June is generally considered the “wedding month”. My husband and I were married on June 2 and my oldest daughter on June 18. I suppose it doesn’t matter what month a young couple weds, the day is not as important as the years that follow. A wedding day is one thing, a life-long commitment in marriage is what is truly important. Here are some scripture verses that I hope all young couples will ponder upon in the weeks, months and year ahead as newlyweds.
Genesis 2:22-24 “Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.”
Matthew 19:4-6 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
Song of Songs 2:8-13 “Listen! My beloved! Look! Here he comes, leaping across the mountains, bounding over the hills. My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Look! There he stands behind our wall, gazing through the windows, peering through the lattice. My beloved spoke and said to me, “Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, come with me. See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.”
Proverbs 5:18-19 “May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth. A loving doe, a graceful deer— may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be intoxicated with her love.”
1 Corinthians 7: 4 “The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife.”
Proverbs 12:4 “A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.”
Proverbs 18:22 “He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.”
Proverbs 19:14 “Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the Lord.”
Proverbs 31:10 “A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.”
Colossians 3:18-19 “Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.”
Ephesians 5:22-23 “Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.”
Hebrews 13:4 “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.”
Malachi 2:14-15 “You ask, “Why?” It is because the Lord is the witness between you and the wife of your youth. You have been unfaithful to her, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant. Has not the one God made you? You belong to him in body and spirit. And what does the one God seek? Godly offspring. So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful to the wife of your youth.”
Romans 12:17 “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.”
Ephesians 4:1-3 “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
Ephesians 4:31-32 “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
Philippians 1:9-10 “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,”
1 Peter 1:22 “Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.”
1 Peter 3:7 “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.”
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
Philippians 2:2 “ then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.”
Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
1 Peter 4:8 “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”
1 John 3:16 “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-13 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
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It’s often been said that A wedding lasts a day, but a marriage lasts a lifetime. While we love the big celebration — two hearts becoming one, the flowers, the matching bridesmaid dresses, crying relatives (and sometimes even the chocolate fountain), we know that a wedding day is just the beginning. The real journey starts when all the decorations have come down, goodbyes have been said, and there are two people left who’ve been joined together for a lifetime. What an amazing, challenging, life-changing experience.
One thing is for certain: The journey is not always easy or predictable, but God has promised to guide them every step of the way.
Know someone getting married soon? Or maybe recently? It’s a great time to remind them of His promises for their life together.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (CSB)
“Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts. For if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up. Also, if two lie down together, they can keep warm; but how can one person alone keep warm? And if someone overpowers one person, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not easily broken.”
These verses remind us that “Two are better than one.” They highlight the importance of doing life together – no longer seeing ourselves as alone. This can be tough for the fiercely independent among us; maybe self-sufficiency just comes naturally. We like not having to run our decisions by anyone. We may enter a marriage after years of living the single life, and that takes a little (or a lotta) adjusting. Remember that if God calls us into a new season, it’s because He has something greater to share with us. In marriage, that means the joy of having a partner, a helper, a constant “got-your-back” teammate. Two people bound by Him have a greater strength than either of them ever had alone.
Hebrews 10:24-25 (CSB)
“And let us watch out for one another to provoke love and good works, not neglecting to gather together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day approaching.”
One way to keep a marriage healthy and vibrant is to practice these verses in Hebrews daily. It may be as simple as an uplifting quote or Scripture on the steering wheel or bathroom mirror. Or it might be a particularly difficult season for one spouse that the other can help talk and pray them through. Sometimes it’s about seeing God’s gifts in one another and drawing them out. One of the true joys in marriage is being able to see and speak into one another’s lives in a way that no one else can.
1 John 3:16 (CSB)
“This is how we have come to know love: He laid down his life for us. We should also lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”
We know what real love is because “Jesus Christ laid down his life for us,” and we’re called to do the same for one another. The journey of marriage gives us countless opportunities to practice this. Wedded bliss and romantic feelings are wonderful, but the real groundwork of love is laid when we lay down our lives for one another. Sometimes it isn’t about a big dramatic event (though it certainly could be!) but it’s often the little daily acts of surrender and service that add up to a life of sacrifice for one another.
