15 Bible Verses About Adultery: What They Mean For You

by Sister McCook
Marriage ring on paper. Bible verses about adultery

Adultery is a sin that is often talked about in the Bible. It is condemned by God and can have devastating consequences.

In the Bible, there are many verses about adultery that provide guidance and instruction for those who have been affected by it. Whether you have committed adultery or been the victim of it, these verses can offer hope and healing.

#1: “You shall not commit adultery.” – Exodus 20:14

This is the first of the Ten Commandments and it is clear that adultery is prohibited. God wants us to be faithful to our spouses.

#2: “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 lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 19:18)

This verse is about the importance of guarding your heart. Adultery begins with thoughts, so it is important to keep your mind pure.

#3: “But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband.” (1 Corinthians 13:33)

This verse teaches that sexual immorality can lead to adultery, so it is important to be faithful to your spouse.

#4: “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,” (1 Corinthians 27-28)

This passage warns against committing adultery, as those who do will not inherit the kingdom of God.

#5: “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.” (Matthew 15:19)

This verse shows that adultery is an evil act that comes from the heart. It is important to keep your heart pure to avoid committing this sin.

#6: “Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.” (1 Corinthians 17:18)

This verse urges us to flee from sexual immorality, as it is a sin against our own bodies.

#7: “But if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this.” (1 Corinthians 31-32)

This passage tells us that not being married is not a sin, and those who marry will face many troubles but it is better to stay unmarried than to risk committing adultery.

#8: “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.” (Hebrews 13:18)

This verse teaches that adultery is a sin that will be judged by God. It is important to honor marriage and to keep the marriage bed pure.

#9: “For I hate divorce,” says the LORD, the God of Israel, “and him who covers his garment with wrong,” says the LORD of hosts. “So take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously.” (Malachi)

This passage teaches that God hates divorce and those who commit adultery. He calls them to take heed to their spirit and not be treacherous.

#10: “Whoever commits adultery lacks understanding; he who does it destroys himself.” (Proverbs)

This verse tells us that those who commit adultery lack understanding and they destroy themselves.

#11: “But everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.” (Matthew 19:)

This verse teaches that divorce can lead to adultery. If you divorce your wife except for sexual immorality, you are making her commit adultery and if you marry a divorced woman, you are committing adultery.

#12: “If a man is found lying with the wife of another man, both of them shall die, the man who lay with the woman, and the woman. So you shall purge the evil from your midst. But if the man finds the woman who is betrothed to him, lying with her in the city, and the man has not caught her in the act, then the man shall bring out his sword and slay her with it. He shall also take away all her possessions as plunder.” – Deuteronomy 22:22-24

These verses show how seriously God takes adultery. He said that if someone is caught committing adultery, they are to be put to death. Not only that, but the man is also to take away all of her possessions.

#13: This is the way of an adulteress: she eats and wipes her mouth and says, ‘I have done no wrong.'” – Proverbs 30:20

This verse shows that an adulteress is someone who tries to convince herself that what she is doing is okay. She may even try to convince others that she has done nothing wrong. This verse can be applied to both sexes.


The Bible is clear that adultery is a sin. It is a sin against our own bodies, it destroys relationships.

If you are committing adultery, you need to stop and turn to God for forgiveness. He is willing to forgive you, but you need to be repentant.

There are consequences for adultery, such as death and loss of possessions. If you are married, be faithful to your spouse and keep the marriage bed pure. God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.

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