Self-pleasure is a topic that is often seen as taboo. However, the Bible has quite a few things to say about it! In fact, there are 10 verses that talk specifically about self-pleasure. And guess what? They’re all positive! So if you’re feeling guilty or ashamed about enjoying yourself, read on! These verses will make you feel better about yourself and help you see self-pleasure in a new light.
Scripture about Self-Pleasure
10 Bible Verses about Self-Pleasure
2 Timothy 3:2 ESV
For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,
Jeremiah 2:13 ESV
For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.
1 Peter 4:3 ESV
For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry.
Matthew 5:28 ESV
But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
1 Peter 5:8 ESV
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
1 Peter 4:10 ESV
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:
Titus 2:12 ESV
Training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,
1 Timothy 5:1-25 ESV
Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity. Honor widows who are truly widows. But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show godliness to their own household and to make some return to their parents, for this is pleasing in the sight of God. She who is truly a widow, left all alone, has set her hope on God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day, …
1 Corinthians 6:20 ESV
For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
Romans 12:1-21 ESV
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. …
John 6:1-71 ESV
After this Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. And a large crowd was following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing on the sick. Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples. Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” …
Scripture about Self-Pleasure KJV
There is no explicit scripture that condemns self-pleasure, also known as solitary or solo sex. The closest thing to such a condemnation are Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 6:18 which says, “Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.” Paul’s point is that sex is designed by God to be enjoyed within the bounds of marriage between a man and woman. When we have sex outside of that context, we sin against our bodies (and God’s design). So while self-pleasure doesn’t specifically violate Paul’s instructions to flee sexual immorality, it could be argued that it falls under the umbrella of sexual immorality.
FAQ about Self-Pleasure in the Bible
There is no right or wrong answer to this question, as masturbation is a personal choice that each person should make for themselves. However, there are some potential risks associated with self-gratification that you should be aware of. For example, masturbating too often or without proper lubrication can cause skin irritation and lead to infection. Additionally, excessive masturbation can be linked to anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders. So if you find that you are struggling with negative emotions after masturbating, it might be a good idea to cut back on how often you do it.
There’s no explicit mention of masturbation in the Bible, so Christians are divided on the issue. Some believe that it’s intrinsically wrong, while others believe that it’s only problematic if it becomes an addiction or if it prevents you from fleeing sexual sin. Personally, I don’t believe that touching yourself is a sin. I think it’s a perfectly natural way to explore your own body and sexuality. However, like anything else, there can be a downside to masturbation if it becomes compulsive or if it replaces healthy sexual intimacy with your spouse.
God wants you to be happy. He has designed you to experience joy, love, and contentment. Though we live in a broken world full of pain and suffering, God’s original design for His children was happiness. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). This verse is packed with Good News! Believe in Jesus Christ and you will not only inherit eternal life but also have a relationship with the Father who will give you an abundant life now (John 10:10). Jesus came to save us from our sin so that we could have a restored relationship with God and experience His