85 Bible Verses about Dating And Relationships

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ESV / 791 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.

1 Corinthians 15:33 ESV / 616 helpful votes

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

2 Corinthians 6:14 ESV / 549 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 7:1-40 ESV / 488 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.

Genesis 2:18 ESV / 411 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.”

1 Corinthians 6:18 ESV / 328 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.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 ESV / 317 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.

Psalm 37:3-4 ESV / 317 helpful votes

Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Philippians 1:9-10 ESV / 219 helpful votes

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,

Song of Solomon 2:7 ESV / 192 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 Peter 4:8 ESV / 187 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 4:23 ESV / 183 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 15:22 ESV / 165 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 6:13 ESV / 162 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.

Romans 12:9-10 ESV / 155 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.

Genesis 2:24 ESV / 154 helpful votes

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

Psalm 46:5 ESV / 134 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 5:33 ESV / 133 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 31:10 ESV / 131 helpful votes

An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.

Romans 12:1-2 ESV / 105 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.

Psalm 138:8 ESV / 105 helpful votes

The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.

2 Timothy 2:22 ESV / 104 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.

Proverbs 3:5-7 ESV / 102 helpful votes

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.

1 Corinthians 7:39 ESV / 101 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.

Matthew 19:5 ESV / 75 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 18:24 ESV / 72 helpful votes

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

Ruth 1:16 ESV / 69 helpful votes

But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.

Ephesians 5:24 ESV / 63 helpful votes

Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.

Romans 10:10 ESV / 62 helpful votes

For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

Amos 3:3 ESV / 62 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 5:1-7 ESV / 58 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. Honor widows who are truly widows. But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show godliness to their own household and to make some return to their parents, for this is pleasing in the sight of God. She who is truly a widow, left all alone, has set her hope on God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day,

1 Corinthians 5:9 ESV / 54 helpful votes

I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—

Romans 5:5 ESV / 53 helpful votes

And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Mark 10:9 ESV / 53 helpful votes

What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

Genesis 2:22 ESV / 52 helpful votes

And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.

Job 31:1 ESV / 47 helpful votes

“I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a virgin?

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 45 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.

1 Thessalonians 4:3-4 ESV / 44 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,

2 Corinthians 6:15 ESV / 43 helpful votes

What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever?

Romans 8:1-39 ESV / 43 helpful votes

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.

Deuteronomy 7:3-4 ESV / 43 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 1:9 ESV / 41 helpful votes

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment,

Song of Solomon 8:4 ESV / 41 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 18:22 ESV / 41 helpful votes

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

Joshua 1:9 ESV / 40 helpful votes

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

James 5:16 ESV / 36 helpful votes

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

1 Thessalonians 5:20-22 ESV / 32 helpful votes

Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.

John 3:16 ESV / 31 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Proverbs 13:11 ESV / 30 helpful votes

Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.

Romans 12:17 ESV / 29 helpful votes

Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.

Matthew 19:5-6 ESV / 28 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’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

2 Corinthians 6:12 ESV / 23 helpful votes

You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 23 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Matthew 19:6 ESV / 22 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 13:20 ESV / 21 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 5:18-19 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth, a lovely deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight; be intoxicated always in her love.

1 Timothy 1:15 ESV / 20 helpful votes

The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.

Proverbs 21:9 ESV / 20 helpful votes

It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.

Proverbs 10:1-32 ESV / 20 helpful votes

The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother. Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit, but righteousness delivers from death. The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked. A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.

Ephesians 4:2-3 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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.

Colossians 1:18 ESV / 17 helpful votes

And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.

1 Corinthians 7:5 ESV / 17 helpful votes

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.

John 10:10 ESV / 17 helpful votes

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

Song of Solomon 1:1-17 ESV / 17 helpful votes

The Song of Songs, which is Solomon's. Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! For your love is better than wine; your anointing oils are fragrant; your name is oil poured out; therefore virgins love you. Draw me after you; let us run. The king has brought me into his chambers. We will exult and rejoice in you; we will extol your love more than wine; rightly do they love you. I am very dark, but lovely, O daughters of Jerusalem, like the tents of Kedar, like the curtains of Solomon.

Proverbs 31:1-31 ESV / 17 helpful votes

The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him: What are you doing, my son? What are you doing, son of my womb? What are you doing, son of my vows? Do not give your strength to women, your ways to those who destroy kings. It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to take strong drink, lest they drink and forget what has been decreed and pervert the rights of all the afflicted.

Ephesians 5:19 ESV / 16 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 5:15-21 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,

Song of Solomon 4:1-16 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Behold, you are beautiful, my love, behold, you are beautiful! Your eyes are doves behind your veil. Your hair is like a flock of goats leaping down the slopes of Gilead. Your teeth are like a flock of shorn ewes that have come up from the washing, all of which bear twins, and not one among them has lost its young. Your lips are like a scarlet thread, and your mouth is lovely. Your cheeks are like halves of a pomegranate behind your veil. Your neck is like the tower of David, built in rows of stone; on it hang a thousand shields, all of them shields of warriors. Your two breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle, that graze among the lilies.

Proverbs 31:10-11 ESV / 16 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.

Proverbs 16:28 ESV / 16 helpful votes

A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.

Proverbs 12:22 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.

Proverbs 11:13 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.

1 Thessalonians 2:6 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, though we could have made demands as apostles of Christ.

Proverbs 29:23 ESV / 15 helpful votes

One's pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.

Proverbs 16:18 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

Philippians 2:3-8 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.

Leviticus 18:22 ESV / 12 helpful votes

You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.

1 Peter 4:10 ESV / 11 helpful votes

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace:

Colossians 2:21 ESV / 11 helpful votes

“Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch”

Romans 8:18 ESV / 11 helpful votes

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

Isaiah 1:1-31 ESV / 10 helpful votes

The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth; for the Lord has spoken: “Children have I reared and brought up, but they have rebelled against me. The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master's crib, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.” Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, children who deal corruptly! They have forsaken the Lord, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they are utterly estranged. Why will you still be struck down? Why will you continue to rebel? The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.

Proverbs 17:17 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

John 4:16-18 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.”

Hebrews 13:4 ESV / 6 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.

Romans 1:1-32 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations,

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