Chastity, Celibacy, Fornication

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Check out Biblical references on Chastity, Celibacy, and Fornication.

We also recommend as companions for the theological study of the human sexuality:

The Catechism of the Catholic Church on the Sixth Commandment

Humanae Vitae

(Sexual purity)

Chastity: Virginity 

1 Corinthians 7:1-7; 34 
Matthew 19:10-12 
Revelation 14:4 

Chastity: Marital 

Titus 2
1 Peter 3

Chastity: Widowhood 

Luke 2:37
1 Timothy 5:5-14 

Chastity: Honorable  


Judith 15:10-14 

Wisdom 4:1 

Sirach 26:20 

1 Corinthians 7:26 

Galatians 5:19-25 

Chastity: Avoiding occasion of sin

Sirach 9:4 

Sirach 41:25 

Sirach 42:12-25
Matthew 5:27-48 

Matthew 14:6-9 
Mark 6:21-26 

(Sex abstinence)

Celibacy: Recommended  


Matthew 19:12-29 
Matthew 22:30 
1 Corinthians 7:1-7
1 Corinthians 7: 32-40

Celibacy: Possible with God’s help


Matthew 19:26 

Romans 8:11-39 

1 Corinthians 10:13 
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 

(Sex outside the marital bound)

Fornication: Provokes God’s wrath

Deuteronomy 22:21 

Proverbs 23:27 

Sirach 9:10 

Sirach 19:3 

Sirach 41:21 

Jeremiah 5:7-31 

I Corinthians 6:9 

Fornication: Respect owed to one’s own body. 

I Corinthians 6:13-20 

Colossians 3:5 

Hebrews 13:14 

Fornication: Weakens the body and wastes wealth. 

Job 13:12 
Proverbs  23:27 
Proverbs 29:3
Proverbs 31:3 
Sirach 9:6 

Fornication: Avoiding occasion of sin

Proverbs 31:3 

Sirach 9:1-13 

Sirach 42:12-25

Fornication: Thoughts of fornication also prohibited 

Exodus 20:17 

Matthew 5:28

Fornication: Spiritual 

(Metaphor to idolatry)




Deuteronomy 31:16 

Judges 2:17 

Judges 8:27-33 

Isaiah 1:21 

Isaiah 57:3 
Jeremiah 3:1 
zekiel 6:9 

Hosea 1:2 
Hosea 2:4
Revelation 18:3 

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