19 Bible Verses about Living Together Before Marriage

Living together before marriage is prevalent in today’s society, and many couples choose this option because it gives them a sense of security and security. The Bible does not condemn living together before marriage, but it does say that couples should not do this if they are not yet married.

Bible Verses about Living Together Before Marriage

There are many Bible verses about this topic so let’s look at the following 19 Bible verses about living together before marriage to help you understand why living together like this is wrong.

Hebrews 13:4 – Marriage fidelity.

Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.

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This passage speaks specifically about marriage fidelity and sexual intercourse, which God ordained at the beginning of creation.

This passage focuses powerfully on marital faithfulness and sexual purity, which is ridiculed by today’s society, even by Christians.

Rather than celebrating the beauty and sacredness of the marriage bed God created and honoring one’s vows, many people today ridicule, dishonor, debase, and dismiss the religious institute of marriage; this passage always enlightens us that God will judge them all.

Marriage is honorable and instituted by God in the beginning, for a man is met to leave his father and mother, be united with his wife, and become one with her. God established the marriage of one man with one woman before man sinned, and it was pronounced to be holy by Him. Jesus confirmed that God made males and females unite together as one.


1 Corinthians 6:18-20 – Our bodies are the temples of God.

Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

1 Corinthians 6:18-20 ESV

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Anything our God wants us to refrain from doing is undoubtedly not good for humanity. According to the scripture, our bodies are God’s temples of God, so He desires that we turn away from sexual immorality.

Since God created us in His image and likeness and by His breath, any sin committed against our physical bodies is unquestionably a sin against Him directly.

We should understand that we don’t own ourselves; God created us, and we never made ourselves or formed from nowhere. God created us, so we must walk according to his laws to escape punishment.


1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 – Sexual immorality or sin can stunt our spiritual progress.

For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God;

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 ESV

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God’s will for His children is that we refrain from sexual immorality; every form of sexual immorality or pornography, whether heterosexual, homosexual, premarital, or extra-marital sex, is an abomination to the Lord and prevents any form of progressive sanctification. God wants believers to take and have control over their emotions and keep themselves holy.

Abstaining from sexual immorality is singled out as vital in practical spiritual growth. Engaging in sexual immorality separates man from fellowship with God. Sexual evil or sin can stunt our spiritual progress, prevent us from growing in grace and the spirit of God, and cause  Christians to backslide into carnality.

1 Corinthians 7 1-40 – Sex isn’t met for the unmarried.

Now concerning the matters abanyout which you wrote: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband. For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does….

1 Corinthians 7:1-40 ESV

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It should be noted that sex isn’t met for the unmarried, which is the challenge and questions Paul faced about sex. We believers should know God desired sex to ease man’s boredom.

The scripture ma e us understand that after God created Adam, God saw that it wasn’t good for Adam to be alone; he created eve and made them both live in the garden together.

So this passage is simply telling us the criteria to have sex. Sex involves the married, which is approved by God so that it won’t be abused.

Ephesians 5:5 – God has given us instructions.

For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

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God’s kingdom restricts fornicators, adulterers, or anyone who involves in sexual immorality His kingdom. God has instructed us to follow and do according to what He says.

The kingdom of God is meant for those who obey His commandment and do what he wants them to do, not those who go against it; God hates disobedient children; he wants them that are of him to be obedient to His word.

Genesis 2:24-25 – God’s plan of sex is one man to one woman.

Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

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God’s plan of sex is one man to one woman; if not, sex will be abused, and many will kill themselves and lose their womb because of the abuse of sex, so where believers are instructed to get married. The biggest reason for marriage is because they can’t stay, so Paul urged them to get married.

Go,d at the beginning of creation, created man in His image and, like ess and saw that man was alone, and that wasn’t good enough; h  had to make a woman out of the man for them to become husband and wife.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – Keep your body pure.

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV

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The idea many people say that our bodies don’t matter is ultimately false, and most of them use this statement to satisfy their immoral acts.

A Christian’s body is where the Holy Spirit lives. In a sense, and most, be sacred and kept Holy. Our body should be kept Holy, pure, and distanced from sin because the body is not ours.

