100 Bible Verses about Dating

2 Timothy 2:22 ESV / 1,010 helpful votes

So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ESV / 800 helpful votes

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.

2 Corinthians 6:14 ESV / 790 helpful votes

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?

1 Corinthians 15:33 ESV / 751 helpful votes

Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”

Song of Solomon 2:7 ESV / 526 helpful votes

I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles or the does of the field, that you not stir up or awaken love until it pleases.

1 Corinthians 6:18 ESV / 510 helpful votes

Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 ESV / 464 helpful votes

For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God;

Proverbs 19:2 ESV / 397 helpful votes

Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way.

Proverbs 18:22 ESV / 385 helpful votes

He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.

Proverbs 31:30 ESV / 378 helpful votes

Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

1 Corinthians 7:1-25 ESV / 358 helpful votes

Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband. For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. ...

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 337 helpful votes

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Hebrews 13:4 ESV / 327 helpful votes

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

2 Corinthians 6:14-15 ESV / 308 helpful votes

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever?

Proverbs 16:3 ESV / 291 helpful votes

Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.

James 1:5 ESV / 238 helpful votes

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

Proverbs 4:23 ESV / 219 helpful votes

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.

1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV / 212 helpful votes

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

1 Timothy 4:12 ESV / 196 helpful votes

Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

1 Corinthians 7:32-35 ESV / 183 helpful votes

I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided. And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband. I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.

Genesis 2:18 ESV / 179 helpful votes

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 6:33 ESV / 178 helpful votes

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

1 Corinthians 6:13 ESV / 174 helpful votes

“Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.

Ephesians 5:3 ESV / 143 helpful votes

But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.

Matthew 19:5 ESV / 141 helpful votes

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’?

Proverbs 15:22 ESV / 137 helpful votes

Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.

Ephesians 5:22-33 ESV / 118 helpful votes

Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 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. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, ...

Genesis 2:24 ESV / 116 helpful votes

Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

1 Peter 4:8 ESV / 114 helpful votes

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 ESV / 111 helpful votes

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. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.

1 John 2:16 ESV / 106 helpful votes

For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.

1 Timothy 5:2 ESV / 103 helpful votes

Older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity.

1 Timothy 5:1-2 ESV / 102 helpful votes

Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity.

Romans 12:10 ESV / 94 helpful votes

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

1 Peter 3:7 ESV / 80 helpful votes

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.

1 Corinthians 7:39 ESV / 75 helpful votes

A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord.

1 Corinthians 6:18-20 ESV / 72 helpful votes

Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Proverbs 31:3 ESV / 72 helpful votes

Do not give your strength to women, your ways to those who destroy kings.

Proverbs 28:18 ESV / 68 helpful votes

Whoever walks in integrity will be delivered, but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall.

Exodus 20:12 ESV / 67 helpful votes

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

Amos 3:3 ESV / 64 helpful votes

“Do two walk together, unless they have agreed to meet?

Proverbs 19:14 ESV / 62 helpful votes

House and wealth are inherited from fathers, but a prudent wife is from the Lord.

Romans 12:9-10 ESV / 61 helpful votes

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

Matthew 6:24-34 ESV / 61 helpful votes

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, ...

Psalm 32:8 ESV / 58 helpful votes

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

1 Corinthians 7:28 ESV / 56 helpful votes

But if you do marry, you have not sinned, and if a betrothed woman marries, she has not sinned. Yet those who marry will have worldly troubles, and I would spare you that.

Psalm 119:9 ESV / 53 helpful votes

How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.

1 Peter 3:3-4 ESV / 51 helpful votes

Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious.

1 Thessalonians 5:22 ESV / 51 helpful votes

Abstain from every form of evil.

1 Corinthians 7:1-40 ESV / 51 helpful votes

Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband. For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. ...

Proverbs 17:17 ESV / 51 helpful votes

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

Song of Solomon 8:4 ESV / 50 helpful votes

I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that you not stir up or awaken love until it pleases.

