Popular Bible readings for Christian funerals

Popular Bible readings for Christian funerals


Popular Bible readings

At Christian funerals, Bible readings hold significant meanings. For one, Bible verses help acknowledge the loss of someone and bring comfort to those in mourning. They also help to celebrate the life of a loved one, while remembering their faith. Bible readings can play a practical role at funerals too, by giving the ceremony structure.

How to choose Bible readings for Christian funerals

When deciding what verses to share at the funeral of a close friend or family member, you could go with some of their personal favourites. Otherwise, including passages that offer peace, solace, or encouragement is always wise. Below are a few popular readings to take a little load off your shoulders.

Old Testament Bible readings

  • Ecclesiastes 3:1-4
    There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance…
  • Isaiah 41:10
    So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
  • Isaiah 57:1-2
    The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.
  • Job 19:25-27
    I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!
  • Lamentations 3:32
    Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.

New Testament Bible readings

  • Philippians 4:7
    And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
  • Romans 8:28
    And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
  • Romans 14:7-8
    For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
  • John 3:16
    For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
  • 2 Corinthians 1:3-5
    Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.

To all our Christian readers, we hope the above words will be helpful in making your loved one’s final farewell more meaningful. If you’re looking for more assistance with planning a religious funeral, Direct is here for you.