Abusive Husbands

Colossians 3:19 ESV / 113 helpful votes 

Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.

1 Peter 3:7 ESV / 89 helpful votes 

Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.

Hebrews 13:4 ESV / 74 helpful votes 

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

Proverbs 15:1 ESV / 69 helpful votes 

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Proverbs 22:10 ESV / 66 helpful votes 

Drive out a scoffer, and strife will go out, and quarreling and abuse will cease.

Ephesians 5:25-29 ESV / 65 helpful votes 

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church,

1 Corinthians 7:12-16 ESV / 59 helpful votes 

To the rest I say (I, not the Lord) that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he should not divorce her. If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. But if the unbelieving partner separates, let it be so. In such cases the brother or sister is not enslaved. God has called you to peace. For how do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?

1 Corinthians 7:15 ESV / 48 helpful votes 

But if the unbelieving partner separates, let it be so. In such cases the brother or sister is not enslaved. God has called you to peace.

Mark 10:2-12 ESV / 46 helpful votes 

And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and to send her away.” And Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ …

Ephesians 5:25 ESV / 39 helpful votes 

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,

1 John 1:9 ESV / 32 helpful votes 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Malachi 2:15-16 ESV / 32 helpful votes 

Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? And what was the one God seeking? Godly offspring. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth. “For the man who does not love his wife but divorces her, says the Lord, the God of Israel, covers his garment with violence, says the Lord of hosts. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and do not be faithless.”

Psalm 118:1-18 ESV / 26 helpful votes 

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Let the house of Aaron say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Let those who fear the Lord say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free. …

Psalm 55:20-21 ESV / 25 helpful votes 

My companion stretched out his hand against his friends; he violated his covenant. His speech was smooth as butter, yet war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords.

Matthew 19:3-9 ESV / 23 helpful votes 

And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?” …

Ephesians 5:28-29 ESV / 22 helpful votes 

In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church,

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 ESV / 20 helpful votes 

The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.

1 Corinthians 7:1-11 ESV / 17 helpful votes 

Now concerning the matters about 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. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. …

1 Corinthians 7:11 ESV / 16 helpful votes 

(but if she does, she should remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband), and the husband should not divorce his wife.

Ecclesiastes 9:9 ESV / 16 helpful votes 

Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your vain life that he has given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun.

John 3:16 ESV / 11 helpful votes 

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Matthew 5:44 ESV / 10 helpful votes 

But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

1 John 4:18 ESV / 9 helpful votes 

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

1 Corinthians 7:2 ESV / 9 helpful votes 

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

Malachi 2:16 ESV / 7 helpful votes 

“For the man who does not love his wife but divorces her, says the Lord, the God of Israel, covers his garment with violence, says the Lord of hosts. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and do not be faithless.”

John 11:35 ESV / 5 helpful votes 

Jesus wept.

John 6:10 ESV / 5 helpful votes 

Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, about five thousand in number.

1 Timothy 3:12 ESV / 4 helpful votes 

Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well.

Malachi 2:14 ESV / 4 helpful votes 

But you say, “Why does he not?” Because the Lord was witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant.

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,

2 Corinthians 6:14 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?

1 Corinthians 11:3 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.

1 Corinthians 7:12 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

To the rest I say (I, not the Lord) that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he should not divorce her.

1 Corinthians 7:10-11 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

To the married I give this charge (not I, but the Lord): the wife should not separate from her husband (but if she does, she should remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband), and the husband should not divorce his wife.

Matthew 19:9 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.”

1 Peter 3:1-6 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct. Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, …

Ephesians 5:33 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

Ephesians 5:23 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.

Ephesians 5:22 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.

1 Corinthians 7:13 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him.

Matthew 5:31 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

“It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’

Jeremiah 3:8 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

She saw that for all the adulteries of that faithless one, Israel, I had sent her away with a decree of divorce. Yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but she too went and played the whore.

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