1 Corinthians 13:4-13 (CSB)
“Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not arrogant, is not rude, is not self-seeking, is not irritable, and does not keep a record of wrongs. Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends….When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put aside childish things. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, as I am fully known. Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love—but the greatest of these is love.”
The words in Paul’s famous passage on love are among the most recognized in the New Testament. And though we’re used to hearing them often, it’s good to remember that they’re much more than a lovely touch at a wedding ceremony; they’re like a blueprint for a whole lifetime of love. It’s good to keep these verses close by– maybe on a nightstand, posted on the fridge, or somewhere else they can be read often. Reading different Bible translations can give us a fresh perspective when we’ve gotten too comfortable with the words. Every day we walk through with our spouse can be held up to this passage like a mirror, because every day we have different opportunities to practice Christ-like love.
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Publication date: June 22, 2017
A Christian wedding ceremony will include at least one scripture verse from the Bible, but how do you decide which one?
Church weddings usually include scripture for the wedding ceremony. For many reasons couples may be at a loss when it comes to choosing Bible verses to include at their marriage. Whether the problem is that there are just too many to choose from, or you don’t know where to begin, let me get you started with some ideas.
Most people may be familiar with the traditional “Love is patient, love is kind” verse from the book of Corinthians, that is so commonly used. It’s definitely a good one, but if you feel like breaking out of the mold, I’ve searched the Bible for appropriate quotes, long and short, and with various themes.
The Bible is Full of Scriptures About Love
Words from the book of Corinthians traditionally are used most often.
The most used scripture at wedding ceremonies, or wording included on wedding invitations has traditionally been the verses from the book of First Corinthians. The entire section which included four verses speaks of the qualities of love.
It says in part that love is patient, kind, and truthful. It always protects, hopes and perseveres. (NIV)
These are powerful words concerning love and it’s no wonder they are so popular with couples.
To read the entire set of verses, look up 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8.
If you go back just a few verses when you get to the book of 1 Corinthians 13, there is another set of verses that speak of how useless our efforts are if we “have not love”. Those words begin at chapter 13, verses one through three.
The books of first John and second John, in the New Testament, also contain scripture pertaining to love. In 1 John chapter 3, verse 18 we are told to put our love into actions. And further on in chapter four there is more about loving one another.
1 John 4:10-12 (paraphrase) This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us …..since God loved us, we ought to love one another. … if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love.
Scripture on Wedding Invitations
This blue floral design has two lines of scripture at the top… customize it with your own favorite verse.
Woman Created as Man’s Helper
Times have changed and although the Bible says that woman was created as a helper for man, these days I think we all agree that the helping part is mutual!
In Genesis 2:18 God sees that man is alone and wants to create a helper suitable for him. After Adam named all the birds and beasts, he put Adam to sleep and created woman from one of his ribs. Then he presented Adam with her, and he said, “This is the bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh” and named her ‘woman’.
Genesis 2:24 is a popular scripture read at marriage ceremonies. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.”
Scripture Seating Charts, “Love is Patient”
Put your favorite verse at the top of a 24 x 36 inch seating chart.
Scripture To Read For an Outdoor Wedding Ceremony
Nature and creation related readings work well when you are surrounded by the great outdoors.
The Bible is full of scripture pertaining to nature and creation. Including a verse or two about the beauty of this world shouldn’t be difficult to find.
One scripture that references the majesty of God is found in Acts 17 beginning with verse 24. Beginning with the statement that “God made the world and everything in it” and that “he does not live in temples built by hands“. This would be a beautiful reading for a wedding set in a garden or by the sea.
Read on in this scripture and it says that God predetermined the exact time and place where a man should live. Any couple feeling that it was their “destiny” to be together could also include that part.
