Love in the Bible



Bible Encyclopedia for LOVE.



Definition of love


  • Exodus 20:6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
  • Deuteronomy 5:10 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.
  • Deuteronomy 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
  • Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;
  • Also Deuteronomy 10:12; 11:1,13,22; 13:3; 30:6,16,20; Joshua 22:5; 23:11; Psalm 18:1; 31:23; 37:4; 45:10-11; 63:5-6; 69:35-36; 73:25-26; 91:14; 97:10; 116:1; 145:20; Proverbs 8:17; 23:26; Isaiah 56:6-7; Jeremiah 2:2-3; Matthew 22:37-38; Mark 12:29-30,32-33; Luke 11:42; John 5:42; Romans 5:5; 8:28; 1 Corinthians 8:3; Philippians 1:9; 2 Thessalonians 3:5; 2 Timothy 1:7; 1 John 2:5,15; 3:17-18; 4:12,16-21; 5:1-3; 2 John 6; Jude 21.

See also McClintock and Strong Cyclopedia for Love.


  • Matthew 10:37-38 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
  • Matthew 25:34-40 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? ...
  • Also Matthew 27:55-61; Mark 9:41; Luke 2:29-30; 7:47; John 8:42; 14:15,21,23,28; 15:9; 16:27; 17:26; 21:17; Acts 21:13; 1 Corinthians 16:22; 2 Corinthians 5:6,8,14-15; Galatians 5:6,22; 6:14; Ephesians 3:17-19; 4:15; 6:24; Philippians 1:9,20-21,23; 3:7-8; Colossians 1:8; 2 Thessalonians 3:5; 2 Timothy 1:13; 4:8; Philemon 5; Hebrews 6:10; James 1:12; 2:5; 1 Peter 1:8; 2:7; Revelation 2:4.



  • Matthew 26:6-13 Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, 7 There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat. 8 But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste? 9 For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor. ...
  • Also John 12:3-8; Luke 10:39.


  • Matthew 17:4 Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
  • John 13:37 Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake.
  • John 18:10 Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus.
  • John 20:3-6 Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. 4 So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. 5 And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. 6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie,
  • Also John 21:7.


  • John 11:16 Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellowdisciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him.

The disciples

  • Mark 16:10 And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.
  • Luke 24:17-41 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad? 18 And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days? 19 And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: 20 And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. ...
  • Also John 20:20.

Mary Magdalene and other disciples

  • Matthew 27:55-56 And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him: 56 Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's children.
  • Matthew 27:61 And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre.
  • Matthew 28:1-9 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. 2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. 3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: 4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. ...
  • Also Luke 8:2-3; 23:27,55-56; 24:1-10; John 20:1-2,11-18.

A man from Gadara (Gerasa) out of whom Jesus cast an evil spirit

  • Mark 5:18 And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him.

Joseph of Aramathaea

  • Matthew 27:57-60 When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple: 58 He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. 59 And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.


  • John 19:39-40 And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. 40 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.

Women of Jerusalem

  • Luke 23:27 And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him.


  • Leviticus 19:18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.
  • Leviticus 19:34 But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.
  • Deuteronomy 10:19 Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.
  • Psalm 133 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! 2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; 3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.
  • Also Proverbs 10:12; 15:17; 17:9,17; Song of Solomon 8:6-7; Matthew 5:41-47; 7:12; 10:41-42; 19:19; 25:34-40; Mark 9:41; 12:30-33; Luke 6:31-35; 10:30-37; John 13:14-15,34-35; 15:12-13,17; Romans 12:9-10; 13:8-10; 1 Corinthians 8:1; 13; 14:1; 16:14; 2 Corinthians 8:7-8; Galatians 5:13-14,22,26; Ephesians 5:2; Philippians 1:9; 2:2; Colossians 2:2; 3:12; 1 Thessalonians 1:3; 3:12; 4:9; 1 Timothy 1:5,14; 2:15; 4:12; 6:2; 2 Timothy 2:22; Titus 3:15; Philemon 12-16; Hebrews 10:24; James 2:8; 1 Peter 1:22; 2:17; 3:8-9; 4:8; 2 Peter 1:7; 1 John 2:9-11; 3:11,14,16-19,23; 4:7,11-12,20-21; 5:1-2; 2 John 5.


