Also called: Celibacy
Not being married.

Top Bible Verses about Singleness

Jeremiah 16:2

“You shall not take for yourself a wife, there shall not be for you sons and daughters in this place.” Read Jeremiah 16:2

Matthew 19:10–12

The disciples said to him, “If this is the case of a man with his wife, it would be better not to marry!” But he said to them, “Not everyone can accept this saying but those to whom it has been given. For there are eunuchs who were born as such from their mother’s womb, and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by people, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who is able to accept this, let him accept it.” Read Matthew 19:10–12

1 Corinthians 7:6–9

But I say this as a concession, not as a command. I wish all people could be like myself, but each one has his own gift from God, one in this way and another in that way. Now I say to the unmarried and to the widows: It is good for them if they remain as I am. But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with sexual desire. Read 1 Corinthians 7:6–9

1 Corinthians 7:32–38

But I want you to be free from care. The unmarried person cares for the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord. But the one who is married cares for the things of the world, how he may please his wife, and he is divided. And the unmarried woman or the virgin cares for the things of the Lord, in order that she may be holy both in body and in spirit. But the married woman cares for the things of the world, how she may please her husband. Now I am saying this for your own benefit, not that … Read 1 Corinthians 7:32–38

1 Timothy 5:11–14

But refuse younger widows, for whenever their physical desires lead them away from Christ, they want to marry, thus incurring condemnation because they have broken their former pledge. And at the same time also, going around from house to house, they learn to be idle, and not only idle, but also gossipy and busybodies, saying the things that are not necessary. Therefore I want younger widows to marry, to bear children, to manage a household, to give the adversary no opportunity for reproach. Read 1 Timothy 5:11–14

Famous Christian Quotes About Singleness, Celibacy

“Grant Me Chastity and Continence, but Not Yet”

I, miserable young man, supremely miserable even in the very outset of my youth, had entreated chastity of you, and said, “Grant me chastity and continence, but not yet.”

Augustine of Hippo
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