61+ Powerful Bible Verses About Adultery

Adultery violates the sacred covenant of marriage, yet this sin ensnares many.

This article explores key Bible verses about adultery that outline its destructive consequences while offering hope and redemption to those entangled in its grasp.

Whether used for study, meditation, or reflection, these scriptures provide stern warnings against infidelity alongside gentle restoration for the repentant.

It is our hope these verses prick the conscience of any contemplating adultery while comforting those ready to exchange past unfaithfulness for a new beginning.

Bible Verses About Adultery

1. Definition and Prohibitions – Bible verses about adultery prohibiting adultery and defining it as sin.

Exodus 20:14: You shall not commit adultery.

Deuteronomy 5:18: Neither shall you commit adultery.

Matthew 5:27-28: You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Leviticus 20:10: If a man commits adultery with the wife of his neighbor, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.

Proverbs 6:32: He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself.

Hebrews 13:4: 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 30:20: This is the way of an adulteress: she eats and wipes her mouth and says, ‘I have done no wrong.’

Job 24:15-16: The eye of the adulterer also waits for the twilight, saying, ‘No eye will see me’; and he veils his face. In the dark they dig through houses; by day they shut themselves up; they do not know the light.

2. Adultery and Marriage Covenants- Bible verses about adultery depicting adultery as a violation of the marriage covenant. 

Proverbs 2:16-19: So you will be delivered from the forbidden woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words, who forsakes the companion of her youth and forgets the covenant of her God; for her house sinks down to death, and her paths to the departed; none who go to her come back, nor do they regain the paths of life.

Malachi 2:14-16: 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. 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.’

Proverbs 5:15-20: Drink water from your own cistern, flowing water from your own well. Should your springs be scattered abroad, streams of water in the streets? Let them be for yourself alone, and not for strangers with you. 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.

Matthew 19:9: And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.

1 Corinthians 7:2-5: 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.

Ephesians 5:31-32: Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.

Proverbs 5:14: Drink water from your own cistern, flowing water from your own well.

Proverbs 6:25-29: Do not desire her beauty in your heart, and do not let her capture you with her eyelashes; for the price of a prostitute is only a loaf of bread, but a married woman hunts down a precious life. Can a man carry fire next to his chest and his clothes not be burned? Or can one walk on hot coals and his feet not be scorched? So is he who goes in to his neighbor’s wife; none who touches her will go unpunished.

Proverbs 6:30-33: People do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his appetite when he is hungry, but if he is caught, he will pay sevenfold; he will give all the goods of his house. He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself. He will get wounds and dishonor, and his disgrace will not be wiped away.

Adultery Bible Verse
Adultery Bible Verse

3. Results of Adultery – Bible verses on adultery describing negative consequences like destruction, punishment, and death. 

Proverbs 6:32-33: He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself. He will get wounds and dishonor, and his disgrace will not be wiped away.

Hebrews 13:4: 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 5:22-23: The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him, and he is held fast in the cords of his sin. He dies for lack of discipline, and because of his great folly, he is led astray.

Proverbs 7:22-23: All at once he follows her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a stag is caught fast till an arrow pierces its liver; as a bird rushes into a snare; he does not know that it will cost him his life.

Proverbs 6:27-29: Can a man carry fire next to his chest and his clothes not be burned? Or can one walk on hot coals and his feet not be scorched? So is he who goes in to his neighbor’s wife; none who touches her will go unpunished.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10: 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, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

Jeremiah 29:23: Because they have done an outrageous thing in Israel, they have committed adultery with their neighbors’ wives, and they have spoken in my name lying words that I did not command them. I am the one who knows, and I am witness, declares the LORD.

Proverbs 2:18-19: For her house sinks down to death, and her paths to the departed; none who go to her come back, nor do they regain the paths of life.

4. Adultery of the Heart – Scriptures on adultery of the mind and heart equated to physical acts. 

Matthew 5:27-28: You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Matthew 15:19: For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.

