During the wedding ceremonies, there are certain wedding scriptures that are read. These are related to the concept of marriage in the Bible, a few of which are mentioned in the article below. Take a look.
A marriage defines the union of a man and a woman, and the foundation of a new family. In the Holy Bible, there are various instances where this union is described in beautiful and simple words, and explained by using various metaphors. When a couple decides to get married, both the husband and the wife have to first understand the true meaning of marriage, accept its gravity and then say “I do” before the altar of God. The scriptures in the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible have many such instances, where marriage is discussed. These can be used during wedding ceremonies as a guide for the new couple and as a reference for a sermon during the ceremony. There are many wedding scriptures that are usually picked up because they have very clear examples of marriage written in them. A few of these popular scripture readings are mentioned in the paragraphs below.
Old Testament Readings
As we all know, the Bible is divided into two main sections viz; the Old and the New testaments. In the Old testament, there books describe the world before Jesus Christ was born. The first marriage according to the Christian faith between Adam and Eve is talked about in this section. The story of Adam and Eve is a few popular reading used as wedding scriptures for many weddings. But like Adam and Eve, there were many other couples in the Old testament, who are role models for a good marriage. Their stories are included as the love scriptures in the bible.
Genesis 2:18-24 (King James Version)
And the Lord God said, it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him. And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them; and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found a help meet for him. And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and he slept, and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof. And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, this is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife and they shall be one.
Ruth 1:16-17 (New International Version)
But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. 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 anything but death separates you and me.”
Psalm 127 (New International Version)
Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat for he grants sleep to those he loves. Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate.
Proverbs 31:10-31 (New International Version)
A wife of noble character, who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
New Testament Readings
In the New testament, which is the section of the bible that starts with the birth of Jesus, there are equally important wedding scriptures. Jesus, however had a completely different approach to life which has many instances that contradict the teachings of the Old testament. But, Jesus Christ never proved the old teachings wrong even though he changed the way people thought about religion in his time. Therefore, in the books of the New testament, there are some of the best wedding scripture readings seen.
Matthew 19:4-6 (New International Version)
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. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.
John 2:1-11(New International Version)
On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” “Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied, “My time has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (New International Version)
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angers, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trust, 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.
1 John 4:16-21 (New International Version)
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, Love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one how fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command:Whoever loves God must also love his brother.
I am sure you have found yourselves a list of readings for your wedding ceremony as well! All these readings have a moral for the new couple connected to them and thus should be used by the two for their marital future.