Bible Verses for Your Wedding - Part IWritten by Deborah Spence
An important aspect of planning your wedding is selecting Scriptures to be read in ceremony. Many clergy encourage couples to look through Bible and choose some appropriate verses. This provides an excellent way for bride and groom to personalize their service by choosing passages that have a special meaning for them or speak to their particular situation. For many couples this is both exciting and daunting. After all, Bible is a pretty big book! Where to begin? How to choose? Which to choose?
Most members of clergy will not object to more than one reading during your ceremony. In fact, many will encourage you to pick as many as 3 passages. As difficult as it might be for you to believe, it can be hard to narrow it down. There are so many from which to choose!
The following list is Part One of a two-part article and begins with readings from Old Testament, also known as Hebrew Bible. The list comes as a result of years of working with wedding couples in Episcopal, Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, and Christian Science churches and from my education at both undergraduate and graduate levels.
Direct quotes from Bible are taken from King James Version, which is in public domain. The interpretations or paraphrases of these verses are strictly my own. However, they do reflect mainstream thought and are non-denominational in perspective.
Part One - Old Testament and Apocrypha
Readings from Old Testament, also called The Hebrew Bible, are also most appropriate for Jewish weddings.
Genesis 1:27-28a, 31a God's good and gracious work in creating man and woman for each other
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