The word “love” appears 796 times throughout the books of the Bible. The graph below shows the locations of each appearance. It begins with Genesis in the top left and concludes with Revelation in the bottom right.
Here are the 50 best Bible scriptures on dating.
2 Timothy 2:22
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 15:33
Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”
2 Corinthians 6:14
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?
1 Corinthians 6:18
Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.
Song of Solomon 2:7
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 10:31
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 5:11
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.
1 Corinthians 6:13
“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.
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.
1 Corinthians 7:39
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 John 2:16
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 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.
1 Peter 4:8
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
1 Timothy 4:12
Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
“Do two walk together, unless they have agreed to meet?”
Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
Addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,
In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.
However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.”
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
“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.”
“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.”
“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’?”
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
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,
Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.
Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.
House and wealth are inherited from fathers, but a prudent wife is from the Lord.
Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.
An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.
How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
Song of Solomon 4:9
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.
Song of Solomon 8:4
I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that you not stir up or awaken love until it pleases.
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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.