The Bible is a book that is packed full with love stories. Stories which are romantic, stories of betrayal, temptation and tragedy, even a few about love at first sight - a topic which a good few are skeptical about.
Isaac and Rebekah
The first love story that comes to mind when thinking of the first book of the Bible is Isaac and Rebekah's. Abraham, Isaac's father, sends his servant out to find a wife for his son among his people. The servant arrives in the land of his master and prays to the Lord to guide him when choosing the right wife. He prays that the girl will offer to not only draw water for him to drink, but water to feed his camels also. Along comes Rebekah who offers her services and willingly serves the servant. She then invites him to her home. The servant realizes she is the one. He tells her father and brother of his journey and his promise to Abraham, and they consent to let Rebekah leave with him to marry a man she has never met. Rebekah is asked if she wants to go and she readily consents to this arranged marriage. When Issac sees her in the distance, the Bible says it was love at first sight. Rebekah and Issac go on to have twin boys and though they have their differences, the Bible does not dispute their love for one another. (See Genesis Chapter 24)
Another love story happens just a few chapters down when Isaac and Rebekah's son Jacob flees from his brother's wrath to the same land from whence his mother came. He sees at the well, a shepherdess and her name is Rachel. She is the daughter of his mother's brother, Laban. He pledges to work for seven years so that he can marry Rachel and when he is tricked by Laban into marrying Leah,Rachel's sister, he works seven more to make Rachel his bride. Thus Jacob ends up with two wives. One whom he loves more than the other. This causes friction between the sisters and one cannot help but feel sorry for both. The unloved sister is blessed with children while the loved one is barren and both are unsatisfied with Jacob being in the middle. The Bible says that Leah was blesses with children so that she would be comforted because of the love she lacked. But Rachel longed for children as well and said to Jacob, "Give me children or I die." In the end Jacob ends up with twelve sons from Leah, Rachel and their maids Zilpah and Bilhah. Rachel dies giving birth to the last son, Benjamin whom she named Benoni meaning son of my sorrow but Jacob changed his name to Benjamin meaning son of the right hand. She is buried on the way to Bethlehem while Leah dies presumably in her old age and is buried next to Jacob in the tomb of Mamre. (See Genesis 30-35)
Dinah and Shechem
Jacob's and Leah's daughter Dinah has her own story as well. When out and about visiting the women of the land, she is spotted by Shechem who loves her at first sight. He defiles her and goes to her father, asking for her as his wife. Dinah's brothers, Simeon and Levi are enraged and trick Shechem getting him to agree to a circumcision where they kill not only him but all the other men of his house. (See Genesis 34)
Boaz and Ruth
Coming from Moab with her mother-in-law, a widow, Ruth arrives in Bethlehem and gleans in the field of Boaz. He is kind to her and makes sure that she is able to receive all that she needs. When Naomi says that he is he kinsman redeemer, Ruth acts upon her advise and goes to Boaz who takes responsibility for her. He redeems his kinsman's inheritance which includes Ruth, and marries her. Together, Ruth and Boaz they have a son whose name is Obed who becomes the father of Jesse who becomes the father of David. (See Ruth)
Samson and Delilah
There are countless others- Samson and Delilah comes to mind. He was a mighty judge of Israel and she a Philistine woman. His parents asked him to marry a woman of his own people but he would not listen. He falls in love with Delilah. Delilah betrays him into the hands of the Philistines when he reveals to her the source of his strength. He is beaten and blinded as a result and in the end, God grants him the strength he once had to kill more Philistines in his death than he ever did in his life. (See Judges 13-16 for the full story of Samson)
David and Bathsheba
Then there is David and Bathsheba. How he gave into his temptation when he saw her bathing on the rooftop. He schemes and plots and has her husband Uriah murdered so that he can marry her, and as a result of this, God takes the life of their first-born child. The Bible says that at the time, David was blinded when it came to his sin, and the prophet Nathan had to reveal it to him through a parable. He repents and the Lord forgives him. They go on to have a son named Solomon - the king who was known for his wisdom. (See 2 Samuel 11-12 to read that story in its entirety)
Amnon and Tamar
David's son Amnon falls in love with his half-sister Tamar. Instead of speaking to anyone about it, he concocts a plan and pretends to be sick. He forces himself upon her and then hates her for it. This story is a tragedy to say the least. Tamar is shamed and goes to live in the house of her brother Absalom. Amnon is not punished by his father and so Absalom kills him in revenge. He then plots to take the entire kingdom from his father. (See 2 Samuel 13-14)
Solomon and Sheba
Solomon wrote the Song of Solomon which is one of the most poetic expressions of love in history. Some speculate that it was written to the Queen of Sheba who came to see if all the rumors of Solomon were true. Here is a little sample of his poetry:
How fair is thy love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is thy love than wine! and the smell of thine ointments than all spices!
