“And it shall be in that day,” saith the Lord, “that she shall call me, ‘My husband,’ and she shall call me Baal no more.
“And in that day I will make a covenant with them, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of the air, and with the creeping things of the earth; and I will destroy the bow, and the sword, and war out of the land; and I will make them sleep secure.
“And I will espouse thee to Me for ever; and I will espouse thee to Me in justice, and judgement, and in mercy, and in commiserations.
“And I will espouse thee to Me in faith; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord.
“And I will say to that which was not my people: ‘Thou art my people’; and they shall say: ‘Thou art my God.'”
– Hosea 2:16, 18-20, 24
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, and my soul shall be joyful in my God, for He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation: and with the robe of justice He hath covered me, as a bridegroom decked with a crown, and as a bride adorned with her jewels. For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, ans as the garden causeth her seed to shoot forth: so shall the Lord God make justice to spring forth, and praise before all the nations.
– Isaiah 61:10-11
God Himself, from the beginning of the world, instituted marriage to unite a couple by a bond as sacred as it is unbreakable. Since men, having corrupted their ways, eventually forgot the excellence of this union; since it was dishonored by the divorces of pagans; since, among the Hebrews of old, it was not maintained in all its perfection, Jesus Christ re-established it to its original state; and not only did He declare this alliance one and indissoluble – as it was from its very institution – but He even elevated it to the dignity of a sacrament.
– Marriage allocution from Paris, 1839, via Foley’s Marriage Rites
What, you too? I thought I was the only one!
– C.S. Lewis
In his unfathomable condescension God does add his ‘Yes’ to yours; but by doing so, he creates out of your love something quite new – the holy estate of matrimony… – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
I was formed by nature to be a mathematically curious entity: not one but half of two. –Niels Bohr in Frayn’s Copenhagen
…leaving the commitment that exists by virtue of their birth in favor of a new commitment that is by virtue of covenant … – Ravi Zacharias in I, Isaac, Take Thee, Rebecca