What does Proverbs of the Bible say about Marriage?
Proverbs has more verses about marriage issues than any other book in the Bible. The problem that Proverbs presents is how to find them: those things that can go wrong in a marriage as well as multiple verses to help make a marriage stronger. Because Proverbs is not arranged by topic, it can be very time consuming to locate just those verses that apply to your situation. By re-arranging Proverbs by category, A Topical Treasury of Proverbs will enable you to quickly find just those verses that apply to you.
For example, lets say a particular marriage concern is 'laziness.' By using a computer word search on 'laz*' or by looking up laziness in a concordance, you will find three or possibly four verses that address laziness in Proverbs. By comparison, A Topical Treasury of Proverbs shows nineteen verses associated with laziness based on words such as 'sloth' and 'sluggard.' When all of these verses are seen together, you will see God's full counsel on laziness.
As shown in the Table of Contents, there are 100 topics that identify over 1,000 verses – most of these address issues within a marriage. Some of the more common negative topics are anger, bitterness, coveting, criticism, deception, disobedience, disrespect, dissension, drunkenness, foolishness, greed, hard-heartedness, hatred, injustice, laziness, money management, parenting issues, pride, quarrelling, selfishness, sexual immorality, shame, sin, temptation, unfaithfulness, wealth, and wickedness/evil.
In the same way, there are many topics that look at restoration of the marriage such as attentiveness, compassion, courage / strength, faithfulness, generosity, gentleness, grace / mercy, hardworking, honor / glory, hope, integrity, joy, love, righteousness, and more.
When marriage issues appear, it is not uncommon for various well-intended people to give advice about your marriage. How do you determine if that advice is sound? The topic Good Counsel may help with that understanding.
Hearing the Voice of God
As a married man, sometimes I think I have all the answers … but of course I don't. And sometimes my wife has all the answers, to which I have learned to seek the wisdom of Proverbs. Of the 100 topics in A Topical Treasury of Proverbs, the three most important to me have been the topics of Speech that Builds Up, Speech that Destroys, and Speech Withheld. In total, there are eighty verses in just these three topics – I continue to seek God's Voice regarding these principles.
I don't know what issues brought you to this webpage, but I think you will find A Topical Treasury of Proverbs to be very practical. The book is just verses from Proverbs but they are organized so you can find the subjects easily. "The wise person accepts instructions" (Proverbs 10:8).