Couples who are having a church wedding or whose relationship is rooted in their faith often include Bible verses about marriage in their ceremony.
The Bible has beautiful scriptures about love and marriage that are a fantastic way to honour your beliefs and show family and friends the importance of the vows you are making. The Bible frequently discusses the sanctity of marriage and gives advice on how it can help strengthen your commitment to each other and faith in God.
These beautiful verses make for wonderful readings during your wedding ceremony or as part of a prayer for the couple. We've gathered 29 Bible verses about marriage to help you express your love for each other and keep your faith at the centre of your day.
Consider using these Bible verses about marriage and relationships beyond your readings and include them on wedding invitations or orders of service, and perhaps even in your speeches at the reception.
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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, so that he might present the church to himself in splendour, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church.
I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine.
Song of Solomon 2:16
Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
In the same way, you husbands must give honour to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered.
1 Peter 3:7
Above all things have intense and unfailing love for one another.
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.’
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
I will make you my wife forever, showing you righteousness and justice, unfailing love and compassion. I will be faithful to you and make you mine, and you will finally know me as the Lord.
I thank my God every time I think of you.
He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favour from the Lord.
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labour: if either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?
Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.’ … 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.
So she became his wife, and he loved her.
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.
Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is strong as death, jealousy is fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the Lord. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If a man offered for love all the wealth of his house, he would be utterly despised.
Song of Solomon 8:6-7
Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.
Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the Lord
This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves.
Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8
Be kind to each other, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
1 John 4:12
I hold you in my heart, for we have shared together God's blessings.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.
People will not call you Deserted anymore. They will no longer name your land Empty. Instead, you will be called One the Lord Delights In. Your land will be named Married One. That’s because the Lord will take delight in you. And your land will be married. As a young man marries a young woman, so your Builder will marry you. As a groom is happy with his bride, so your God will be full of joy over you.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
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