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Equally Yoked In The Bible

I know in the bible it says to be equally yoked to your partner. But I do not know where that scripture is. Can someone tell me? I have recently been asked that by a non believer and did not know the answer. Thanking you in advance.

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14Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?2Cor.6:14
---Pamela_Pace on 8/30/11

Sandra: There should be no confusion at all about being separate with unbelievers. Look at Jesus's example, HE had limited relationship with those that do oppose HIS teachings. HE taught them when they come around Him or meet Him in the temple. But HE did not agree with them when they preach their own contrary doctrine nor did exactly as they do.
---Adetunji on 8/17/11

The thing I don't understand is that if we are to separate ourselves completely and not be around non-believers than how are they in our lives in the first place for them to see our Christ-like example? And who do you witness to if all you do is surround yourself with believers? All that leaves us to do is stand in the street and shout which will just make everyone avoid you anyway. You try to not be OF the world, but you have to be IN it.
---Sandra on 8/16/11

2 Corinthians 6:14-15 - Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
---HisGarden on 5/28/11

Unequally/unevenly yoked. Most so called Christians believe in Christ but don't follow all his ways, only pick what benefits them. These separate denominations of Christianity suppose to have one thing in common. Belief that Christ is the Savior. The problem comes in with the added man made doctrines which deviated from the true church that Christ left for the Apostles. The yoke has already become uneven, so it seems that two believers can't even come together because the denominations puts on pressure from these added man made doctrines. They ask for more than "GOD" requires. This is a trick of the Adversary to make the separation. Paraphrase: Christ says there is no separation of people,Greek, Jew, Gentile, male or female,.....
---Joni on 1/2/11

Yes, good question. Man and Woman hunger and thirst upon this earth. Christ has provided a way to satisfy this great hunger and thirst. When we are in HIM we can expect fullness and eternal life. Nothing upon this earth, no earthly goods can satisfy this need in Man or Woman. There is only one way. God created Man and Woman to be helpmates in this valley. Together in HIM they can pull that plough together and make their earth bear fruit. That is if they are both in HIM. Just like two great beasts one has observed pulling the plough, notice they are both equally yoked to the plough. If they are not equally yoked, together going in one direction, one can kill the other. I hope this helps.
---Moira on 8/2/10

hello, read 2corinthians 6:14-18
---tiffany_a. on 7/20/10

2 Corinthians 6:14-18
14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
15...or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel

This includes more than just marriage, it includes business partners also
---francis on 2/25/10

What do you think this means. if the Word says don't be unequally yolked, then it calls for us to be equally yolked. Not just in marriage, but in any other relationship to people. Jesus calls for us to let our lights shine and to be example setters. You cannot be an example setter if you are mixed up with darkness. We are in the world but not of it.
---Cheryl on 2/23/10

There are more "Unbelievers" in church then anywhere else. The Christians are always making scriptures fit their agenda, which changes like the weather, contigent on their religious politics. The bible urges a Man or a Woman to not leave an "Unbeliever", because how do you know you want deliver that wife or husband? plus he or she becomes sactified by the marriage. You hypocritical Christians are always scheming up something.
---Holli on 12/5/09

Wow... Christian rules... I'm sure glad that my wife's (and my Mom's) gentle but unbreakable faith has room for my Thomasine doubts and wild upbringing. Don't hang out with non-Christians? There are a lifetime's worth of wonder of sustenance, of images in the Bible. I love the picture of stepping back into the yoke and pushing after realizing that in my 50's I am no longer Superman and that this strong Christian woman had never stopped pushing. Sorry if this is confusing...
---Chris on 11/27/09

Actually, there is no text in the Bible that says "Be equally yoked". The text actually reads, "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?" (2 Corinthians 6:14).
---Cris on 4/8/09

There is only one God, one way, one life and one TRUTH. The Holy Bible is the handbook of that way and life any other God is False, so yes all except Bible teaching are unbelievers.
---Carla3939 on 2/26/09

i just want to know what is a non-believer ? someone who is a pagan worshipping and is on a path of self destruction or someone who follows ie. islam/judaism. Is their a difference in non-beleivers ? does this scripture apply to both perspectives ?
2 Cor 6:14-16, "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
i didnt know my brothers and sisters in ie. islam/ judaism were following unrighteousness (have the same association to those of a non-believer who is pagan praticing).

There is not one place in the bible that refers to being "equally yoked" in terms of marriage. It is in reference to all our relationships. See 2 Cor 6:14

Somehow this modern culture has perverted the bible to use phrases for their own purposes.