  • Exodus 32:31-32 And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold. 32 Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin--; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.
  • Psalm 133 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! 2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; 3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.
  • Also Proverbs 24:17-18; Matthew 5:41-42; 10:41-42; 25:34-40; Mark 9:41; Luke 10:25-37; Acts 20:26-27,31; 26:29; Romans 1:12; 5:7; 9:1-3; 12:15-16; 14:19,21; 15:1-2,5,7,14-15,24,32; 16:1-16,19; 1 Corinthians 1:4; 4:14-16; 10:24; 2 Corinthians 1:3-6,14,23-24; 2; 3:2; 4:5; 6:4-6,11-13; 7:1-4,7,12; 11:2; 12:14-16,19-21; 13:9; Galatians 4:11-20; 6:1-2,10; Ephesians 3:13; 4:2,32; 6:22,24; Philippians 1:3-5,7-8,23-26; 2:19; 3:18; 4:1; Colossians 1:3-4,24,28-29; 2:1,5; 4:7; 1 Thessalonians 1:3-4; 2:7-8,11-12,17-20; 3:5,7-10,12; 5:8,11,14; 2 Thessalonians 1:4; 1 Timothy 1:5; 5:9-10; 6:2,11; 2 Timothy 1:3-4,8; 2:10; Philemon 8-9,12,16-21; Hebrews 5:2; 6:9-10; 13:1-3,22; James 1:27.



Abraham for Lot

  • Genesis 14:14-16 And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan. 15 And he divided himself against them, he and his servants, by night, and smote them, and pursued them unto Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus. 16 And he brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people.

Naomi, Ruth, and Boaz

  • Ruth 1 Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehemjudah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons. 2 And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehemjudah. And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there. 3 And Elimelech Naomi's husband died; and she was left, and her two sons. 4 And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there about ten years. ...
  • Also Ruth 2; 3.

David's subjects

  • 2 Samuel 15:30 And David went up by the ascent of mount Olivet, and wept as he went up, and had his head covered, and he went barefoot: and all the people that was with him covered every man his head, and they went up, weeping as they went up.
  • 2 Samuel 17:27-29 And it came to pass, when David was come to Mahanaim, that Shobi the son of Nahash of Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and Machir the son of Ammiel of Lodebar, and Barzillai the Gileadite of Rogelim, 28 Brought beds, and basons, and earthen vessels, and wheat, and barley, and flour, and parched corn, and beans, and lentiles, and parched pulse, 29 And honey, and butter, and sheep, and cheese of kine, for David, and for the people that were with him, to eat: for they said, The people is hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness.

Obadiah for the prophets

  • 1 Kings 18:4 For it was so, when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the LORD, that Obadiah took an hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water.)

Jehoshabeath for Joash

  • 2 Chronicles 22:11 But Jehoshabeath, the daughter of the king, took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him from among the king's sons that were slain, and put him and his nurse in a bedchamber. So Jehoshabeath, the daughter of king Jehoram, the wife of Jehoiada the priest, (for she was the sister of Ahaziah,) hid him from Athaliah, so that she slew him not.

Nehemiah for Israelites

  • Nehemiah 5:10-15 I likewise, and my brethren, and my servants, might exact of them money and corn: I pray you, let us leave off this usury. 11 Restore, I pray you, to them, even this day, their lands, their vineyards, their oliveyards, and their houses, also the hundredth part of the money, and of the corn, the wine, and the oil, that ye exact of them. 12 Then said they, We will restore them, and will require nothing of them; so will we do as thou sayest. Then I called the priests, and took an oath of them, that they should do according to this promise. 13 Also I shook my lap, and said, So God shake out every man from his house, and from his labour, that performeth not this promise, even thus be he shaken out, and emptied. And all the congregation said, Amen, and praised the LORD. And the people did according to this promise. ...

Mordecai for Esther

  • Esther 2:7 And he brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle's daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and the maid was fair and beautiful; whom Mordecai, when her father and mother were dead, took for his own daughter.

Job's friends

  • Job 42:11 Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.

Centurion for his servant

  • Luke 7:2-6 And a certain centurion's servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die. 3 And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant. 4 And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this: 5 For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue. ...

Roman Christians for Paul

  • Acts 28:15 And from thence, when the brethren heard of us, they came to meet us as far as Appii forum, and The three taverns: whom when Paul saw, he thanked God, and took courage.


The root of evil

  • 1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.




See also BROTHER



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