What Does the Bible Say About Marriage?

Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a union between a man and a woman that is ordained by God. It is the most intimate relationship that two people can have, and as well as being a sacred Christian institution, it is said to be a gift from God. In Catholicism, marriage is considered to be a Sacrament, which is a Christian rite, or a ceremonial and religious act. In Protestantism, marriage is considered central to the religious community.

The Bible says a lot about marriage. In the New Testament, which tells the story of Jesus Christ, the sacredness and significance of marriage was told. Jesus’ own teaching focused on the fact that God created humanity with male and female people (in Matthew 19:3-6), and that when they become marriage, those two ‘will become flesh’ (earlier, in Genesis 2:24).

Familial Responsibility

Marriage in the Bible also considers there to be familial responsibilities that come with the sacred union. The New Testament teaches that there is equality of authority between husband and wife. The New Testament also contains the Household Code, which contains the writings of Peter and Paul. The text includes code for husbands and wives, and it was written and developed to show first century Christians how they should comply with the Roman Patria Potestas law.

In this Christian text, the responsibility and mutual respect of marriage is outlined. It also provides a manifesto for maintaining hierarchical systems within the family, and outlines how to humanize an antagonistic domestic relationship. It was originally written, also, to provide order within both society and the churches.

Important Marriage Bible Verses to Know

Bible Verses About MarriageWhether you’re looking to understand the importance and significance of marriage in Christianity, or you’re looking to pray for your marriage, there are many important marriage Bible verses you should be aware of. These verses are scattered throughout both the Old Testament and New Testament. Some of the most important verses about marriage are as follows:

Genesis 2:22-24

22 The Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the ma, and he brought her to the man. 23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” 24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

Ephesians 5:22-23

22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.

What Does the Bible Say About Gay Marriage?

The Bible does not explicitly refer to gay marriage. During the times in which the Bible was written, homosexuality was not seen in the same way as it is today. There are references to homosexuality within the Bible, though there are no verses that discuss the topic of gay marriage.