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160 Bible Verses on Marriage Problems

Marriage is a sacred bond blessed by God, filled with love and support. Yet, it faces challenges that test partners’ strength and commitment. From communication issues to financial struggles, many couples experience difficulties. This collection of 160 Bible verses on marriage problems offer divine insight and practical advice for healing and strengthening relationships. Let these Scriptures comfort and encourage you as you overcome obstacles and build a strong, God-centered marriage.

Love and Commitment in Marriage

  • Genesis 2:24 – “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.”
  • Ephesians 5:25 – “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.”
  • 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 – “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
  • Colossians 3:14 – “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
  • Romans 12:10 – “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”
  • 1 Peter 4:8 – “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”
  • 1 John 4:12 – “No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”
  • John 15:12 – “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”
  • Song of Solomon 8:7 – “Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot sweep it away. If one were to give all the wealth of one’s house for love, it would be utterly scorned.”
  • Proverbs 10:12 – “Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.”

Faithfulness and Trust in Marriage

  • Hebrews 13:4 – “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.”
  • Proverbs 3:3-4 – “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.”
  • Proverbs 20:6 – “Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find?”
  • Malachi 2:14-15 – “You ask, ‘Why?’ It is because the Lord is the witness between you and the wife of your youth. You have been unfaithful to her, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant. Has not the one God made you? You belong to him in body and spirit. And what does the one God seek? Godly offspring. So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful to the wife of your youth.”
  • Matthew 19:6 – “So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
  • 1 Corinthians 7:2 – “But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband.”
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4 – “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable.”
  • Proverbs 31:11-12 – “Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.”
  • Psalm 85:10 – “Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.”
  • Proverbs 5:18-19 – “May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth. A loving doe, a graceful deer—may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be intoxicated with her love.”

Communication and Understanding in Marriage

  • James 1:19 – “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”
  • Ephesians 4:29 – “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
  • Proverbs 15:1 – “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
  • Proverbs 18:2 – “Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.”
  • Colossians 4:6 – “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
  • Proverbs 12:18 – “The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”
  • Proverbs 16:24 – “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”
  • Proverbs 25:11 – “Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a ruling rightly given.”
  • Ephesians 4:15 – “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.”
  • Philippians 2:14 – “Do everything without grumbling or arguing.”

Forgiveness and Reconciliation in Marriage

  • Matthew 6:14-15 – “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
  • Ephesians 4:32 – “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
  • Colossians 3:13 – “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
  • Mark 11:25 – “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
  • Luke 17:3-4 – “So watch yourselves. If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.”
  • James 5:16 – “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
  • Matthew 18:21-22 – “Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.'”
  • Romans 12:17 – “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.”
  • 1 Corinthians 13:5 – “It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”
  • Psalm 103:12 – “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”

Roles and Responsibilities in Marriage

  • Ephesians 5:22-23 – “Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 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.”
  • 1 Corinthians 11:3 – “But I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.”
  • 1 Peter 3:7 – “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.”
  • Colossians 3:18-19 – “Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.”
  • Titus 2:4-5 – “Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.”
  • Genesis 2:18 – “The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.'”
  • Proverbs 31:10-11 – “A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.”
  • 1 Timothy 3:2 – “Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach.”
  • Proverbs 12:4 – “A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.”
  • 1 Peter 3:1-2 – “Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.”

Finances and Stewardship in Marriage

  • Proverbs 31:16 – “She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.”
  • 1 Timothy 6:10 – “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
  • Proverbs 22:7 – “The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.”
  • Hebrews 13:5 – “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.'”
  • Luke 14:28 – “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?”
  • Proverbs 13:11 – “Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.”
  • 1 Corinthians 16:2 – “On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.”
  • Proverbs 21:20 – “The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down.”
  • Philippians 4:19 – “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
  • 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 – “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

Parenting and Children in Marriage

  • Proverbs 22:6 – “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”
  • Ephesians 6:4 – “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”
  • Psalm 127:3 – “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.”
  • Colossians 3:21 – “Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.”
  • Deuteronomy 6:6-7 – “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
  • Proverbs 29:17 – “Discipline your children, and they will give you peace; they will bring you the delights you desire.”
  • Proverbs 13:24 – “Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.”
  • Isaiah 54:13 – “All your children will be taught by the Lord, and great will be their peace.”
  • Proverbs 20:7 – “The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them.”
  • Ephesians 6:1-3 – “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother’—which is the first commandment with a promise—’so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.'”