Proverbs 6:25: Do not desire her beauty in your heart, and do not let her capture you with her eyelashes.

Proverbs 23:26: My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.

Mark 7:20-23: And he said, ‘What comes out of a person is what defiles him. 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.’

James 1:14-15: But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

Proverbs 24:9: The devising of folly is sin, and the scoffer is an abomination to mankind.

Ezekiel 6:9: Then those of you who escape will remember me among the nations where they are carried captive, how I have been broken over their whoring heart that has departed from me and over their eyes that go whoring after their idols. And they will be loathsome in their own sight for the evils that they have committed, for all their abominations.

Adultery Scripture
Adultery Scripture

5. Warnings Against Adultery – Stern warnings not to commit adultery.

Proverbs 7:24-27: Now then, my sons, listen to me; pay attention to what I say. Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into her paths. Many are the victims she has brought down; her slain are a mighty throng. Her house is a highway to the grave, leading down to the chambers of death.

1 Corinthians 6:18-20: 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.

Proverbs 6:20-24: My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching. Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck. When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk with you. For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life, to preserve you from the evil woman, from the smooth tongue of the adulteress.

Proverbs 5:8-14: Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house, lest you lose your honor to others and your dignity to one who is cruel, lest strangers feast on your wealth and your toil enrich the house of another. At the end of your life, you will groan, when your flesh and body are spent. You will say, “How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction! I would not obey my teachers or turn my ear to my instructors.”

Proverbs 2:18-19: Surely her house leads down to death and her paths to the spirits of the dead. None who go to her return or attain the paths of life.

Proverbs 9:13-18: The woman folly is loud; she is seductive and knows nothing. She sits at the door of her house; she takes a seat on the highest places of the town, calling to those who pass by, who are going straight on their way, “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!” And to him who lacks sense, she says, “Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.” But he does not know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.

2 Samuel 11:2-4: One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof, he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her.

2 Samuel 12:7-12: Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. I gave your master’s house to you and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more.

Why did you despise the word of the LORD by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.'”

6. Resisting Adultery – Passages about resisting temptation to adultery. 

Proverbs 5:1-6: My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding, that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge. For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil, but in the end, she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps follow the path to Sheol; she does not ponder the path of life; her ways wander, and she does not know it.

Job 31:1, 9-12: “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman… If my heart has been enticed by a woman, or if I have lurked at my neighbor’s door, then may my wife grind another man’s grain, and may other men sleep with her. For that would have been wicked, a sin to be judged.”

1 Corinthians 10:13: No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

James 4:7-8: Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God, and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5: 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.

Colossians 3:5: Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, and greed, which is idolatry.

1 Peter 2:11: Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.

Bible Verse About Adultery
Bible Verse About Adultery

7. Bible Verses about Adultery and Sexual Morality – Grouping verses prohibiting various immoral acts.

Leviticus 18:20: You shall not lie sexually with your neighbor’s wife and so make yourself unclean with her.

1 Corinthians 6:9: Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men.

Galatians 5:19-21: The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5: 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.

Ephesians 5:3-5: But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk, or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this, you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

Colossians 3:5-6: Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.

1 Corinthians 5:1-2: It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that even pagans do not tolerate: A man is sleeping with his father’s wife. And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have gone into mourning and have put out of your fellowship the man who has been doing this?

Jude 1:7: In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.

8. Forgiveness of Adultery – Bible verses about adultery repentance, forgiveness and restoration.

John 8:10-11: Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

Psalm 51: Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion, blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

Proverbs 28:13: Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Jeremiah 3:1: “If a man divorces his wife and she leaves him and marries another man, should he return to her again? Would not the land be completely defiled? But you have lived as a prostitute with many lovers—would you now return to me?” declares the LORD.

Hosea 2:14-16: “Therefore, I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her. There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. There she will respond as in the days of her youth, as in the day she came up out of Egypt.”

Matthew 6:14-15: For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Ephesians 1:7-8: In him, we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.

