75 Bible Verses for Failing Marriage

By David Small •  Updated: 02/04/20 •  10 min read

A failing marriage can scare you and disrupt your life in a big way. It threatens the stability of everything you hold dear.

Gary Thomas notes that every marriage has difficult moments because of the reality of sin.

Dealing with a failing marriage requires your active participation in solving the problems you face.

Bible Verses for Failing Marriage

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Tom Clark says you must be fully committed to your marriage if you are going to save it.

God’s word is powerful and can heal your failing marriage.

Below are 75 Bible verses for a failing marriage. Be sure to pay attention to #51, it will surprise you.

1. Isaiah 55:8

“‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord.” (Lord, help me see my marriage troubles from your perspective.)

2. 1 Corinthians 7:3

“The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband.” (Lord, help my spouse and I not to neglect our marital duties.)

3. Ecclesiastes 9:9

“Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love…” (Lord, help me enjoy life with my spouse.)

4. Ephesians 5:25

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” (Lord, fill me with a lasting love for my spouse.)

5. Philippians 4:13

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Lord, strengthen me to deal with the challenges in my marriage.)

6. 1 Peter 4:8

“Above all, love each other deeply because love covers over a multitude of sins.” (Lord, may we love each other and not focus on our sins.)

7. Colossians 3:18

“Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.” (Lord, may my spouse and I submit to each other.)

8. Proverbs 31:12

“She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.” (Lord, may I bring good to my spouse’s life always.)

9. Proverbs 24:3

“By wisdom, a house is built, and through understanding, it is established.” (Lord, grant us the wisdom to deal with our marital issues.)

10. Job 6:11

“What strength do I have, that I should still hope?” (Lord, give me hope that I will see better days.)

11. Ephesians 4:29

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths…” (Lord, help me not to speak rudely to my spouse.)

12. Proverbs 3:1

“My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart.” (Lord, remind me of your commands about marriage.)

13. Proverbs 19:21

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” (Lord, may we look to your plans for our marriage.)

14. Jeremiah 17:9

“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure…” (Lord, help me to trust you and not my heart during this trying time.)

15. John 16:33

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace…” (Lord, grant my spouse and I, your everlasting peace.)

16. Psalm 27:14

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” (Lord, help us to be patient as you work on our troubled marriage.)

17. 1 Peter 5:8

“…Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (Lord, protect our marriage from the enemy.)

18. Isaiah 43:2

“…When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned…” (Lord, quench the fire of the enemy in our marriage.)

19. Proverbs 13:12

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” (Lord, hear our cries for help and give us hope.)

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20. Ephesians 5:33

“However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.” (Lord, help us love and respect each other.)

21. Proverbs 21:19

“Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and nagging wife.” (Lord, keep us from quarrels and nagging.)

22. Matthew 7:12

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you…” (Lord, help me treat my spouse with respect.)

23. Isaiah 43:19

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” (Lord, show us the new thing you are doing in our marriage.)

24. Ephesians 4:32

“ Be kind and compassionate to one another…” (Lord, help me show my spouse compassion.)

25. Proverbs 13:10

“Where there is strife, there is pride…” (Lord, fill us with your humility.)

26. Matthew 7:5

“You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye…” (Lord, help me not to judge my spouse.)

27. Galatians 6:9

“Let us not become weary in doing good…” (Lord, may my spouse and I continue to believe that good will come out of our difficulties.)

28. Isaiah 41:10

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.” (Lord, may we rest in the truth that you are with us.)

29. Isaiah 51:10

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Lord, purify my heart toward my spouse.)

30. Matthew 18:15

“If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you.” (Lord, may we not share each other’s shortcomings with others.)

31. 1 Corinthians 13:8

“Love never fails.” (Lord, may we continue to believe in the power of love.)

32. Proverbs 28:26

“Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.” (Lord, we will trust in your wisdom.)

33. 1 Peter 5:7

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (Lord, help us to be anxious over nothing but trust in you.)

34. Proverbs 12:2

“Good people obtain favor from the Lord, but he condemns those who devise wicked schemes.” (Lord, keep us from being vengeful toward each other.)

35. Hebrews 13:4

“Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure…” (Lord, keep us from seeking solace in affairs.)

