered from schizophrenia, manic depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety/ panic attacks. My wife has some of the traits and each time we go to counselor she stops going when they say she needs to see them more and have further evaluation. The last marriage counselor I still see even though my wife no longer goes. Yesterday my wife told me if I do not allow her to bring a foster care child with mental problems which could cause harm to both our children she would leave and divorce me. I have been trying hard not to give up on my marriage because we promise for better or worse but the enemy is really driving my wife please pray for her and us. Thank you


ROSALYN KAMARA October 8, 2016 at 6:36 pm

I am sure that your marriage can be restored. You need to pray and fast and try to revive your life with her. Wives need motivation and feel loved by their husbands. Jesus can do it for you. Don’t give up.


Larry November 2, 2016 at 1:14 pm

My name is Larry. I have been married, and my Wife had left me. And got the divorce. My I wanted to work things out. She wouldn’t hear of it. So am I held accountable for her actions by God because of her actions


Jack Wellman November 2, 2016 at 1:23 pm

Every one of us will have to give an account “for himself” in their life at the judgment. No, sir, you are not responsible for your ex-wife’s sin of divorcing without good cause, like for adultery. If your ex-wife remarries, she is committing adultery. I will pray for her soul. And for God to comfort you my brother. I am so sorry for such tragic heartbreak.


zairoKhaye February 22, 2017 at 10:41 am

Hi good day! I would like to get some advice. I’m just turning 27 and got married when I was 19. I just gave birth to our first son last year and turning one this coming June 2017. My husband is out of Job and looks after our kid at night since im on a graveyard. I am irregularly physically abused by him but regularly emotionally abused. This has happened for the past years. I told him to get separate but he wouldnt agree. I am planning to sue him under our law of Violence against women and children but thinking in so many times if I will continue because I dont want a broken family. I am being cat call, public or in front of our friends. I am disabled, one eye is blind and he keeps on telling me that I am incompetent and blind and ugly and not rich. even in front of my 8month old kid he will definitely yell and put profanity words every single day. we are childhoon lovers and been together for 14 yrs. 8 yrs of it is out marriage. he never celebrate birhtdays, anniversary of our love he will never do that. he is blaming me of my past MISTAKES by seeing and drinking with my friends, I was smoking and he didnt like that reason for him beating me before hes conservative. I cheated on him 10 yrs ago but i didnt see the men and only like a text message. I was caught getting money from my payroll atm since my card is on him and blaming me doing shopping for food and things that I dont really need. please help. he has a gun and im scared little by little and scared too if he will get opur baby thank you


Jack Wellman February 22, 2017 at 12:20 pm

This man is a criminal and needs to face the authorities which God has ordained for things like this (Rom 13:1-7). You are not to blame for his past…I would call the police or constable where you live right now. Get this documented. You need to get out of that situation right now. I too fear for your life. You have every right, even according to the Bible, to turn this man in. This man sounds no more saved than the man on the moon (read 1 John chapter 3) so let’s pray for his soul too because God can change a heart (Prov 21:1), and He is the only one who can.