Scripture On Adultery
Scripture On Adultery

Pastoral Perspective: Probing Deeper Into Bible Verses About Adultery

1. What do these bible verses about adultery teach us?

  • Adultery is clearly prohibited in Scripture (Exodus 20:14, Deuteronomy 5:18, Leviticus 20:10).
  • Adultery constitutes unfaithfulness and betrayal of the marriage covenant (Proverbs 2:16-19, Malachi 2:14-16).
  • Adultery has destructive spiritual and relational consequences (Proverbs 5:7-14, Proverbs 6:32-33).
  • Lustful intent equals adultery of the heart (Matthew 5:27-28, Matthew 15:19).
  • Adultery must be resisted through wisdom, self-control and avoiding temptation (Proverbs 5:1-14, Job 31:1, James 4:7-8).
  • Adultery contradicts sexual purity; repentance brings forgiveness (Leviticus 18:20, 1 Corinthians 6:18, John 8:1-11).

2. As a scholar, can you offer insights into the nuances and subtleties of ‘adultery bible verses’ that may not be immediately apparent, enriching our understanding of adultery in scripture?

  • Adultery encompasses emotional and physical unfaithfulness in all its forms.
  • Repentance and forgiveness are available, but consequences may remain.
  • Guarding your heart and mind is key to avoiding adultery (Proverbs 4:23, Philippians 4:8).
  • Healthy intimacy in marriage is protective against the lure of adultery (Proverbs 5:15-19, 1 Corinthians 7:3-5).
  • Occasions of adultery often stem from unaddressed conflicts in marriage.
  • Spiritual adultery also occurs when believers are unfaithful to God through idolatry (Jeremiah 3:6-10, Ezekiel 23, Revelation 2:22).

3. What would be considered a very important ‘bible verse about adultery’ that I could reflect on, meditate on, or use as a guide when seeking to understand the biblical perspective on fidelity and the sanctity of marriage?

Hebrews 13:4 is a bible verse about adultery offers a clear guide for understanding marital purity:

“Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.”

This verse reminds us that Scripture elevates faithfulness in marriage as sacred before God. It should compel us to meditate on honoring marriage covenants and reflecting on whether our thoughts, words, and actions align with fidelity.

4. Using relevant scriptures on adultery, can you give me some practical steps that individuals and believers can take to uphold the principles of faithfulness and marital commitment?

  • Flee from tempting situations immediately (2 Timothy 2:22).
  • Seek pastoral counsel if facing marital difficulties (1 Corinthians 7:5).
  • Pray together as a couple for unity and intimacy (Matthew 18:19-20).
  • Memorize adultery scriptures to recite when tempted (Psalm 119:11).
  • Attend discipleship groups for marriage enrichment.
  • Establish safeguards and internet/device accountability.
  • Serve together in ministry to avoid idleness.
  • Schedule regular date nights to cultivate intimacy.

5. What practical strategies can individuals employ to incorporate ‘scripture on adultery’ into their daily lives, making it a central part of their decision-making and actions in maintaining the sanctity of marriage?

  • Memorize and meditate on an adultery bible verse regularly.
  • Discuss scriptures on adultery with your spouse.
  • Post bible verses on adultery around the house as marital fidelity reminders.
  • Study adultery bible verses during devotional times together.
  • Share verses on marital purity with friends struggling in this area.
  • Review adultery bible verses before attending social gatherings without your spouse.
  • Pray together through scriptures on resisting temptation.

6. What are some specific examples from the scriptures that show biblical figures or stories addressing the challenges of adultery and emphasizing the importance of fidelity in God’s plan?

  • Joseph resisting adultery with Potiphar’s wife (Genesis 39:7-12)
  • David and Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11)
  • Samson and Delilah’s unfaithfulness (Judges 16)
  • Hosea and Gomer as a metaphor of God’s faithfulness to unfaithful Israel (Hosea 1-3)
  • Jesus teaching against adultery of the heart (Matthew 5:27-30)

7. In your ministry at Divine Disclosures, how have you witnessed Bible verses on adultery being a transformative force in the lives of believers, influencing their understanding and commitment to maintaining healthy and faithful marriages?