36. 1 Corinthians 2:16

“But we have the mind of Christ.” (Lord, help us see this marriage through the mind of Christ.)

37. Ephesians 5:15

“Be very careful, then, how you live…” (Lord, help my spouse and I live according to your will.)

38. Matthew 19:9

“ I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.” (Lord, protect us from divorce.)

39. Acts 8:22

“Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart.” (Lord, forgive me for evil thoughts toward my spouse.)

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40. Proverbs 19:14

“…but a prudent wife is from the Lord.” (Lord, may I always remember my spouse is a gift from you.)

41. James 1:20

“…Because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.” (Lord, keep my spouse and I from destructive anger.)

42. Proverbs 3:6

“In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Lord, may my spouse and I submit to you.)

43. Luke 1:37

“For no word from God will ever fail.” (Lord, help me continue to believe in your promises that never fail.)

44. Philippians 4:6

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Lord, we will make prayer a priority in our marriage.)

45. Ephesians 5:21

“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” (Lord, give us the humility of Christ.)

46. Ecclesiastes 4:12

“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.” (Lord, keep us together despite all the difficulties we’re facing.)

47. Hebrews 10:24

“ And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds…” (Lord, help us to lift each other)

48. Proverbs 20:6

“Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find?” (Lord, help us to be faithful to each other.)

49. Colossians 3:13

“ Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone.” (Lord, grant us the grace to forgive each other.)

50. Proverbs 5:18

“May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.” (Lord, may I rejoice in my spouse.)

51. Job 6:8

“Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant what I hope for.” (Lord, I thank you for answering my prayers for reconciliation with my spouse.)

52. 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.” (Lord, forgive my spouse and I for our mistakes.)

53. 1 Corinthians 13:4

“ Love is patient, love is kind.” (Lord, help me to be patient and kind with my spouse.)

54. Ephesians 5:4

“Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking…” (Lord, may we not insult or humiliate each other.)

55. 1 Thessalonians 5:16

“ Rejoice always.” (Lord, help my spouse and I find things to rejoice over in our marriage.)

56. 1 Peter 3:9

“Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult.” (Lord, remind my spouse and I not to insult or mistreat each other.)

57. Genesis 2:24

“…And they become one flesh.” (Lord, help my spouse and I to remain united despite our differences.)

58. Proverbs 18:22

“He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.” (Lord, help me see the good in my spouse.)

59. Ecclesiastes 4:9

“Two are better than one…” (Lord, may we see it’s better for us to be together than apart.)

60. Matthew 19:6

“…Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” (Lord, protect our marriage from outside forces.)

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61. Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord…” (Lord, may we align with your plans for our marriage.)

62. Romans 8:28

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Lord, bring good out of all our marital troubles.)

63. Psalm 34:4

“I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” (Lord, help me not to fear the worst.)

64. Proverbs 10:12

“Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.” (Lord, help me love and not hate my spouse.)

65. Colossians 3:19

“Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.” (Lord, may I refrain from being harsh with my spouse.)

66. Proverbs 3:5

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” (Lord, I will trust you through all the pain.)

67. Isaiah 40:1

“Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.” (Lord, comfort me in my marital troubles.)

68. 1 Corinthians 11:3

“ But I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.” (Lord, restore the correct authority order in our home.)

69. Psalm 6:4

“Turn, Lord, and deliver me…” (Lord, deliver me from my marital problems.)

70. Psalm 3:2

“Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” (Lord, block my ears from naysayers.)

71. Psalm 31:15

“…Deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me.” (Lord, deliver me from the enemies of my marriage.)

72. Matthew 24:13

“But the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.” (Lord, help me stand firm through the storm.)

73. Psalm 6:2

“Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint; heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.” (Lord, heal me from the pain of my failing marriage.)

74. Psalm 147:3

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” (Lord, heal our broken hearts.)

75. Proverbs 16:24

“Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” (Lord, help me speak graciously to my spouse.)

Natalie Regoli has a wonderful list of prayers for healing a failing marriage.

Books to heal a failing marriage

Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas

Love Must Be Tough by Dr. James Dobson

The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

His Needs Her Needs By Willard F. Harley, Jr.

Boundaries in Marriage by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend

David Small

Is an Ordained Minister and Life Coach. He is an ordained minister since 1988. Shortly after receiving Jesus as his personal savior, he answered the call to ministry.

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