King Solomon pens “Many waters cannot quench love, Nor can the floods drown it.” (Song of Solomon 8:7) and this is a great place to start for our round up of romantic verses in the Bible.
While relationships is a deep and lengthy topic, this post is meant to be more light-hearted, providing you with Bible verses you might wish to write in Valentine’s Day cards, scribble on a note to make your spouse smile, or to simply remind you of the beautiful relationship you’ve been given.
What Does the Bible Say about Romantic Relationships?
The Bible is full of romantic relationships. From the very beginning in which God looked at Adam and said that it was not good for him to be alone, history is full of good and not-so-good relationships.
Jacob working 14 years to marry Rachel, Boaz providing for Ruth’s needs and then marrying her, Joseph taking care of Mary when she came up with the outlandish story that she was pregnant with the promised Messiah.
We see Hannah’s husband wanting her to be happy in spite of her sorrow over an empty womb. He tells her that he loves her more than 10 sons. If you’ve ever struggled with infertility, you know how taxing it is on a marriage. You are not alone.
God’s relationship with Israel is a strong covenant comparable to the holy union of marriage. Ezekiel 16 speaks about this covenant in beautiful figurative language. I’m just including one verse here because the passage is lengthy, but I encourage you to read the whole chapter.
“When I passed by you again and looked upon you, indeed your time was the time of love; so I spread My wing over you and covered your nakedness. Yes, I swore an oath to you and entered into a covenant with you, and you became Mine,” says the Lord God. (Ezekiel 16:8)
The love God has for His chosen people, Israel, is seen throughout scripture.
“I remember you, The kindness of your youth, The love of your betrothal, When you went after Me in the wilderness, In a land not sown. (Jeremiah 2:2)
For your Maker is your husband, The Lord of hosts is His name, And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; He is called the God of the whole earth. (Isaiah 54:5)
This holy communion is then passed onto Jesus and His church. (Ephesians 5:25-27, Revelation 19:7-9)
Bible Verses for Married Couples
While we have been given dozens of verses about what true love is and how it behaves (see 1 Corinthians 13) the point of this compilation of romantic verses in the Bible is more about verses you can use to express your own feelings for your spouse and let them know that care.
- And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13)
- For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried. (Ruth 1:16-17)
- Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice with the wife of your youth. As a loving deer and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; And always be enraptured with her love. (Proverbs 5:18-19)
- Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, For in You do I trust; (Psalm 143:8)
- And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8)
- Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm alone? (Ecclesiastes 4:9-11)
- For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Mark 10:7-9)
Song of Solomon Love Verses
Song of Solomon contains beautiful verses which describe that dizzy, rose-colored glass, honeymoon “in love” kind of love between Solomon and his young bride. It is full of figurative language which at first glance might make you smile (such as admiring each other’s physique with words such as pomegranates, does, and gazelles) and is a lovely expression of one of Solomon’s true relationships.
“I have come to my garden, my sister, my spouse, I have gathered my myrrh with my spice, I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk.” As you can see, it can get a bit steamy if you read between the lines, and the expression of intimacy is healthy for all married couples. No compilation of romantic verses in the Bible would be complete without this love story.
Here are eight more verses from King Solomon’s romantic side.
- Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth—For your love is better than wine. (1:2)
- Like an apple tree among the trees of the woods, So is my beloved among the sons. I sat down in his shade with great delight, And his fruit was sweet to my taste. He brought me to the banqueting house, And his banner over me was love. (2:3-4)
- My beloved spoke, and said to me: “Rise up, my love, my fair one, And come away. (2:10)
- My beloved is mine, and I am his. He feeds his flock among the lilies. (2:16)
- How fair is your love, My sister, my spouse! [a term of endearment in those days, not his biological sister] How much better than wine is your love, And the scent of your perfumes Than all spices! Your lips, O my spouse, Drip as the honeycomb; Honey and milk are under your tongue; And the fragrance of your garments Is like the fragrance of Lebanon. (4:10-11)
- Awake, O north wind, And come, O south! Blow upon my garden, That its spices may flow out. Let my beloved come to his garden And eat its pleasant fruits. (4:16)
- I am my beloved’s, And his desire is toward me. (7:10)
- Set me as a seal upon your heart, As a seal upon your arm; For love is as strong as death, (8:6)
Romantic Bible Verses for Her
One concern that I hear over and over again from other wives and mothers is how unappreciated they feel. As caregivers, we women are constantly pouring ourselves out, putting ourselves last, and wearing too many hats. We do not grumble because we enjoy taking care of those we love BUT we do want to be appreciated. We don’t want praise, we simply want someone to recognize that we have given all of ourselves for the care and happiness of others and that without that recognition we feel empty.
One of the best sentiments you can give your wife is the acknowledgment of all she does for her family. Is it a stretch to call them romantic? I don’t think so. Romance is so much more than that in love kind of feeling. It is a strong appreciation and respect for your spouse.
Again, we can turn to King Solomon in Proverbs 31. This is written for his mother whom he held in high regard.
- Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts her; (verses 10-11)
- Strength and honor are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come. (verse 25)
- “Many daughters have done well, But you excel them all.” Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. (verses 29-30)
Living in the fallen state that we do, the holy union of marriage has been a difficult road to travel. Two imperfect people trying to navigate all of the ups and downs of life. If you have found a faithful spouse who loves you and takes care of you, I promise, you have found a treasure.
May these romantic verses in the Bible express the love you have for your spouse and remind you what a gift you’ve been given.
Which of these was your favorite? Share in the comments below!
And if you want to share a list of Bible verses about love especially for kids, check out this post!
And a few great marriage posts from my friend at Hope and Joy in Christ.