There are a wide variety of Bible verses for funerals available in the Scriptures. We have brought together a selection of 20 of the best bible quotes to be used for a funeral, wake, or obituary.
Picking the right funeral Scripture will depend on the message you are trying to deliver and the tone that the funeral might take. Death can be a trying time for those left behind, but for the Christian that left, he is now in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. Some of these biblical quotes will be perfect for funeral eulogies or testimonials.
Bible Verses for Funerals
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
[ESV, Revelation 21:4
“It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body”
[1 Corinthians 15:44
“And when all the congregation saw that Aaron had perished, all the house of Israel wept for Aaron thirty days.”
“You shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead or tattoo yourselves: I am the Lord.”
“Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
“So Joseph died, being 110 years old. They embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.”
“Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.”
“Shall I ransom them from the power of Sheol? Shall I redeem them from Death? O Death, where are your plagues? O Sheol, where is your sting? Compassion is hidden from my eyes.”
“After saying these things, he said to them, Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him. The disciples said to him, Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover. Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he meant taking rest in sleep. Then Jesus told them plainly, Lazarus has died,”
“It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart.”
“For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.”
[1 Thessalonians 4:16
“The LORD kills and brings to life; he brings down to Sheol and raises up.”
[1 Samuel 2:6
“What man can live and never see death? Who can deliver his soul from the power of Sheol?”
“But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”–”
[1 Corinthians 2:9
“He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken.”
“And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people.”
“In the path of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death”
“Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.”
[2 Corinthians 5:8
“He said, “Behold, I am old; I do not know the day of my death.”
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
What does funeral scripture teach us about life, death?
This page on Bible verses for funerals conveys the reality that death is real for all men and women on the face of the earth, and that death is a path that all of us will some day traverse.
With death comes sorrow and mourning for those loved ones left behind even if we know that those family members or friends who have died have gone on to be with Jesus. Even Jesus wept over the death of Lazarus. Yet, as Christians, we can also find comfort in knowing they are in heaven because of the promises we find among these Scripture passages.
Many of these biblical quotes used in funerals also speak of a coming resurrection in which death will be defeated and we will all live with God–giving us an assurance that we will never die again after that. They tell us that the first death is not a real death; that when Jesus returns, our bodies will rise from the grave into eternal life.
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