If you’ve been single for a while, there’s no reason to keep your faith in Christ. Instead, you have a new opportunity to own a good relationship with God and get married. He’s waiting to hear from you! There are so many encouraging verses about being single and lonely, but here are 19 of my favorites Bible verses about being single and lonely.
What does the Bible say about being lonely and single?
In the Bible 1 Corinthians 7:1-5, Paul writes to unmarried people who are struggling with the idea of marriage. He says they should remain single if they can do so without sexual sin and if they can serve God well in this state (1 Corinthians 7:6). However, he also says that those who marry should not divorce their spouses unless there is sexual immorality or other severe problems in the relationship (1 Corinthians 7:10-11).
The Bible clarifies that God intends for us to be married and have families (Genesis 2:18; Psalm 127:3-5). Jesus said those who refuse marriage and family are “eunuchs” — meaning they have cut themselves off from the blessings of marriage and family life (Matthew 19:12).
While being single might be difficult, we must remember that God has a plan for our lives, including companionship with other believers and marriage. The 19 Scripture about being single and lonely listed below with explanations will clarify more.
Bible Verses About Being Single and Lonely
Whether you’re seeking a God-centered relationship or are single because you’ve never been married and don’t have children, here are 19 verses about being single and lonely that can encourage you.
Psalm 68:5-6 – God of the Single and Lonely.
The God who is in his holy dwelling place is the father of the fatherless and the defender of widows.God places lonely people in families. He leads prisoners out of prison into productive lives, but rebellious people must live in an unproductive land.
~ Psalm 68:5-6 (GWT)
The church of God is where single people can find love, support, and encouragement. The Bible also teaches that marriage is a blessing from God (Genesis 1:27). But it also teaches that singleness is a gift from Him (1 Corinthians 7:32). Though many believe marriage is more blessed than singleness, nothing could be further from the truth.
Being single in today’s culture isn’t always easy. It can be downright painful at times. As a single woman, I know firsthand how difficult it can be to live as an individual in a society that seems bent on telling us what our relationships should look like.
1 Peter 5:7 – God cares for you.
having cast all your anxiety upon Him, because with Him there is care about you
~ 1 Peter 5:7 (BLB)
We tend to rush into seasons as soon as we think we’re ready. Whether it’s marriage, moving, or a new job, we often try to tackle transitions before we’re prepared to do so. 1 Peter 5:7 is an excellent reminder of the importance of taking our time and ensuring we’re ready for what God has in store.
Solitude and loneliness are two things that Christians, especially singles, deal with frequently. Yet, we are on this planet alone for a brief period.
1 Corinthians 7:8-9 – Being Single or Married is not a Sin.
Now, to the unmarried and to the widows I say that it would be better for you to continue to live alone as I do. But if you cannot restrain your desires, go ahead and marry—it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
~ 1 Corinthians 7:8-9 (GNT)
This verse is often quoted by people who want to make an argument against premarital sex. But unfortunately, many Christians will mention only the first half of 1 Corinthians 7:8-9 without reading on to verse 10, where Paul talks about how marriage is not a sin but one of God’s gifts.
Joshua 1:5-6 – Be Strong and Courageous.
No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them.
~ JOSHUA 1:5-6 (ESV)
When it comes to following God, we need to be strong in our faith, whether happy and strong or single and lonely.
The Bible says that without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). We can’t just sit around and wait until we feel like doing something or think it’s the right time. The Lord will give us His strength when we need it most.
Deuteronomy 31:8 – The Lord will never leave you nor forsake you.
The LORD Himself goes before you; He will be with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid or discouraged.”
~ Deuteronomy 31:8 (BSB)
When people are lonely, they tend to feel like God has abandoned them.
I think this is a lie from the enemy. God never leaves us, and He is always with us.
Isaiah 43:2-3 – The Lord our stronghold in any situation.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I give Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in your stead.
~ Isaiah 43:2-3
When you feel lonely, remember that God has not abandoned you. Instead, he has provided a way out of your situation through Jesus Christ.
God will provide someone better suited for you than any human could be — if that’s what He wants.
If you’re single and lonely, pray about it daily and ask God to show you how He wants to use this season of life to prepare you for His perfect plan for your future.
Philippians 4:6-7 – Present your request to God through Prayer.
Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
~ Philippians 4:6-7 (CSB)
Most single and lonely people do not want to be single, so they pray for a spouse. The Bible says that the prayers of the righteous are potent and effective (James 5:16).