More examples to include:
Psalm 8: 3-9 speaks of the majesty of the earth and asks, “what is man that you are mindful of him..”.
Psalm 19 (the work of his hands), Isaiah 40: 26 (stars)
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Unity Sand Ceremony With Scripture
Love never fails…
Song of Songs Contains Passionate Verses
The Song of Songs is a good place to find inspiration for your handwritten vows too.
Anyone who is familiar with the section of the bible called Song of Songs, also known as the Song of Solomon, knows that it speaks of love and lovers. Although it is short, it is quite a descriptive book as two lovers pour out words of longing and desire for one another.
Most of it may not be exactly what you are looking for in your church reading, but I think it could inspire you if you plan to compose your own wedding vows.
Two sections of verses from the Song of Songs would be beautiful and appropriate for the wedding ceremony. The first is in chapter 2, verses 10-13 which speaks of what I would consider to be reference to a new beginning. To paraphrase: Come with me, winter has passed, the rains are over and the season of singing has come.
In chapter 8, verses 6 and 7 there is a beautiful reference to the strength and power of love. It says in part, that love “is as strong as death” and that “it burns like a blazing fire”.
You may want to consider these verses to add to a wedding invitation or program if not to be used for a reading.
Stickers to use as envelope seals for a Christian marriage.
Sizes are 3 or 1.5 inches, and I suggest buying the larger size.
Will Someone Read From the Bible at Your Wedding Ceremony?
Either the officiant or a relative or friend can read scripture as part of the ceremony.
White Wedding Ceremony Programs With Scripture
Use the scripture example, or change it to your favorite verse.
I Have Found The One Whom My Soul Loves
White text on gray, scripture message stickers from Song of Solomon (Song of Songs).
Celebrate True Love
This scripture is perfect for the couple who feels like they’ve found their one true love. And what engaged couple doesn’t feel like that?
Depending on which Bible translation used, either it’s the bride speaking, as in this version “I found him whom my soul loves” (English Standard). But for a more general wording to include either or both the bride and groom, “I found the one whom I love with all my heart”, from the Common English Bible, would do.
Variations on this beautiful line of verse in the book of the bible “Song of Songs” can be found at the site BibleStudyTools.com.
Scripture Wall Decal for Newlyweds
Asking for Guidance
As Christian couples get married, and plan a future together, they will rely on God for guidance throughout their life journey.
Psalm 25: 1-14 is a prayer for guidance and pardon. “Show me your ways…guide me in your truth and teach me,..” it says in part, and goes on to say that the man who fears the Lord will be instructed “in the way chosen for him”. Leading a life that includes God means that “he will spend his days in prosperity, and his descendants will inherit the land.”
(The NIV Study Bible)
A Reminder of God’s Strength
Throughout the Bible, people are reminded of their place in this world. God knows that we will need to count on his strength to get us through tough times. Every family will have difficulties and couple’s may want to read scripture at their ceremony relating to this supernatural strength.
Isaiah 40: 20-31 speaks of God the Creator who “gives strength to the weary” and “those who hope in the Lord” will “soar on wings like eagles”.
Gift Bibles for Newlyweds
Which Bible Version to Use?
There are an abundance of bible translations, be sure to choose the one with wording that you like best.
The Bible has been translated, mostly for easier reading, into a large variety of versions. The one I have referenced for writing this page is the NIV, or “New International Version”.
There are many others that are written similarly, but with a large variety of wording for the same scripture.
The King James Version is the first version of scripture and will include words such as “thine” “hath” and “thou”. If you prefer the old type wording this is the book to use. Or you can go completely the other way and use “The Message” with paraphrased wording in a contemporary style. This one was interpreted by Eugene H. Peterson and reads more like a book, with no verse numbers to interrupt the unique wording.
Make sure that your preferred version is used to read from for the wedding ceremony.
Examples of Wording Differences in Bible Translations
The old English style varies significantly from the new, contemporary translation.
