10 Bible Verses On Love You Need to Read

Updated on April 23, 2020
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Love is The Key to Life And Marriage.

Jesus knew the key component in any relationship is love. In John 13:35 he told his disciples this is how people are going to know you're my followers, "if you have love for one another.”

In another part of the Bible, the disciple John in 1 John 4:7, wrote this, "My dear friends, we must love each other. Love comes from God, and when we love each other, it shows we have been given new life. We are now God's children, and we know him." (CEV)

Love is what keeps you going in the rough times and gives you more of a smile in the good times. Paul said in the love verses in 1 Corinthians 13:1 if you do anything in life even church service, “But not have love, I am nothing”

The kind of love Jesus, John and Paul is talking about in these verses is not the love you have for a hamburger or your best friend or the cool car you just bought. The Hebrews and Greeks had many words for love

Love in the Bible

There are hundreds of verses in the Bible where the Hebrew or Greek word in the passage is translated as love but in the English language the word "love" doesn't emote the same feelings and depth of love the writer of the passage was trying to get across.

In the Old Testament the primary language was Hebrew. In the Hebrew there were a number of words that have been translated as love. They don't all mean the same kind of love. Here are some of the many Hebrew words for love.

  • Ahab - to have affection for...
  • Dod or Dode - An implied sort of love
  • Raham - a devotional love
  • Yada - to make love

In the New Testament the primary language used by the writers is Greek. The Greeks have eight basic words for love. Two of them Eros, from where we get our word erotic and Storge are not really found there in their singular form in the New Testament, The five primary Greek words for love in the New Testament are

  • Philia, friendship love...
  • Ludus, a playful love. ...
  • Agape,a selfless love for everyone. ...
  • Pragma, a longstanding love. ...
  • Philautia, a self love...

The two primary words for love found in the New Testament are Philia and Agape. In modern society the word love has become trivialized. True love is not singular, it is composed of many of the aspects of the Greeks seven words for love. Here are 5 passages in the Old and New Testaments that talk about love in relationships.

5 Bible Verses About Love From the Old Testament

Here are 5 verses from the Old Testament that deal with love. These are only a representation of the many verses which pertain to God's love as well as the love we need to have for others

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."

While the Hebrew word love here is he"sed which means loyalty. Love in any relationship connotates a certain measure of loyalty between both parties.

Psalm 143:8: “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life."

The Hebrew word for love here is "chas·de·cha" which means goodness or kindness.

Leviticus 19:18: "Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD"

Here the Hebrew word is "ve·'a·hav·ta" which simple means to show love and affection in a non romantic way to your neighbors. This verse is also used by Jesus in the New Testament in Mark 12:31 where a form of the Greek word agape (unconditional love is used.

Deuteronomy 6:5: "Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength"

Here again the Hebrew word "ve·'a·hav·ta" is used. We are to have an a no strings strings attached unconditional love for God

Proverbs 21:21: "Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor"

This verse used the Hebrew word, "va·cha·sed" and is translated as either love or loyalty. That being said when you love someone there is a certain loyalty in the relationship.

These are only five of the many in the Old Testament. I suggest you get out your Bible and a good concordance and do your own study on love. The concordance or online word lexicon will help You understand the true meaning of the word love as used by each writer.

5 Bible Verses about Love From The New Testament

Here are 5 bible verses on love in the New Testament. These verses deal with agape love. This love is usually associated with the Christian community because it is a love that flows from God through you to other people.

Matthew 24:12, "And because iniquity shall about the love of many shall wax cold."

The idea in this verse is the fact that when you behave badly you're love from God through you to others will be cold.

1 Corinthians 13:4, "Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not conceited,"

This is part of the classic passage in the Bible on agape love. It is the foundation of Christian love in a marriage and any other relationship.

1 Timothy 1:5, "You must teach people to have genuine love, as well as a good conscience and true faith."

Again the Greek word here is Agape. Paul wants the followers of Jesus to know they must be an example of true love.

The next two verse deal with Phileo or love that expresses friendship, fondness and personal attachment.

Romans 12:10, "Love each other as brothers and sisters and honor others more than you do yourself."

Hebrews 13:1-2, "Continue in brotherly love. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it."

Both of these verses dwell on the fact that if you claim to know Jesus and have put your trust in him the love you show will not come with strings attached. It will be a free flowing love from God through you to others.

These are only 5 of the many New Testament verses dealing with love. Once again you need to get out your Bible and use an online word Lexicon like the Bible Hub and do your own research.


There you have 10 of the 100's of verses on love in the Bible. This by no means is an exhaustive list. Don't take love for granted make sure of the meaning in each word for yourself. In this way you will get more our of your daily readings.

I hope you enjoyed this article. Look for more Hubs on Words from the Bible.


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    • whittwrites profile imageAUTHOR

      T B Whitt 

      3 months ago from New Jersey

      Thank you Eric for your kind words. I usually pick a topic I’m studying in the Bible and try to craft an article using what I’ve learned.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very excellently done. This is a good. I will be back


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