Love in the Bible
Love in the Bible is something that gets a lot of attention because of the number of verses talking about it.
I have selected some love passages in the Bible written in some Old Testament books. I believe they serve as a good example of what the bible says about love.
Bible passages about love: Proverbs
Open rebuke is better than secret love. (Proverbs 27:5).
Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish. (Proverbs 12:1).
He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction. (Proverbs 17:19).
The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness. (Proverbs 15:9).
Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves. (Proverbs 7:18).
Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. 6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. (Proberbs 4.5,6).
He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich. (Proberbs 21.17).
Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: but he that keepeth company with harlots spendeth his substance. (Proverbs 29:3).
Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins. (Proverbs 10:12)
He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good. (Proverbs 19:8).
For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. (Proverbs 3:12).
A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. (Proverbs 17:17).
Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love. (Proverbs 5:19).
He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend. (Proverbs 22:11).
Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith. (Proverbs 15:17).
Bible verses about love in the Song Solomon
Many waters cannot quench love
Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned. (Song of Solomon 8.7).
I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if ye find my beloved, that ye tell him, that I am sick of love. Song of Solomon 7.6
My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him. (Song of Solomon 5.4).
How fair is thy love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is thy love than wine! and the smell of thine ointments than all spices! (Song of Solomon 4:10).
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine. (Song of Solomon 1:2).
He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love. (Song of Solomon 2:4).
I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if ye find my beloved, that ye tell him, that I am sick of love. (Song of Solomon 5:8).
I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, until he please. (Song of Solomon 8.4).
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine. (Song of Solomon 3:2).
Saw ye him whom my soul loveth
The watchmen that go about the city found me: to whom I said, Saw ye him whom my soul loveth? (Song of Solomon 3:3).
My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. (Song of Solomon 2:10).
Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame. (Song of Solomon 8:6).
I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not. (Song of Solomon 3:2).
He made the pillars thereof of silver, the bottom thereof of gold, the covering of it of purple, the midst thereof being paved with love, for the daughters of Jerusalem. (Song of Solomon 3:10).
Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves’ eyes. (Song of Solomon 1:15).
Let us see if the vine flourish
Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the vine flourish, whether the tender grape appear, and the pomegranates bud forth: there will I give thee my loves. (Song of Solomon 7:12).
Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field; let us lodge in the villages. (Song of Solomon 7:11).
I am my beloved’s, and his desire is toward me. (Song of Solomon 7:10).
The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. Song of (Solomon 2:13).
I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night. (Song of Solomon 5:2).
Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant: also our bed is green. (Song of Solomon 1:16).
As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters. (Song of Solomon 2:2).
Bible quotes about love in the Psalms
And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love. (Psalms 109.5).
Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake. (Psalms 115.1).
Quicken me, O LORD, for thy name’s sake: for thy righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble. (Psalms 143.11).
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. (Psalms 23.3).
The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind: the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous … (Psalms 146:8).
Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it. (Psalms 119:140).
For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me. (Psalms 31:3).
For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright. (Psalms 11.7).
The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. (Psalms 11:5).
Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter. (Psalms 44:22).
For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off. (Psalms 37:28).
But do thou for me, O GOD the Lord, for thy name’s sake: because thy mercy is good, deliver thou me. (Psalms 109:21).
Arise for our help, and redeem us for thy mercies’ sake. (Psalms 44:26).
What the bible says about love: Ecclesiastes
For all this I considered in my heart even to declare all this, that the righteous, and the wise, and their works, are in the hand of God: no man knoweth either love or hatred by all that is before them. (Ecclesiastes 9:1).
Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 9:6).
He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity. (Ecclesiastes 5.10).
Other passages about love in the Bible
Genesis to Chronic
And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her. (Genesis 29:20).
Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee. (Genesis 12:13).
And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. (Êxodus 20:6).
And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake. (2 Kings 20:6).
For I will defend this city, to save it, for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake. (2 Kings 19.34).
He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes… (1 Chronicles 16:21).
And he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet; and he called his name Jedidiah, because of the LORD. (2 Samuel 12:25).
Isaiah to Hozea
For my name’s sake will I defer mine anger, and for my praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off. (Isaiah 48:9).
I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. (Isaiah 43:25).
Now will I sing to my wellbeloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill… (Isaiah 5:1).
For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me. (Isaiah 45:4).
O LORD, though our iniquities testify against us, do thou it for thy name’s sake: for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against thee. (Jeremiah 14:7).
The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. (Jeremiah 31.3).
And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have wrought with you for my name’s sake, not according to your wicked ways, nor according to your corrupt doings, O ye house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD. (Ezekiel 20:44).
Not for your sakes do I this, saith the Lord GOD, be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel. (Ezekiel 36:32).
I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love: and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid meat unto them. (Hosea 11:4).
He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hand: he loveth to oppress. (Hosea 12:7).
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