You should both decide on which version of the Bible to read from. The wording will not always be alike.
At the end of the most used wedding scripture in First Corinthians there is one line which sums it up: “Love never fails”. That is what will be read from the NIV and NKJ bibles. (And probably others as well. Not all are listed here.)
However, if your Pastor or Priest reads from the original King James Bible he will say, “Charity never faileth”. In fact, that version of the Bible will not mention love in the previous verses, but uses the word “charity” in it’s place. Or should I say, that the translation from the original has been changed to “love”.
A much more modern version of this same line can be found in The Message bible. There, the wording of that last sentence is, “Love never dies”.
Husband and Wife
The wife of noble character.
Chapter thirty-one in the book of Proverbs contains a lengthy description of “The Wife of Noble Character”. In the NIV version that is the title. In The Message it is titled, “Hymn to a Good Wife”.
The entire book is dedicated to teaching and giving instruction to the young, and especially young men. Many of the verses are short and include instruction in what is good as opposed to what is not. It’s a book of wise teachings and is linked with King Solomon who had asked God for the gift of wisdom.
The wife young men should seek is wise, giving, intelligent, clever, creative, resourceful, and supportive. She can handle pretty much any situation that comes her way. She is truly a gift to any lucky man.
Since the book is geared toward the young man, the epilogue describing this type of wife can be expected. Without using the entire selection, a couple may want to highlight certain verses to include in a reading. Choose the ones that specifically speak to the two of you!
Christian Poster With Advice for The Newlyweds
Scripture from Ephesians warns to not be angry when the day ends.
A Lifetime Commitment
These verses have strong words of faithfulness to each other.
These bits of scripture will profess a lifetime commitment to each other.
The first is found in the book of Ruth and although it is Ruth speaking to her mother-in-law, Naomi, the words show the deep devotion and lifetime commitment she feels.
“Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. 17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.” Ruth1:16 & 17
For the full verse, read Ruth 1: 16 & 17.
A more traditionally read passage comes from Mark 10: 6-9 which includes the words “what God has joined together, let man not separate”.
Scripture With Advice For the Christian Couple
A young couple, just starting out, may choose scripture containing reminders of what is most important in life.
The couple who will look to God for inspiration and guidance throughout their married life may want to include a favorite verse about the topics listed below.
Riches and wealth: Psalm 49:16-20 “…riches without understanding”.
Guidance: Psalm 25: 4&5 “…my hope is in you all day long.”
Trust in the Lord: Proverbs 3: 5&6 “….lean not on your own understanding.”
Strength and Hope: Isaiah 40: 28-31 “….soar on wings like eagles.”
Christian living: Romans 12: 9-21
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Scripture With Meaning
Choosing one or two favorite scriptures to share should be enough.
God’s word guides your life and you want to give credit to the Lord on this special day, but in doing so you won’t want to go overboard with the references to Bible scripture.
The scripture you choose to use at the wedding should mean something to both of you. In choosing one or two favorite verses, you will easily be able to get your point across. Grabbing any old verse for the sake of adding one just prolongs the ceremony.
Remember that some guests may not feel as strongly about their faith as you do and they won’t want to feel like they are being preached to. If you can’t narrow it down to just one or two verses, consider adding printed scripture to your wedding invitations and / or program.
If you don’t know where to begin, search the book of Psalms and Song of Songs, in the Old Testament. For advice on living a Godly life, find helpful passages in many of the books in the New Testament.
Short and Sweet Verses to Share or Have the Pastor Read
All verses are from the NIV Bible.
“I have loved you with an everlasting love.” Jeremiah 31:3
“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart”. Proverbs 3:3
“Everything is possible for him who believes.” Mark 9:23
“We live by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7
“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love for I have put my trust in you.” Psalm 143:8
“Be joyful always, pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1Thessalonians 5:16
Christian Renewing Vows Ceremony Invitation
1 Corinthians 13:5 on the front, “Love keeps no record of wrongs.”
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