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21 Old Testament Wedding Readings

Bible Verses about Love, Marriage, and Commitment

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If you're looking for a wedding reading from the Old Testament, here are some of the most popular and beautiful pieces of scripture that talk about love. Old Testament wedding readings are an important part of Catholic and Episcopalian ceremonies, and are also often used in other denominations. They are especially appropriate for Christian-Jewish interfaith marriages.

Your priest, minister, or other officiant can often help guide you to appropriate verses. Yet, you should still read and discuss all of the suggestions. Hopefully, you will find one that particularly speaks to your relationship, views on marriage, or relationship to God. You may also wish to read New Testament wedding readings and the Most Popular wedding readings from the Bible

    Scroll down to read full text of these Old Testament wedding readings. I've also included why they make good wedding readings:

  • Genesis 1:26-28, 31a Be fruitful and multiply
  • Genesis 2:18-24 It is not good that Man should be alone
  • Genesis 9: 8-17 The rainbow and God's covenant with Noah


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  • Genesis 24:48-51, 58-67 The marriage of Isaac and Rebekah
  • Joshua 24:15 as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord
  • Ruth 16-17 Your people shall be my people
  • Proverbs 3: 1-6, 13-18 Do not let loyalty and faithfulness forsake you


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  • Proverbs 31: 10-12 Ode to a capable wife
  • Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8 For everything there is a season
  • Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12 Two are better than one
  • Song of Solomon AKA Song of Songs 2:10-13 Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.
  • Song of Solomon AKA Song of Songs 8:6-7 Set me as a seal upon your heart
  • Isaiah 32:2, 16-18 Each will be like a hiding-place


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  • Isaiah 43:1-7 You are precious in God's eyes.
  • Isaiah 54: 10-14 My steadfast love will not depart from you
  • Isaiah 61: 10-11 As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
  • Jeremiah 31:31-34 I will make a new covenant


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  • Jeremiah 33:10-11 There shall once more be heard the voices of the bride and bridegroom
  • Hosea 2: 16-20 I will betroth you to me forever
  • * Tobit 8:4b-9 Grant that we may grow old together (Tobit is a book of the Catholic and Orthodox Biblical Canon but is not accepted by most Protestants)
  • *Sirach 26:1-4, 13-16 Happy is the husband of a good wife (Sirach is a book of the Catholic and Orthodox Biblical Canon but is not accepted by most Protestants)


Genesis 1:26-28, 31a
Then God said, "Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth." So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth." God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good.

Why this Old Testament scripture makes a good wedding reading: Your wedding day is the start of your new family, when you will fulfill God's command to pair off, be fruitful, and multiply.

Genesis 2:18-24
Then the LORD God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner." So out of the ground the LORD God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every animal of the field; but for the man there was not found a helper as his partner. So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then he took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, "This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one shall be called Woman, for out of Man this one was taken." Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh.

Why this Old Testament scripture makes a good wedding reading: Woman comes from not from man's foot or from his head, but rather from his side, as his helper and his partner. Like you may have searched for your new spouse, God searched for a suitable partner for man, rejecting all the animals before he created her especially for him.

Genesis 9:8-17
Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, "As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark. I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth." God said, "This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth." God said to Noah, "This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth."

Why this Old Testament scripture makes a good wedding reading: The covenant that you make with one another today is an echo of the covenant that God made with all of us. Like the rainbow is a symbol of God's covenant, your rings are symbols of your everlasting covenant.

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