Bible verses on Love


The Bible contains a great variety of verses that speak about love; scriptures can be found covering the 3 types:

  • Agape (divine love)
  • Eros (love between a couple)
  • Phileo (love between family and friends)


The following list is a small sample of the quotes you can read about the vast topic of love.



1 Corinthians 13:1-3

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
(NIV)


1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
(NIV)


1 Corinthians 13:13

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
(NIV)


Song of Songs 8:7

Many waters cannot quench love, nor can the floods drown it.
If a man would give for love all the wealth of his house, it would be utterly despised.
(NKJV)


Proverbs 10:12

Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins.
(NKJV)


Proverbs 21:21

Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.
(NIV)


Bible verses about love for friends and family | Phileo Love

Proverbs 13:24

Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.
(NIV)


Proverbs 15:17

Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred.
(NIV)


Proverbs 17:17

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
(NIV)


1 John 3:16

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.
(NIV)


Proverbs 17:9

Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.
(NLT)


John 15:13

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
(NIV)

Bible verses about love between spouses | Eros Love

Proverbs 30:18-19

There are three things that amaze me— no, four things that I don’t understand:
how an eagle glides through the sky,
how a snake slithers on a rock,
how a ship navigates the ocean,
how a man loves a woman.
(NLT)

Bible verses about God's unconditional love for Us | Agape Love

1 John 4:16-18

And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
The Consummation of Love

Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
(NKJV)

Bible verses about our love for God

Joshua 22:5

But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you: to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to keep his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.
(NIV)

Bible verses about loving our neighbor

Matthew 5:43-45

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
(NKJV)

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