Celibacy Bible Verses

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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What does the Bible say about Celibacy? Here are 28 verses related to Celibacy. Use this table of contents to go to any section:

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MATTHEW 19:10-12Verses in the Bible

  • 10 His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry.
    Matthew 19:10 Meaning
  • 11 But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given.
    Matthew 19:11 Meaning
  • 12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.
    Matthew 19:12 Meaning

1 CORINTHIANS 7:1,2,7-9,25,26,32-40Verses in the Bible

  • 2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
    1 Corinthians 7:2 Meaning
  • 7 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.
    1 Corinthians 7:7 Meaning
  • 8 I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I.
    1 Corinthians 7:8 Meaning
  • 9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.
    1 Corinthians 7:9 Meaning
  • 25 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.
    1 Corinthians 7:25 Meaning
  • 26 I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be.
    1 Corinthians 7:26 Meaning
  • 32 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:
    1 Corinthians 7:32 Meaning
  • 33 But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife.
    1 Corinthians 7:33 Meaning
  • 34 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.
    1 Corinthians 7:34 Meaning
  • 35 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.
    1 Corinthians 7:35 Meaning
  • 36 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.
    1 Corinthians 7:36 Meaning
  • 37 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.
    1 Corinthians 7:37 Meaning
  • 38 So then he that giveth her in marriage doeth well; but he that giveth her not in marriage doeth better.
    1 Corinthians 7:38 Meaning
  • 39 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.
    1 Corinthians 7:39 Meaning
  • 40 But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment: and I think also that I have the Spirit of God.
    1 Corinthians 7:40 Meaning

1 CORINTHIANS 9:5In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 5 Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?

1 TIMOTHY 4:1-3Verses in the Bible

  • 1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
    1 Timothy 4:1 Meaning
  • 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
    1 Timothy 4:2 Meaning
  • 3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
    1 Timothy 4:3 Meaning

REVELATION 14:1-5Verses in the Bible

  • 1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.
    Revelation 14:1 Meaning
  • 2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:
    Revelation 14:2 Meaning
  • 3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
    Revelation 14:3 Meaning
  • 4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.
    Revelation 14:4 Meaning
  • 5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.
    Revelation 14:5 Meaning

Sources

The King James Bible text is sourced from the BibleForgeDB database (https://github.com/bibleforge) within the BibleForge project (http://bibleforge.com). Bible topic categories and verse references are from Nave's Topical Bible (1896) by Orville James Nave (1841–1917). Popularity rankings are based on search volume data from the Google AdWords Keyword Planner tool.


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