Thy lips, O my spouse, drop as the honeycomb: honey and milk are under thy tongue; and the smell of thy garments is like the smell of Lebanon.
A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.
Thy plants are an orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits; camphire, with spikenard,
Spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices:
A fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon.
Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits. Song of Solomon 4:10-16 K.J.V.
Ahasuerus and Esther
After Solomon's songs, one comes across the story of Esther. A young Jewish girl, chosen to be Queen in place of Vashti who has been deposed of by King Ahasuerus. She is in a delicate position, her people are in danger, and yet, the King shows her favor and offers her up to half of his kingdom. (See Esther)
Joseph and Mary
Engaged to a man whom she has never known, Mary is visited by the angel Gabriel who tells her she is to conceive and bear a son whose name will be Jesus. Joseph too is visited by the angel and instead of casting Mary aside, he chooses to marry her and raise the child as his own. This child is the Messiah of the world. (See Luke 1-2)
Jesus came to seek and save that which was lost. He laid down His life for His friends fulfilling every prophesy made about Him in the Old Testament. The Bible says in John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." The greatest love story in the Bible is this one and it started from the beginning and has no end. The other love stories last for a time. His love is forever. (See the entire Bible)
Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on December 18, 2017:
Jesus often refers to Christians and the church as His "bride." I don't think there was anyone else.
These love stories are powerful. Thank you for a beautiful and informative article.
North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on August 13, 2015:
Thanks for reading Wavie. Well I suppose it is a matter of opinion. Unrequitted love is still love and one could say that it is love that has been tested and proven to be true. Betrayal also comes with love as well. If we look at what God has done for mankind even after mankind disobeyed and betrayed Him I think we will see a perfect picture of love.
Wavie on August 11, 2015:
Great hub! But some of these don't feel like love stories but that may be because my definition of a love story is two people in love and not unrequitted love and betrayal. Great hub nonetheless.
North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on July 04, 2013:
Thank you Michele.
The Bible really has tons of love stories and you can really see the ways of love as recorded in the book of Corinthians. We literally get a recording of how people loved wrongly and how Christ loved perfectly.
It is such a blessing.
Michele Travis from U.S.A. Ohio on July 02, 2013:
Thank you for writing this. I agree with you, Jesus did not have a romantic relationship with Mary Magdalen.
The love stories in this hub are wonderful.
North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on May 10, 2013:
Hello to SeanBrook, TexasRoadhouse and Johnny_B_Good.
I have to say that I do not believe that Jesus Christ ever had a romantic relationship with Mary Magdalene and that the greatest love story of all time is the the fact that He gave His life so that we might live. There is no Biblical proof that He had a relationship of that sort with her and that excerpt that was supposedly found has been debunked. Even if it hasn't, I would still not believe it because a marriage to a single woman does not go along with Jesus' purpose here on earth.
Since this hub is focused on real love stories that have been mentioned in the Bible, it is inappropriate to mention this myth along with it. I cannot support it and I do not support it.
I thank you for your comments.
Sean Brookfield from Vancouver, BC, Canada on May 10, 2013:
How about this new source of historical wisdom???
"Please understand that indications of their marriage has been public knowledge for almost 2,000 years in the form of the other “Gospels” that the Roman Empire refused to include in their “New Testament”.
There are a vast amount of private documents in the world that support this sacred marriage, some of which are stored by religions within secret vaults in the Vatican, Mecca and Jerusalem. In addition, there are our ancient family documents that have been secretly hidden from outsiders by Jesus and Mary Magdalene’s descendants for almost 2,000 years.".......thetruejesus.org
Sean Brookfield from Vancouver, BC, Canada on May 07, 2013:
No shame at all..The critics of allowing anything female, high up in religion would not want this story to be known.. it was like that 2000 years ago,it is still like it today......I think it is quite possible they were married. And a spiritual & loving wife would be a help, not an obstacle. I think we need to start thinking out side the box...that, I believe, will be our solution for these times . Thank You, North Wind for your wonderful article.
