Meaning of Love in Bible

The English word "love" has many different meanings and implications. It is commonly interpreted in the terms of affection, benevolence, passion, strong liking, romance, intimacy and sexual or physical attraction.

Biblical implication of the true meaning of love is in the essence of God itself such that Bible says,

"God is love”.

Love Described in The Old Testament

The Hebrew word “aheb”, has been commonly used in the Old Testament for love and has similar annotations.

Love Described in The New Testament

The Greek language (the language of the New Testament) uses two different words to describe and define love; Agape” and Philio”.

4 Different Kinds of Love in Bible


It is the Greek word for sensual love. It is derived from classical Greek myth & legend and depicts the god of love, son of Aphrodite with the Roman counterpart Cupid.

In Bible, Eros refers to intimate love between two people for life and refers to both the physical act of love as well in addition to having a spiritual  connection.


Storge also known as familial love, is the Greek word for natural and instinctive affection for parental love. Though this Greek word for family love is not commonly found in Scripture, examples of it are depicted in the Bible.


Philia means friendship in Modern Greek and refers to dispassionate virtuous love, a concept originated by Aristotle. It includes loyalty and fondness for friends, family, and community, and requires virtue.


Agape is the highest form of love amongst the four types of love in the Bible. Jesus Christ showed this kind of divine love to his Father and to all humanity and has professed all human beings to show "agape"  towards each other.

Verses of Love from the Bible

Following is a collection of love verses from Bible, assorted by size and type to use in love cards, messages and letters.

One Liner Love Verses from Bible

Proverbs 10:12

Hatred stirs up dissension, but  love covers over all wrongs.

Proverbs 13:24

Those who love their children care enough to discipline them.

Proverbs 15:17

A bowl of vegetables with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate.

Proverbs 17:9

Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.

Proverbs 17:17

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

Short Love Verses from Bible

Genesis 29:20

So Jacob worked seven years to pay for Rachel. But his love for her was so strong that it seemed to him but a few days.

Proverbs 5:19

A loving doe, a graceful deer—may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be captivated by her love.

Song of Solomon 4:10

How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much more pleasing is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your perfume than any spice!

Song of Solomon 8:6

Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.

Proverbs 30:18-19

There are three things that amaze me—

no, four things that I don’t understand:

how an eagle glides through the sky,

how a snake slithers on a rock,

how a ship navigates the ocean,

how a man loves a woman

Long Love Verses from Bible

Luke 6:27-32

But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them."

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

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