Of course we want to have partners that are Christians. How foolish to marry a non-Christian. But, the same applies to our friends too! All our relationships should be with those to whom we are "equally yoked".
---Paul_Schumacher on 2/24/09


If you know he is atheist and some how never accepts the Lord how will it bode with you when he Passes will you be comfortable knowing he never made it?

Is that not a worry in itself since if you love someone dearly yet they may never be with you in heaven?

Then when the children are grown how do you convince them there is a God when the two of you do not agree?
---Carla3939 on 2/24/09

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You can find that in 2 Corinthians 6:14
---Anissa on 1/24/09

The verse that it is in is 2nd Cor. 6:14
---Rachel on 1/7/09

I am a christian teen and i have a wonderful boyfriend, however he is not a christian. I have been told by my brothers and sisters in the Lord that this is not what God wants for me and even though i have read the scripture verse on this topic, i find it hard to understand why God would bring me to a situation , let me grow and then want me to break up with him. I prayed about the situation and God did not point me in another direction. I am so confused at this moment. If God is suppose to love us why would he take away someone who means a lot to me and my life ?
Thankyou for answering
---Nicole on 7/15/08

RitaH. What difference does it make if someone says they are methodist or catholic or penticostal. My nana was catholic and my papa methodist. They remained married for 38 years and more if she hadn't had died so early and they trutly loved eachother and worked hard at their marraige and family. And it showed in many ways. God's relationship with someone is between them and God. NO one else. Peace
---Nicola on 4/12/08

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This is complicated. I married a women, same denomination etc. We are different in so many ways regarding our spiritual lives. We are also of different ethnic backgrounds, that causes a whole set of problems on their own. Every thing from finance to child rearing. It is alot of work no matter how you do it.
---dan on 4/11/08

Sean - before I got married, I thought that all that mattered was that I marry a Christian. Not so! If you are truly a Christian, your beliefs are very dear to you and if your wife is truly a Christian, she would truly feel HER beliefs are right and yours wrong. This would make for some heart-ache when it comes time to raise a family.
---Lily-Anne on 4/10/08

Sean, you refer to yourself as a Methodist, not as a Christian, likewise with your girlfriend being a Catholic. If you are not saved you might not be aware of the huge difference between the two. If you are saved then you will become aware and the difference could make a marriage very unhappy.
---RitaH on 4/7/08

Sean ... Two different religions?
Both are Christian!
---alan_of_UK on 4/7/08

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Okay here is my situation, me and my girlfriend are two different religions, Im methodist and she is catholic, but we both believe in Jesus i know we have slightly different beliefs but we love each other regardless. Am i wrong or what, because my youth pastor thinks that i need to re-evaluate...what say you?
---Sean on 4/6/08

2 Corinthians6:14 (On being equally yoked and like-minded)
---Danielle on 3/24/08

2 corinthians 6:14-15
---Clement on 10/28/07

I am married to an atheist way b4 I bcame a Christian..he never ever stop me from going to church or anything chrch infact he sometimes would come along now n again..yet still say he does not belive..I believe the Lord will oneday touch his heart and turn him around..only issue I have is with his family who all discourage him coming..
---jana on 10/3/07

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I know what is right in my heart. I was married to a professed "atheist". We divorced but now have reconcilled, he says he will not marry me again. My son has issues and they are getting worse. I tried to talk to him and he again stated that he would not "convert", so I needed to do what I had to do. He said "The church will destroy another family". I know what is right, we should not live together-we are not married, even though once married, now leagally divorced?
---Paula on 10/2/07

2 Corinthians 6:14
---Sonja on 7/3/07

1Corinthians7:13"If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever&he consents to live with her,she should not divorce him.For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife&the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband".i married a muslim man,1yr into my marriage i became saved,thru prayer,The Lord is workin in my husbands life.He went with me to church twice out of his own.To those who have married unbelievers,dont give up faith,u can lead them to the Lord by faith&example
---Mich on 2/22/07

2 Corinthians 6:14 Do Not Be Yoked With Unbelievers Do not be yoked together with unbelievers For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?... What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will be their God, and they will be my people.Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord."
---Mia on 2/18/07

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am not equally yoked but my dear husband helps me around in our church, helping with our sound systems etc. He is not a christian but when you meet him, you would think he is cos he is so humble and honest. and more so than most christians. Am praying for him tho everyday.
---jana on 9/27/06