As Paul earlier mentioned, our body isn’t ours, but it’s the temple of God and must be kept Holy so the Holy Spirit can dwell in us and function the way it wants.

Matthew 5:28 – The sin of sexual immorality.

But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

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Here this scripture enlightens us more about the sin of sexual immorality, that it’s not only when a man commits adultery or fornication that he has sinned.

But any who covet his neighbor’s wife or have a wanton desire have already achieved, for as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.

Genesis 2:24 – Multiplication of the world won’t be possible without marriage.

Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

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Reproduction is a continuous process; God, after creation, instructed man to go into the world and multiply.

Multiplication of the world won’t be possible without marriage. Otherwise, it is fornication, tagged as a wrong sin in God’s sight.

So it is mandatory that a man leaves his father’s house and get himself attached to a woman; they will become one body and one family.

2 Timothy 2:22 – Flee from negativity.

So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

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Youthful passion inculcates much negativity, which may involve lust, sexual immorality or pornography, heterosexual, homosexual, premarital, or extra-marital sex.

So here,e God wants us to flee from them and embrace righteousness which makes us Holy and clean before God, Love to others around us, and peaceful to those who might have offended us in one way or another.

1 Corinthians 7:2

But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband.

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It’s against the will of God and oneself that one should have sex with a woman he’s not married to. But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, it is proper that a man should get a woman and call her his wife.

Paul here has seen that many have fallen to the temptation of sexual immorality, which might lead one to rape and commit dubious acts. Paul instructs in getting married because he knows the urge will always come.

Mark  7:21-23

For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

Mark 7:21-23 ESV

As believers, we must learn how to guide ourselves against our thoughts, what we think, and reason. The worldly view might trigger us to the negative, leading us to trouble and sin against God and humanity.

The heart controls all parts of the body. Before a man takes action, he has planned it in his heart. The same goes for sexual immorality. A man can commit sexual sin in His heart even without performing the act—these thoughts, which come within, defile the body too.

Ephesians 5:3

But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.

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The passage isn’t even about the acts, but a believer should not be named among them the import,e Even if it’s true. This means we should be mindful of people we associate with, and by their actions, we can also be tagged like them.

As a Christian, any act seen as impure shouldn’t be said about believers or even found among them. There’s a tag about Christians that have to be kept and continued.

Believers are like mirrors to the world, so sexual immorality, covetousness, the lust of the eye, and other impure acts should not b  found among them. Christians should be the ones to set an example for the world and not live like worldly people.

1 Corinthians 6:13

“Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.

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The passage urges believers and reminds them that the body they have isn’t for sexual immorality activities; God didn’t create them for that, but God created them for Himself, so they can use themselves to worship God, and through them, God’s glory will be seen and appreciated.

As believers, we should know that our body belongs to God, so we should be mindful of what we take into our body, be it smoking or drinking.

1 Corinthians 3:16

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?

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We should know that our body is God’s temple,e and God’s spirit dwells in our body. Since we are now enlightened by the scripture about who we are and the power we call, it calls for us to mind what we use our body for, what we do to the body or the cut we go to the body, calling it to tattoo.

We should know what we think and absorb to the body, what we listen to and who talks to us, and what we take into our body like liquor or snooks.

Matthew 5:32

But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

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Married couples seeking to divorce each other should be on the ground that both parties have committed adultery and can no longer want to continue in the marriage before they can divorce.

Christians and believers of Christ who are married should abstain from every act of adultery, show excellent and godly manners in their marriage, and show others examples by maintaining and settling their disputes religiously.

1 Corinthians 6:9

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,

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As Christians and believers of Christ, righteousness is the qualification to inherit God’s kingdom. Any man who goes against the will and commandment of God, be it sexual immorality, idolaters, fornicators, or those who practice homosexuality, shall not inherit the kingdom.

Proverbs 5:18-19

Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth, a lovely deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight; be intoxicated always in her love.

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God has given instructions to man about marriage. As a Christian and believer of Christ, a man is to marry one wife and enjoy anything that life offers, and she could be divorced only on the ground of adultery.

Marriage is met to be blessed by God and should be a union of two coming together to become one.

Even today, getting married at a young age is very important; it makes you enjoy the essence of your marriage, as the scripture mentioned.