Wouldn't it be the greatest thing if the next one you were to write had
you know who in it? New evidence is peeking out [Dr King, Harvard
Divinity School..the ancient papyrus made public recently where Jrsus says, "my wife"].
Johhny_B_Good on May 06, 2013:
Imagine the most amazing Love Story of all time. Not in shame or in disbelief but in Love. If we think about the Love God has for us and all of the things God experienced while here on Earth living in a human physical body, I can bet you God (Jesus) was married and I do believe that he was married to Mary Magdalene. A women who cared for him, helped him and cherished him, that's sounds like a loving wife that I feel God would have enjoyed the experience, why would there be shame in God having a wife, that's awesome, just like a Mother and a Father! :)
TexasRoadhouse on May 05, 2013:
There totally was a love story of Mary and Jesus, this would support the writers blog about all of the other love stories. Imagine if Jesus was married, what would that story have been for marriage is not always easy!!
Sean Brookfield from Vancouver, BC, Canada on May 05, 2013:
With all the emerging evidence today, maybe there was another love story..that of Jesus and Mary Magdalene.
Lee on May 04, 2013:
You forgot Adam and Eve
North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on February 25, 2013:
Thank you for reading. I love the way you put it - 'The Bible is an ocean of knowledge and a way towards a peaceful life.' - well said and very true.
Aminah Chahine from cameroon on February 21, 2013:
Yes, of course, I do believe that Bible is something more than a Book, it tells us how to Live and how to Love. Thanks for writing such an outstanding hub and presenting the truth. Bible is an ocean of knowledge and a way towards peaceful life.
North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on October 09, 2012:
Hello Cherry4, thank you for reading and leaving such a great truth for your comment. The Bible is priceless and holds all the answers we need to get through this life and into eternity. Thank you again!
Cherry Ann from New York on October 08, 2012:
The Bible has been and will always be the number one bestseller ever written, it holds truth and it is also a priceless manual for our lives. There is nothing new under the sun and most things that we go through in our daily lives have already been experienced and left as an example for us to accept or reject. I thank God for his word and North Wind thank you for sharing his word.
North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on May 18, 2012:
Hello sheye oladele samuel,
You are right - I do believe these true stories about couples in the Bible set a certain standard for us. We see what can go wrong when we choose wrong or when we act selfishly and we also see what can go right when we act unselfishly.
Thank you very much for visiting my hub!
sheye oladele samuel on May 18, 2012:
This is awesome as the bible tries to put a standard for us in choosing who to marry, bcos it is not every where one can just go and marry. Halleluyah
North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on April 12, 2012:
I agree firstname.lastname@example.org, God's love is the greatest and He can deposit love in its highest form. Thanks for that valuable comment.
email@example.com from upstate, NY on April 12, 2012:
The true expression of the love of God is in the heart of a giver! "God so loved the world that He Gave.."
Only God can deposit that self giving love in its highest form (agapa love) and only He can remove the things in our lives that block the full expression of that love, to others!
North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on March 18, 2012:
Hello Jonel D. Gelig,
There are indeed many lessons that we can get from each and every love story in the Bible. The Bible is a treasure trove of lessons waiting to be learned. Thank you so much for reading and may God bless and keep you as well.
Jonel D. Gelig on March 18, 2012:
What a unique presentation, so nice to know and the lessons we can get out from the love stories presented. Thank you very much... God Bless..
North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on May 03, 2011:
Hello GCMabalod, indeed we will not go wrong in Him! I too believe that the Bible presents true, solid lessons when it comes to love and that our youth would do well to heed it.
God bless you and keep you!
GCMabalod on May 02, 2011:
i appreciate so much your effort in compiling such love stories found in the bible. This serves as a reference in presenting such to our youth and believing that even tragic relationships before can still be treated well when we have God in our lives. in Him we'll not go wrong!
North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on February 11, 2011:
Thanks for reading, K.Burns Darling. You are so right! In every story of the Bible there is an example of what to do and what not to do.
Kristen Burns-Darling from Orange County, California on February 11, 2011:
Sometimes we forget that the bible is more than the word of God, and the blueprint for how and how not to live our lives, but it is also the first great piece of literature.