Proverbs 18:24 ESV / 47 helpful votes

A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Ephesians 4:1-32 ESV / 45 helpful votes

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 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. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, ...

Matthew 10:37 ESV / 44 helpful votes

Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

Proverbs 31:10-11 ESV / 44 helpful votes

An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain.

Matthew 19:6 ESV / 41 helpful votes

So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

Proverbs 27:6 ESV / 41 helpful votes

Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.

Proverbs 13:20 ESV / 41 helpful votes

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.

Psalm 37:4 ESV / 41 helpful votes

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV / 40 helpful votes

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

2 Corinthians 6:14-18 ESV / 38 helpful votes

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.”

1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV / 38 helpful votes

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

John 16:33 ESV / 38 helpful votes

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

1 Corinthians 7:32-34 ESV / 37 helpful votes

I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided. And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband.

Romans 12:1-2 ESV / 37 helpful votes

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Deuteronomy 7:3-4 ESV / 37 helpful votes

You shall not intermarry with them, giving your daughters to their sons or taking their daughters for your sons, for they would turn away your sons from following me, to serve other gods. Then the anger of the Lord would be kindled against you, and he would destroy you quickly.

Philippians 2:5 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,

Romans 15:5-6 ESV / 34 helpful votes

May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 12:9 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.

Ecclesiastes 9:9 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your vain life that he has given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun.

Proverbs 16:9 ESV / 34 helpful votes

The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.

Proverbs 12:4 ESV / 34 helpful votes

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

Psalm 32:1-6 ESV / 34 helpful votes

A Maskil of David. Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah ...

Psalm 51:7-12 ESV / 33 helpful votes

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. ...

Psalm 51:2-4 ESV / 33 helpful votes

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.

1 Corinthians 5:11 ESV / 31 helpful votes

But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one.

Proverbs 10:10-31 ESV / 31 helpful votes

Whoever winks the eye causes trouble, but a babbling fool will come to ruin. The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses. On the lips of him who has understanding, wisdom is found, but a rod is for the back of him who lacks sense. The wise lay up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool brings ruin near. ...

Ephesians 5:25 ESV / 30 helpful votes

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,

Psalm 46:5 ESV / 30 helpful votes

God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.

Hebrews 13:17 ESV / 28 helpful votes

Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 ESV / 28 helpful votes

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.

1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 ESV / 27 helpful votes

Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; ...

1 Corinthians 7:8-9 ESV / 27 helpful votes

To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is good for them to remain single as I am. But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

Ephesians 5:19 ESV / 25 helpful votes

Addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,

Galatians 5:18-23 ESV / 25 helpful votes

But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, ...

Luke 9:25 ESV / 25 helpful votes

For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?

Matthew 5:8 ESV / 25 helpful votes

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

Song of Solomon 4:9 ESV / 25 helpful votes

You have captivated my heart, my sister, my bride; you have captivated my heart with one glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your necklace.

Proverbs 27:12 ESV / 25 helpful votes

The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.

1 Corinthians 7:36-40 ESV / 24 helpful votes

If anyone thinks that he is not behaving properly toward his betrothed, if his passions are strong, and it has to be, let him do as he wishes: let them marry—it is no sin. But whoever is firmly established in his heart, being under no necessity but having his desire under control, and has determined this in his heart, to keep her as his betrothed, he will do well. So then he who marries his betrothed does well, and he who refrains from marriage will do even better. A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord. Yet in my judgment she is happier if she remains as she is. And I think that I too have the Spirit of God.

Luke 10:27 ESV / 24 helpful votes

And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

1 Peter 4:1-19 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God. For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you; but they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. ...

James 4:7 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Philippians 2:4 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Romans 8:32 ESV / 22 helpful votes

He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?

Proverbs 29:3 ESV / 22 helpful votes

He who loves wisdom makes his father glad, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.

Proverbs 24:7 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Wisdom is too high for a fool; in the gate he does not open his mouth.

James 4:4 ESV / 21 helpful votes

You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

Colossians 3:5 ESV / 20 helpful votes

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

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