Brooke March 20, 2017 at 3:32 pm

Hello everyone! Happy Spring! I am seeking opinions and advice on getting married. My fiance and I are engaged and our living situation is about to change again. I am currently in college and was living on campus and coming home to our house (2 hours away) during weekends and breaks. We weren’t getting along very well a year ago and so I got an apartment with a girl right across the street from campus and have been staying there the last year and took classes all year long (even summer). The year before I went to college when we moved in together, I felt God had told me no, not to move in with him yet. When we moved in together, we were seeing each other for about 8 months but I knew when I came home on breaks, I would be staying with him and not at all at my grandparents’ which is where I was staying beforehand. So I felt I disobeyed God. And when we weren’t getting along a year ago, I prayed and prayed to God about the apartment across the street and He granted that to me. Well things are better between us now and we are engaged and at the end of this semester, I am moving back up home and will be staying on campus in the fall again. We both go to an OPC church and believe and have said we don’t want to live together again until we are married. Well now we are engaged, and I’m coming home for the summer but I feel like God isn’t happy with the living arrangement after all this. We were going to wait a year or two to get married but I expressed to my fiance how I feel about it and what God has revealed to me and he said he doesn’t feel that way because we made the step and have the intent in our hearts to marry. But it just doesn’t feel right. I feel like I will be disobeying God AGAIN. Yesterday we talked about doing it sooner rather than later but we wouldn’t be able to afford an extravagant wedding but that’s ok .. I guess that’s in God’s plan for us. That would make me happy if we got married in may or june as soon as i came home for summer because then we wouldn’t be living in sin for a year or two comparably. The other weight with why marriage is crucial is because we can’t turn away from our sexual immortality. We once had a pastor who told us a year and a half ago that if we couldn’t turn away from that sin, we should get married as a way of turning away from it. Any thoughts, suggestions, and comments are appreciated for this emotional turmoil inside. God has been revealing answers slowly but surely and maybe this is a chance for another one. He lead me here. Thank you!


Jack Wellman March 20, 2017 at 4:09 pm

I think the pastor was telling you that if you insist on living together in sin, then you should get married, but the bigger issues is, even if you’re engaged, that doesn’t give us permission to have sex outside of marriage, and that hurts your witness. No one who lives in sexual immorality can have any lasting peace of mind about their salvation, because if we live in sin, and claim to be a Christian, we might be deceiving ourselves (Read 1 John chapter 3). Paul said it is better to marry than to burn with passion, but that didn’t mean you can keep on burning with passion if your engaged. Please, make sure the sex outside of marriage ends today. If you don’t, God will not bless that relationship.


Shirley August 15, 2017 at 4:22 pm

Have been married for 18 years, the last 2 no intimacy whatsoever not even a hug, i didn’t know why except that he was heavy into porn but felt he still loved me. I trusted him 100% and in a discussion i told him that, well boy was that a mistake. I Came Home From A Friends Funeral To Find Him In Our Bed With A Prostitute!!! He Later Said Because You Trusted Me I Though I Wouldn’t Get Caught And You Would Never Suspect. I Felt Like He Had Stuck A Knife In My Back And Broke My Heart In Unrpairable Pieces. We Are Going To Counseling But He Doesnt REmember A Thing THat Is Said When We Leave. i Feel LIke i Am Banging My Head Against A wall. Contemplating Divorce But I Love HIm just HUrt so Much I Dont Know What To Do. I Cry Almost EVery DAy TO think He Would DIsrespect TO this degree! Please HElp me!!!!!


Jack Wellman August 15, 2017 at 4:38 pm

Hello Shirley. You are already doing all that you can. I would request prayer from your church as an “unspoken needs” but I pray that this is not the end of your marriage and that your husband would repent. Has he ever trusted in Christ? Does he go with you to church?


Pauline belinda October 10, 2017 at 10:53 am

I was married for 7yrs, not church but been living together and have 2 kids. We had so many marital problems and infidelity was involved, both sides like a pay back thing. I was kicked out. Its now one year down the line , case of children custody in court. I’m now born again. But my husband doesn’t want me back and I have also given up the marriage. Does it mean I will never be married again.


Pastorjoe OGBODO August 24, 2018 at 7:31 am

A marriage that is between life and death what do you advise the person to do


Jack Wellman August 24, 2018 at 9:18 am

Marriage is until death do us part, but what do you mean by asking if a marriage is between life and death, what do you advise the person?


Ruth March 23, 2019 at 8:52 am

Is it acceptable for a spouse to have relations with a woman outside his marriage for the sake of having a child and expecting his wife and child’s mother to live together with him and the child. I say No. I say it’s polygamy and God instituted marriage for one man and one woman and if it’s a childless marriage then so be it.
What is your thought on this


Jack Wellman March 23, 2019 at 10:58 am

I do not believe it is right to committ adulter just to have a child. There is nothing in the Bible that allows for any married person to have sex just for a child. You are right. THere should be only one man for one woman and the same applies for women having only one man.


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