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You need to know that God’s passion[a] is burning inside me for you, because, like a loving father, I have pledged your hand in marriage to Christ, your true bridegroom. I’ve also promised that I would present his fiancée to him as a pure virgin bride.[b]

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  1. 11:2 Or “godly jealousy.”
  2. 11:2 Paul uses the imagery of a bride and bridegroom to describe our relationship to Christ. See Hos. 2:19–20; John 3:29–30; Eph. 5:25–27; Rev. 19:6–8; 21.

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