from Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Other Resources
(“it’s in the book”) or outside the box…
Verses about topics relating to love, relationships, marriage, family, children, and more.
Luke 6:31 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.
This, the the notorious “Golden Rule,” did not originate in the bible.
The golden rule has been adopted by every major world religion.
A site called Palatine Hill lists some of the oldest formulations of the Golden Rule in reverse chronological order:
- Ancient Egypt.- circa 2000 BCE “Do for one who may do for you, That you may cause him thus to do.”
– The Tale of the Eloquent Peasant 109-110,
- Hebrew Bible – circa 700 BCE “You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against your countrymen. Love your fellow as yourself.”
- Zoroastrianism.- circa 600 BCE “That nature only is good when it shall not do unto another whatever is not good for its own self.” – Dadistan-i-Dinik 94:5,
- Buddhism.- circa 500 BCE “Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.”
– Udana-Varga 5:18,
- Confucianism.- circa 500 BCE “What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.”
Analects of Confucius 15:24,
- Socrates.- circa 400 BCE “Do not do to others what would anger you if done to you by others.”
Many people, religious and not, adopt a personal rule of behavior which is similar to this timeless admonition. This folk wisdom has less to do with religion, than it may be “a call for empathy,” (Erich Vieth*)
*Erich Vieth, an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is a working musician and writer who founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.
- Ancient Egypt.- circa 2000 BCE “Do for one who may do for you, That you may cause him thus to do.”
Romans 12:9 9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
Mark 12:31 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
Romans 13:10 10 Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 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.
Ephesians 4:2 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
1 Peter 4:8 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
1 John 4:18 18 There is no fear in love.
John 15:13 13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
Ephesians 5:33 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
Colossians 3:14 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Proverbs 10:12 12 Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs.
Proverbs 17:17 17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
Luke 6:35 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.
This one suggests that you love, be good to and lend money to your enemies. According to Luke, these investments will pay off. Some “Most High” male is presumed to be kind and everyday people are “proclaimed” to be inherently ungrateful and wicked. I think Luke may have had some issues. ~tmf (Luke was probably a Gentile by birth, well-educated in Greek culture and a physician by profession}
Deuteronomy 10:12-19 12 And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13 and to observe the LORD’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good? 14 To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. 15 Yet the LORD set his affection on your forefathers and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants, above all the nations, as it is today. 16 Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and do not be stiff-necked any longer. 17 For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. 18 He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing. 19 And you are to love those who are aliens, for you yourselves were aliens in Egypt.
Deuteronomy 11:13-22 13 So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today–to love the LORD your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul– 14 then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and oil. 15 I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied. 16 Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them. 17 Then the LORD’s anger will burn against you, and he will shut the heavens so that it will not rain and the ground will yield no produce, and you will soon perish from the good land the LORD is giving you. 18 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 20 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, 21 so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land that the LORD swore to give your forefathers, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth. 22 If you carefully observe all these commands I am giving you to follow–to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways and to hold fast to him–
These relatively arbitrary pronouncements in Deuteronomy regarding some equivocal relationship between a monarchy and the church are instructive and reflect the ideas embraced by the authors of this book. This dogma was not written by or approved by Jesus, the Jewish teacher and much of this this book is written as a diatribe to help control masses of people and make them subordinate to the monarchy, by linking said monarchy to aspirations for divinity. tmf
Song of Solomon 8:4-8 4 Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires. 5 Who is this coming up from the desert leaning on her lover? Under the apple tree I roused you; there your mother conceived you, there she who was in labor gave you birth. 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. 7 Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away. If one were to give all the wealth of his house for love, it would be utterly scorned. 8 We have a young sister, and her breasts are not yet grown. What shall we do for our sister for the day she is spoken for?
Matthew 22:37-39 37 Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
Muslim Love Quotations
Love is an important part of life, almost like religion.
Below you’ll find some great Islamic love quotes .
“And of His Signs is that He created mates for you from yourselves that you might find peace of mind in them, and He put between you love and compassion”
Chapter 30, verse 21 of al-Qur’an
“it is He Who created from a single person, and made his mate of like nature in order that he might dwell with her – in love”
Chapter 7, verse 189 of al-Qur’an
Love someone not because of their religion but becuase of the type of person they are.”
“Show love to everyone and everything regardless of religion, skin color, and/or language.
Love someone for who they are and not for what they are.
Love Notes: More Quotes about love…
“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”
― Elbert Hubbard
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
“I have decided to stick to love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches“Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.”
― James Baldwin
“Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.”
―James A. Baldwin
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”
“The melancholy river bears us on. When the moon comes through the trailing willow boughs, I see your face, I hear your voice and the bird singing as we pass the osier bed. What are you whispering? Sorrow, sorrow. Joy, joy. Woven together, like reeds in moonlight.” ― Virginia Woolf
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Tim is a writer, editor, blogger, publisher, artist and gardener…. sometimes an educator. He’s a retired professor, still involved with writing, tutoring and creative arts: writing for The Wordsmith Collection, The Portland Alliance and ThePeaceresource Tim lives in Missoula, Montana where he administers The International Peace Resource Center Library. He hails from St. Louis, Missouri.