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Question: Does the Bible Require A Married Couple to Wear a Ring?

Question: Does the Bible require married couples to wear a ring on their fingers? Is it Unscriptural for a married man or woman or both to NOT wear a wedding ring?

The Bible says nothing about a wedding ring. The only passage that could remotely be thought of as speaking of a wedding ring is Genesis 24 where Abraham’s servant went back to Haran to find a wife for Isaac. When he arrived, he stayed by the city well, and asked God to show him which young woman was the right one. He said that when a young woman came to draw water, he would ask her for a drink. If she gave him water and offered to draw water for his camels as well, he would know this was the one he was seeking.

He had barely finished his prayer when Rebekah, the granddaughter of Abraham’s brother, came to the well. He asked her for water, and she offered to draw water for his camels as well. He explained who he was, found out who she was, and gave her a gold nose-ring and bracelets.

So, the exchange of rings is a custom, a cultural thing. It is fine for us to participate in this custom, but it is not essential as a command from God.

There are, however, some cultural norms we should observe. For example, the Bible says nothing about a wedding ceremony. How we are “married” is a matter of custom and law, not of God’s command. I do not believe, however, that Christians should just dispense with getting married to live together. I sincerely believe that would be immoral.

So, I would ask the married person who chose NOT to wear a wedding ring why they made that choice. If it is a safety issue, such as in some factory jobs, then it would be no big deal. If, on the other hand, they chose not to wear a ring because they wanted to appear “available” to others, that would be a big deal – not because they would be violating a command of God, but because they wanted to convey a false impression to those around them


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