Wedding Rings In the Bible

By Mackenzie •  Updated: 12/10/21 •  3 min read

The issue of whether wedding rings were mentioned in the Bible is one of the biggest arguments among those who believe that the Bible is the Word of God. On one hand, there are those who say that marriage was common among people in Bible times and wedding rings were used as a symbol of their commitment to each other.  In this article, we will discuss the meaning of wedding rings in the Bible and answer some common questions about them.

Is it true that there is no mention of wedding rings in the Bible?

The answer to this question depends on how you define “wedding ring.” If you consider it to be a ring worn on the finger as a symbol of commitment, then the answer is yes. There are no specific references to wedding rings in the Bible. However, if you are referring to something more like a wedding band, then the answer is no. This type of ring was worn on the thumb or forefinger and served as a symbol of an engagement. It was not meant to represent marriage but rather an engagement between two people who had committed themselves to each other. If you are referring to a ring worn on the hand as a symbol of commitment, then it would be accurate to say that there is no mention of such rings in Scripture. But if you are referring to something more like an engagement ring (i.e., a band that would be placed on your left hand), then we would have to say that there is at least one passage where such a ring is mentioned (2 Samuel 3:15).

Is it true that wedding rings were not used in Bible times?

There is no question that marriage was common among people in Bible times. Marriage was considered a sacred bond and the Lord Jesus had this very commitment in mind when He told the woman at the well, “Go and find out whether it is lawful for you to marry or not” (John 4:16). He was not saying that there were no commitments made before marriage. He was simply pointing out that there are other considerations that must be considered before one can enter into such a commitment. The Lord also taught, “The two shall become one flesh” (Matthew 19:5) when referring to marriage. It is also true that wedding rings were not used in Bible times. However, as we have already seen, this does not mean that there were no commitments made before marriage or that there were no symbols of commitment.

In conclusion, we would like to state that there is no one single passage in the Bible that discusses wedding rings. However, there are passages that discuss engagement rings and/or marriage and commitment. These two symbols of commitment were well known to people in Bible times. If you are not sure, you can ask a Bible teacher. They can help you with this subject. You can also go to the Church to ask for a lesson on this subject.

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Mackenzie

Mackenzie is a freelance writer with over ten years of experience writing on all things weddings. She received her BA in English from the University of California in Los Angeles. When she’s not writing about weddings, Mackenzie enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 kids (twin boys) exploring the beautiful California countryside. While in nature, she captures picturesque images of mountain lakes, the beach, and more. Mackenzie is also a pet parent to two Siamese cats. She appreciates their individuality and the fact they pretty independent. But they love to snuggle at the end of day, which is one of the things Mackenzie enjoys in the evenings to relax after a busy day at work.