There are many verses and passages in the bible that can be read at the funeral. The purpose of Bible reading at funerals is to comfort the family and the friends of the deceased. There is a great commitment to reading bible verse by the ministers of God at the funeral, this is not for the deceased alone but they believe they can convert the non-religious folks to Christians and change their ways to the ways of God, Christ Jesus. There are Bible readings for funerals in both the old and the new testaments of the bible.
There is a belief by some Christians that when the deceased is prayed for, he or she would be able to make heaven and God will be lenient with the person in the passing of the judgment.
Bible readings at funerals from the old testaments
There are many verses in the old testaments that are mostly and often used by the ministers at funerals. The bible talks about death destruction in Isaiah 25:7-9, and he will destroy on this mountain the covering of the face that is cast over the heads of all peoples and the veil that is woven and spread over all nations went on to verse 8 saying he will swallow up death in victory, he will abolish death forever. And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces and the reproach of his people will take away from off all the earth for the Lord has spoken to verse 9 where it emphasized on what the Lord said saying it shall be said in that day, behold our God upon whom we have waited and hoped, that he might save us! This is the lord, we have waited for him; we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
The bible passage stated above was talking about the coming and purpose of the coming of Jesus Christ in New Testaments. How Jesus would come and destroy death and wipe away all sadness and reproach from the face of the children of God.
- Wisdom 3:1-9 or 3:1-6. 9 He Accepted Them as a Holocaust
- Wisdom 4:7-15 A Blameless Life Is A Ripe Old Age:
- I Know That My Redeemer Lives: Job 19:1, 23-27
- Lamentations 3:17-26 It Is Good To Wait in Silence for the Lord God to Save
- Daniel 12:1-3 of Those Who Lie Sleeping In the Dust of the Earth Many Will Awake
- 2 Maccabees 12:43 It Is Good and Holy To Think Of the Dead Rising Again
Just like the old testaments, the new testaments have a lot of bible verses backing up what has been said in the old testament about death. In 1 Corinthian 15:51-57, these bible verses especially verse 54 of it talked proved and showed that what was said in the book of Isaiah in the old testament was true. It said the death was swallowed up in and unto victory. Then verse 55 of it said o death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? the meaning of sting was seen in verse 56 saying now sin is the sting of death, and sin exercises its power upon the soul through the abuse of the law.
Other Bible verses in the new testaments
Acts of the Apostles 10:34-43 and he charged us to preach to the people and to bear solemn testimonies that he is God-appointed and God-ordained Judge of the living and the dead
Romans 5:1-11 Having Been Justified By His Blood, We Will Be Saved From God’s Anger through Him
Romans 5:17-21 Where Sin Increased, There Grace Abounded All The More
Romans 6:3-9 or 6:3-4. 8 Let Us Walk In Newness of Life
Romans 8:14-23 We Groan While We Wait For the Redemption of Our Bodies
Romans 8:31-35. Who is there to condemn us? Will Christ Jesus the Messiah, who died or rather was raised from dead, who is at the right hand of God actually pleading as he intercedes for us?
Romans 14:7-9. 10-1 Whether Alive or Dead, We Belong To the Lord
1 Corinthians 15:20-24 All People Will Be Brought To Life through Christ
2 Corinthians 4:13 What Is Seen Is Transitory; What Is Unseen Is Eternal
2 Corinthians 5:1, 6-10 We Have an Everlasting Home in Heaven
Philippians 3:20-21 Jesus Will Transfigure These Wretched Bodies of Ours to Be Like His Glorious Body
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 We Shall Stay With the Lord For Ever
2 Timothy 2:8-13 If We Have Died With Him, Then We Shall Live With Him
1 John 3:1-2 We Shall See God As He Really Is
1 John3:14-16 If We Have Passed From Death to Life, Because We Love Our Brothers and Sisters
Revelation 14:13 Happy Are Those Who Die In the Lord
Revelation 20:11 the Dead Have Been Judged According To Their Works
21:1-5. 6-7 There Will Be No More Death: Revelation
As was earlier on stated that one of the purposes of reading bible verses at funerals is to convert sinners to saints so that they won’t be the painful death of dying in sin. There are some bible verses that are used at the funeral that should preach the gospel to people that attend the funerals. Some of them are stated below
Matthew 5:1 Rejoice and Be Glad, For Your Reward Will Be Great In Heaven
Matthew 11:25-30 Come To Me…And I Will Give You Rest
Matthew 25:1-13 Look The Bridegroom Comes. Go Out To Meet Him
Matthew 25:31-46 Come, You Whom My Father Has Blessed
Mark 15:33-39; 16:1-6 or 15:33-39 Jesus Gave a Loud Cry and Breathed His Last
Luke 12:35-40 Be Prepared
Luke 23:33, 39-43 Today You Will Be With Me in Paradise
Luke 24:13-35 or 24:13-16, 28-35 Was Is Not Necessary That The Christ Should Suffer And So Enter Into His Glory?
John5:24-29 Whoever Hears My Word and Believes Has Passed From Death to Life
John 11:32-45 I Am the Resurrection and the Life: John 11:17-27 or 11:21-27
Lazarus, Come Out