The following prayer is based on Psalm 37:4-6: “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday. So be still before the Lord, knowing that he is God.”
Jeremiah 29:11 – There is hope and a future for the single and lonely.
For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the LORD, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
~ Jeremiah 29:11 (AMP)
The Lord says, “I have plans to build you up and not tear you down; plans to help you succeed and not harm you. I want to give you hope and a good future.”
This verse is one of the most comforting verses in the Bible. It’s a promise from God that He will never leave us or forsake us.
1 Corinthians 10:13 – Trust in God.
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
~ 1 Corinthians 10:13 (KJV)
The Bible doesn’t promise that we won’t face trials, loneliness, and difficulties in life. It does say, however, that God is always there to help us through them. Therefore, we must be careful not to give in to temptation when it comes because we can trust God always to provide us with an escape route from our troubles if we ask Him for it.
1 John 4:13 – Faith: The Fruit of The Spirit
God has given us his Spirit. This is how we know we are one with him, just as he is one with us.
~1 John 4:13 (CEV)
The Spirit of God is the power source for our lives. It’s the source of love, joy, peace, patience, and every other fruit of the Spirit. It’s also the source of faith because, without it, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).
How do you know if you’re abiding in Christ? If you have received the Holy Ghost by faith, you can learn by the fruit produced in your life. The Holy Spirit will cause you to have joy unspeakable and full of glory.
Isaiah 41:10 – Do not be afraid.
Do not be afraid—I am with you! I am your God—let nothing terrify you! I will make you strong and help you; I will protect you and save you.
~ Isaiah 41:10 (GNT)
This is a powerful promise God has given to all of us who trust Him. He will strengthen us, help us and uphold us in our time of loneliness.
He does not promise that it will be easy, but He does promise that it will be worth it when we are finished with our struggles.
Genesis 2:18 – Desire to love and be loved.
Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is right for him.”
~Genesis 2:18 (GWT)
God made us social beings with desires to love, be loved, and have relationships with others. As humans, we need companionship to flourish in life.
We were created by God, who has no needs or wants because He is perfect in all ways. But still, He created us so that we could reflect His glory through our lives (see Ephesians 1:6).
1 Chronicles 16:11- Trust in God’s mighty power
Trust the LORD and his mighty power. Worship him always.
~ 1 Chronicles 16:11 (CEV)
This verse helps me remember that it’s foolish to trust myself or anyone else over God. The only way to go through life successfully is by trusting Him completely.
1 Corinthians 7:28 – Faithfulness
It isn’t wrong to marry, even if you have never been married before. But those who marry will have a lot of trouble, and I want to protect you from this.
~1 Corinthians 7:28 (CEV)
This verse addresses Christians on how they should deal with marital issues. It started by saying that divorce is not allowed (1 Cor. 7:10). If a husband or wife is unsatisfied with their spouse, they can remain married or be single (1 Cor. 7:11-16).
If the husband or wife chooses to be single, they must remain celibate until God calls them back into marriage (1 Cor. 7:27-28).
Although Paul was talking directly to Christians in Corinth, this passage applies to all married Christians today.
Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me.
~John 16:32 (ESV)
This verse is compelling in John 16. It tells us that Jesus will be alone after he ascends into heaven. He will no longer be seen on earth with his disciples.
However, Jesus will not be genuinely alone because the Father will still be with him. This shows us that God is always there for us, and we are never truly alone if we have God in our hearts.
1 Corinthians 12:12
For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.
~1 Corinthians 12:12 (NKJV)
In this passage, Paul explains how the church is like one body of many people. He compares it to a physical body, which comprises many parts (i.e., hands, feet, eyes).
All the parts work together for the good of the whole. So too, with the church–each component (i.e., person) is essential and necessary for the survival of the whole.
“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
~John 14:18 (ESV)
Be strong and courageous. Don’t tremble! Don’t be afraid of them! The LORD your God is the one who is going with you. He won’t abandon you or leave you.”
~Deuteronomy 31:6 (GWT)
Let your character [your moral essence, your inner nature] be free from the love of money [shun greed–be financially ethical], being content with what you have; for He has said, “I WILL NEVER [under any circumstances] DESERT YOU [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], NOR WILL I FORSAKE or LET YOU DOWN or RELAX MY HOLD ON YOU [assuredly not]!”
~Hebrews 13:5 (AMP)