Written by Paula Jones Last updated: June 6, 2006
Choosing the right wedding reading for your big day really is easy – just follow our guide.
If you have chosen to have a religious wedding ceremony, you will no doubt know that the Old Testament refers to the collection of books that form the first of the two‐part Christian Bible and were written prior to the life of Jesus.
Whether you regularly go to church or heard bits from the Bible at school, you’ll be surprised how many readings from the Old Testament you recognize, because they are often well known and are a popular choice for many church wedding ceremonies.
Finding a Bible reading is easy once you know how. All you have to do is look them up by book, chapter and verse (for example Genesis.1,16 would refer to the book of Genesis, chapter 1, verse 16).
So which Old Testament reading should you choose for your own big day? Here’s a selection of our favourites to give you inspiration…
|Genesis 1: 20‐20||Creation of woman|
|Genesis 1: 26‐28||Male and female He created them|
|Genesis 9: 8‐17||The rainbow and God’s covenant with Noah|
|Joshua 24:15||As for me and my house we will serve the Lord|
|Ruth 1: 16‐17||Wither thou goest I will go|
|Ecclesiastes 3: 1‐8||For everything there is a season|
|Ecclesiastes 4: 9‐12||Two are better than one|
|Psalm 8||O Lord, how majestic is thy name|
|Psalm 34: 1‐3||Let us exalt his name together|
|Psalm 67||May God be gracious to us and bless us…|
|Psalm 95: 1‐7||Let us sing to the Lord|
|Psalm 100||Make a joyful noise to the Lord|
|Psalm 121||He will keep your going out and your coming in|
|Psalm 127||Unless the Lord builds the house…|
|Psalm 128||May you see your children’s children!|
|Psalm 136: 1‐9||His steadfast love endures forever|
|Psalm 150||Praise the Lord!|
|Proverbs 3: 1‐6, 13‐18||Let not loyalty and faithfulness forsake you|
|Proverbs 31: 10‐12||A good wife is more precious than jewels|
|Isaiah 30:21||This is the way, walk in it|
|Isaiah 32:2, 16‐18||Each will be like a hiding place, like streams in dry land|
|Isaiah 54: 10‐14||My steadfast love will not depart from you|
|Isaiah 61: 10‐11||Clothed in salvation…as a bride adorns herself with herjewels|
|Jeremiah 33: 10‐11||There will be heard once more the voices of the bride and bridegroom|
|Hosea 2: 19‐20||I will betroth you to me forever|
If you are still struggling to find a suitable Biblical reading, take a look at our other ideas for Biblical readings at your wedding, as well as our guide to common themes in Bible readings for your wedding and ideas for religious readings.