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Bible Readings for Weddings

I've had a number of people ask me if I knew of any Bible readings that would be good to use in a wedding. Here are some that I've recommended. If you have others to add to the list, let me know!

  
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Genesis 2:18-24

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And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
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And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
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And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
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And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
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And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
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And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
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Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Ruth 4

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Then went Boaz up to the gate, and sat him down there: and, behold, the kinsman of whom Boaz spake came by; unto whom he said, Ho, such a one! turn aside, sit down here. And he turned aside, and sat down.
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And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, Sit ye down here. And they sat down.
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And he said unto the kinsman, Naomi, that is come again out of the country of Moab, selleth a parcel of land, which was our brother Elimelech's:
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And I thought to advertise thee, saying, Buy it before the inhabitants, and before the elders of my people. If thou wilt redeem it, redeem it: but if thou wilt not redeem it, then tell me, that I may know: for there is none to redeem it beside thee; and I am after thee. And he said, I will redeem it.
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Then said Boaz, What day thou buyest the field of the hand of Naomi, thou must buy it also of Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance.
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And the kinsman said, I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance: redeem thou my right to thyself; for I cannot redeem it.
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Now this was the manner in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning changing, for to confirm all things; a man plucked off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbour: and this was a testimony in Israel.
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Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee. So he drew off his shoe.
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And Boaz said unto the elders, and unto all the people, Ye are witnesses this day, that I have bought all that was Elimelech's, and all that was Chilion's and Mahlon's, of the hand of Naomi.
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Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be my wife, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance, that the name of the dead be not cut off from among his brethren, and from the gate of his place: ye are witnesses this day.
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And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said, We are witnesses. The LORD make the woman that is come into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel: and do thou worthily in Ephratah, and be famous in Bethlehem:
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And let thy house be like the house of Pharez, whom Tamar bare unto Judah, of the seed which the LORD shall give thee of this young woman.
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So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son.
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And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the LORD, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel.
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And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath borne him.
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And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it.
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And the women her neighbours gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David.
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Now these are the generations of Pharez: Pharez begat Hezron,
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And Hezron begat Ram, and Ram begat Amminadab,
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And Amminadab begat Nahshon, and Nahshon begat Salmon,
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And Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed,
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And Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David.

Proverbs 5:15-19

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Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.
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Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets.
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Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee.
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Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.
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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 18:22

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Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

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Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.
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For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.
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Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?
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And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Matthew 19:5-6

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And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
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Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

Mark 10:6-9

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But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.
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For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;
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And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.
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What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

John 2:1-11

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And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:
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And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.
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And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.
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Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
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His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.
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And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.
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Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.
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And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.
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When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,
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And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.
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This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

I Corinthians 7

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Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.
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Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
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Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.
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The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.
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Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.
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But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment.
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For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.
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I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I.
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But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.
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And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband:
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But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.
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But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away.
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And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.
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For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.
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But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.
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For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?
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But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches.
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Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised.
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Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.
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Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.
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Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather.
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For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ's servant.
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Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.
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Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.
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Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful.
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I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be.
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Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife.
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But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned. Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the flesh: but I spare you.
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But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none;
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And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not;
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And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away.
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But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord:
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But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife.
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There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.
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And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction.
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But if any man think that he behaveth himself uncomely toward his virgin, if she pass the flower of her age, and need so require, let him do what he will, he sinneth not: let them marry.
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Nevertheless he that standeth stedfast in his heart, having no necessity, but hath power over his own will, and hath so decreed in his heart that he will keep his virgin, doeth well.
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So then he that giveth her in marriage doeth well; but he that giveth her not in marriage doeth better.
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The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord.
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But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment: and I think also that I have the Spirit of God.

I Corinthians 11:3

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But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

I Corinthians 11:8-9

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For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man.
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Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.

I Corinthians 13:1-13

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Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
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And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
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And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
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Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
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Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
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Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
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Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
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Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
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For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
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But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
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When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
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For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
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And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

II Corinthians 6:14

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Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

Ephesians 5:22-33

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Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
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For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
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Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
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Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
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That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
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That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
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So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
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For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
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For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
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For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
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This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
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Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

Colossians 3:18-19

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Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.
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Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

Hebrews 13:4

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Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

I Peter 3:1-7

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Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;
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While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.
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Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
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But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
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For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:
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Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.
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Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

Revelation 19:7-9

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Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
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And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
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And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

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