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Wedding Readings from Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, and Isaiah

Old Testament Wedding Readings

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Proverbs 31:10-13,19-20,30-31
A capable wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.
The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life.
She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands.
She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle.
She opens her hand to the poor, and reaches out her hands to the needy.
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Give her a share in the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the city gates.

Why this Old Testament scripture makes a good wedding reading: If you're looking for a simple and short verse about being a good wife, this passage can be ended after the third line. If you use the entire passage, it goes into more depth about a woman's relationship with the Lord and with her community. You might pair this verse with the New Testament reading Ephesians 5:25-32, so that there's one reading about the wife, and one about the husband.

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.

Why this Old Testament scripture makes a good wedding reading: A wedding is one of the most important events of your life. This verse reminds us that these important events aren't random, and do not happen whenever; God has a purpose behind each of them. He is sovereign over all of these events, ordaining when they will happen and why.

Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up the other; but woe to one who is alone and falls and does not have another to help. Again, if two lie together, they keep warm; but how can one keep warm alone? And though one might prevail against another, two will withstand one. A threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Why this Old Testament scripture makes a good Christian wedding reading: We are reminded why marriages are so valuable to us. Though most of this verse talks about the strength of two being better than one, the last line speaks of three. The threefold cord is the bride, the groom, and God.

Song of Solomon or Song of Songs 2:10-13
My beloved speaks and says to me: "Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.

Why this Old Testament scripture makes a good wedding reading: Song of Songs is an unusual book in the bible – it's a love story between a man and a woman, and doesn't contain explicitly religious content. Though some religious scholars posit that the book is a metaphor for the love between God and His people, it can also be read simply as a pretty love story. That makes it a good choice for interfaith couples, as well as those who are not as religious as their parents.

Song of Solomon or Song of Songs 8:6-7
Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If one offered for love all the wealth of his house, it would be utterly scorned.

Why this Old Testament scripture makes a good wedding reading: See above entry for Song of Solomon 2:10-13

Isaiah 32:2, 16-18
Each will be like a hiding-place from the wind, a covert from the tempest,
like streams of water in a dry place, like the shade of a great rock in a weary land.

Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness abide in the fruitful field.
The effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust for ever.
My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting-places.

Why this Old Testament scripture makes a good wedding reading: Your love for each other should provide you shelter and protection from struggles, and you should remember that your love is a gift from God.

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