11. God's word gives us advice ahead of time so that we won't have more problems and sometimes when we ignore the advice we pay the concequences for not listening. Many times there is not much conflict and the other comes to the Lord, but that is never a gurrantee they will.
---karen on 5/29/06

Many of the passages are commands and others are for rightful living. In the case of the passage I believe it is for rightful living for the true Christain. If we meet someone that is not a Christian, conflict and different opinion will cause many problems in the Christian. For both will not have God as their focus. The other will think from the world view and the Christian from God's view of things. It would be better for a Christian to marry a Christian and a none Christian to marry a none Christian.
---karen on 5/29/06

My family has lots of yokes, some small, some heavy, as for me, I tell lots of yokes, I am toold I am a big yoke.
My family is comprised of Southern Baptist, SDA, Mormons, RCC, extreme pentacostals, and a few 'uncommited' cousins. The irony is the members of the first 4 all are close family, and at holidays we never talk religion, we are family. The extreme 'sheperding' pentacostals disowned the rest of us, saying we are all 'cult,' and did not want to be 'unevenly yoked' to the rest of us.
---MikeM on 5/29/06

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I am unequally yoked with a good husband and he still dont believe and infact his whole family dont and rebuke God ... I came into the family of God 13 years ago and I didnt know this text I know, should I then leave my loving husband? No, but thru hard work, perseverence and patience and love, he will oneday come to God I pray for us christians...
---jana on 5/28/06

The Scripture passage you want is 2 Corinthians 6:14-18. It really means more than just marrying another Christian - to me. It also means are your life ambitions, work ethics, etc. are the same. For example: I've seen teens dedicate themselves to being missionary's, and marry someone who is a Christian, but doesn't have a desire to be a missionary. Guess who wins?
This is still a matter of being "unevenly yoked in my opinion.
---WIVV on 8/10/05

You may refer II Corinthians 6:14-18 "Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? Read the whole text and trust God to give you complete understanding with the eyes of faith centered on the Lord Jesus Christ! Hold on the Word of Truth, it is our only foundation and basis of life and faith! (rina from the phil.)
---Ceferina on 5/25/05

That passage, which is too often quoted as referring to mates, actually refers to false teachers. Paul is comparing is godly service to those of unauthorized teachers. The word "yoke" is idiomatic - Jesus says "take my yoke upon you." The expression refers to the teaching relationships. Read the whole context.

That being said, one is not allowed to "hitch" to an unbeliever. But I just wanted correct proof texts to be used.
---Bryan on 5/24/05

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Elsie, you and I have traveled the same road, but my children are saved and now so is their father after 47 years of being unequally yoked.
---shira_5965 on 5/24/05

Karyn, your question has an opposite answer however you define equally yoked. Two oxen plowing a field are equally yoked, neither one can do anything else. For us humans, that would detail love and respect, admiration and caring. In the military, law enforcement, medical institutions, etc. your partner is your life. So, in that respect, you best be equally yoked.
---gregg on 5/24/05

yes, we are not to be unequaly yoked with non believers but, God also said if one is saved that they should remain together in hopes the other will come to the lord by being with the saved 1
---edward on 5/24/05

Elsie....Karyn was only asking for the scripture reference. She never said that she was about to marry an unbeliever.
---Lisa on 5/24/05

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Karyn, I agree with the others in that if you marry someone who isn't sharing your heart when it comes to your faith, you are opening the door to heartache and disappointment. I'm sure the only reason you would consider this is because deep down you fear that God won't bring you someone special, so you make your own plans. Have faith in God.
---lisa on 5/24/05

Dear Karyn: If you are planning to disregard the scripture these bloggers have given you, please hear me! I knew this scripture yet rebelled and married as a teenager "unequally yoked". I have two wonderful children, BUT they are not saved because of the disunity in belief and it cost me 25 years of very hard lessons. I pray you trust and obey God to follow this scripture. He wants His absolute best for us!
---Elsie on 5/24/05

2 corinthians.6:14. Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers.
---debba7385 on 5/24/05

2nd Corinthians 6:14. God bless you
---Beulah on 5/24/05

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2 Corinthians 6:14-18
14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
15...or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
---Bruce5656 on 5/24/05

The place you will find this scripture is in 2 cor 6:14.
---krys on 5/24/05

Hi Karyn,
The verse you are looking for is 2 Corinthians 6:14. But it is good to read the other verses too. Both books of corinthians is good to read too. Hope this will help you some.
---angea on 5/24/05

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