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…
For a huge selection of over 100 poems, readings and biblical passages see our Wedding Readings Poems & Vows book.
Popular Old Testament wedding readings
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
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
O Lord, how majestic is thy name
Psalm 34: 1‐3
Let us exalt his name together
May God be gracious to us and bless us…
Psalm 95: 1‐7
Let us sing to the Lord
Make a joyful noise to the Lord
He will keep your going out and your coming in
Unless the Lord builds the house…
May you see your children’s children!
Psalm 136: 1‐9
His steadfast love endures forever
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
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
For more ideas…
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.
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