I have seen scriptures on adultery help heal and transform many marriages:

  • Couples on the brink of divorce finding restoration after going through biblical counseling and repenting of adultery.
  • Wives rebuilding trust in unfaithful husbands as they undergo processes of confession, repentance and accountability guided by verses on reconciliation.
  • Men trapped in pornography renouncing destructive habits through relying on Psalms that promote purity.
  • Believers gaining a renewed eternal perspective on marriage’s sanctity from studying Ephesians 5.

I’m continually amazed by God’s grace in using His Word to produce purity from brokenness and bind up wounded marriages.

8. What bible verse on adultery helps guide decisions and actions, especially when facing challenges and temptations that may threaten the sanctity of marriage?

Job 31:1 is a bible verse about adultery gives strength to resist:

“I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman.”

This verse reminds us to be proactive guarding thoughts and avoiding temptation in order to honor marriage covenants.

9. Is there a scripture about adultery that provides wisdom for daily living and facing the complexities of relationships with faith and perseverance?

Proverbs 4:23 is a scripture about adultery that offers practical wisdom for purity:

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

This encourages carefully protecting our thought life and affections since improper desires lead to sinful actions like adultery.

10. Is there a scripture for adultery that empowers individuals to distinguish right from wrong and navigate the challenges of maintaining fidelity in marriage with grace and responsibility?

1 Corinthians 6:18 s a scripture for adultery makes this distinction clear:

“Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.”

This verse clarifies that sexual sin uniquely defiles us, distinguishing it from other sins.

11. Can you recommend a scripture on adultery to help individuals make decisions with a mindset of honoring the sacred covenant of marriage in alignment with God’s will?

Proverbs 5:15-19 s a scripture on adultery that exhorts valuing marital intimacy:

“Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well…may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be intoxicated with her love.”

This passage encourages finding sensual and spiritual fulfillment within marriage, not outside it.

12. What adultery scripture would you suggest I meditate on when seeking the strength to navigate the complexities and challenges of maintaining a faithful and healthy marriage?

Ephesians 5:25 is an adultery bible verse that gives guidance for meditation:

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

Reflecting on Christ’s sacrificial love can inspire the same fierce devotion and purity in marriage.

13. Can you give me some good short bible quotes on adultery, ideal for daily inspiration and encouragement, especially in times of relationship challenges and temptations?

  • “You shall not commit adultery.” (Exodus 20:14)
  • “Flee from sexual immorality.” (1 Corinthians 6:18)
  • “Whoever commits adultery lacks sense.” (Proverbs 6:32)
  • “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us.” (1 John 1:9)

14. Are there any other resources that can help me understand and uphold the principles of fidelity and marital commitment in alignment with biblical teachings?

Some additional resources on biblical marriage principles:

  • Books: Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas, The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller
  • Marriage enrichment classes and seminars at local churches
  • Pre-marital and marital counseling based on Scripture
  • Ministries like Family Life Today offering marriage videos and conferences
  • Pastors and teachers well-versed in Scripture’s view of marriage such as John Piper, Paul Washer

Moving Beyond this Article on Adultery Bible Verses

As we have seen, the Bible strongly condemns the sin of adultery. Bible Verses about Adultery warn us not to lust or walk in sexual immorality and highlight adultery’s damaging consequences. May this exploration of passages stir you to greater fidelity and purity.

I encourage you to talk to God directly about adultery and any temptation to stray through prayer. Seek Him to strengthen your commitment to faithfulness. Additionally, explore other articles featuring Bible verses on various topics for your ongoing spiritual growth and protection.

Lastly, share Divine Disclosures and this article on adultery with those working through marital struggles. Together, through God’s Word, prayer, and accountability, we can find grace to guard our hearts and maintain integrity. As iron sharpens iron, we can rally together against the enemy seeking to sabotage our marriages through deception and temptation. Scripture arms us to resist the devil.

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