Adversity and Trials in Marriage

  • James 1:2-3 – “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”
  • Romans 5:3-4 – “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
  • 1 Peter 1:6-7 – “In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”
  • 2 Corinthians 4:17 – “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”
  • Psalm 34:19 – “The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.”
  • Romans 8:18 – “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”
  • 1 Peter 5:10 – “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”
  • John 16:33 – “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
  • Psalm 46:1 – “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”
  • Isaiah 41:10 – “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Faith and Prayer in Marriage

  • Philippians 4:6 – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:17 – “Pray continually.”
  • James 5:16 – “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
  • Matthew 7:7 – “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
  • 1 John 5:14 – “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”
  • Jeremiah 29:12 – “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”
  • 1 Peter 3:12 – “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
  • Colossians 4:2 – “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”
  • Matthew 21:22 – “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
  • James 4:3 – “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”

Encouragement and Support in Marriage

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:11 – “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
  • Hebrews 10:24-25 – “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.”
  • Galatians 6:2 – “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
  • Romans 15:2 – “Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up.”
  • Ephesians 4:2 – “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:14 – “And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.”
  • Isaiah 35:3 – “Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way.”
  • Hebrews 3:13 – “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today,’ so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”
  • Proverbs 12:25 – “Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.”
  • Colossians 3:16 – “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”

Intimacy and Physical Relationship in Marriage

  • 1 Corinthians 7:3 – “The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband.”
  • Hebrews 13:4 – “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.”
  • Song of Solomon 7:10 – “I belong to my beloved, and his desire is for me.”
  • Proverbs 5:19 – “A loving doe, a graceful deer—may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be intoxicated with her love.”
  • 1 Corinthians 7:5 – “Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.”
  • Song of Solomon 1:2 – “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth— for your love is more delightful than wine.”
  • 1 Corinthians 6:18 – “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.”
  • Proverbs 6:32 – “But a man who commits adultery has no sense; whoever does so destroys himself.”
  • Matthew 5:28 – “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:4 – “That each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable.”

Unity and Oneness in Marriage

  • Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 – “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: 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.”
  • Amos 3:3 – “Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?”
  • 1 Corinthians 12:25 – “So that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.”
  • Romans 12:5 – “So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”
  • Philippians 2:2 – “Then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.”
  • 1 Peter 3:8 – “Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.”
  • Psalm 133:1 – “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!”
  • 1 Corinthians 1:10 – “I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.”
  • Colossians 3:14 – “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
  • Ephesians 4:3 – “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

Guidance and Wisdom in Marriage

  • Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
  • James 1:5 – “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
  • Psalm 32:8 – “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.”
  • Proverbs 11:14 – “For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.”
  • Isaiah 30:21 – “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.'”
  • Proverbs 16:9 – “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”
  • Psalm 119:105 – “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”
  • Proverbs 19:20 – “Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.”
  • John 16:13 – “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”
  • Romans 11:33 – “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!”

Sacrifice and Service in Marriage

  • Philippians 2:3-4 – “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
  • John 15:13 – “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
  • Galatians 5:13 – “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”
  • 1 John 3:16 – “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”
  • Romans 12:1 – “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”
  • 1 Corinthians 10:24 – “No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.”
  • Hebrews 13:16 – “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”
  • Matthew 20:28 – “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
  • Mark 9:35 – “Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, ‘Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.'”
  • Luke 6:38 – “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Patience and Perseverance in Marriage

  • Romans 12:12 – “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
  • James 1:4 – “Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
  • Galatians 6:9 – “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
  • Romans 5:3-4 – “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:13 – “And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.”
  • Hebrews 12:1 – “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
  • Colossians 1:11 – “Being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience.”
  • 2 Timothy 4:7 – “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
  • James 5:11 – “As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.”
  • Romans 8:25 – “But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”

Respect and Honor in Marriage

  • Romans 12:10 – “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”
  • 1 Peter 2:17 – “Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.”
  • Ephesians 5:21 – “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
  • Philippians 2:3 – “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.”
  • 1 Timothy 5:17 – “The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.”
  • Hebrews 13:18 – “Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way.”
  • 1 Peter 3:15 – “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”
  • Romans 13:7 – “Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.”
  • 1 Corinthians 6:20 – “You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 – “Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.”

Conclusion

Marriage is indeed a journey filled with both joys and challenges. The Bible offers a wealth of wisdom to help couples navigate these trials and build a resilient, loving relationship. By turning to these 160 Bible verses on marriage problems, you can find the guidance and strength needed to overcome obstacles and deepen your bond.

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