Old Testament readings from the Bible for your wedding

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…


Popular Old Testament wedding readings

Genesis 1: 20‐20Creation of woman
Genesis 1: 26‐28Male and female He created them
Genesis 9: 8‐17The rainbow and God’s covenant with Noah
Joshua 24:15As for me and my house we will serve the Lord
Ruth 1: 16‐17Wither thou goest I will go
Ecclesiastes 3: 1‐8For everything there is a season
Ecclesiastes 4: 9‐12Two are better than one
Psalm 8O Lord, how majestic is thy name
Psalm 34: 1‐3Let us exalt his name together
Psalm 67May God be gracious to us and bless us…
Psalm 95: 1‐7Let us sing to the Lord
Psalm 100Make a joyful noise to the Lord
Psalm 121He will keep your going out and your coming in
Psalm 127Unless the Lord builds the house…
Psalm 128May you see your children’s children!
Psalm 136: 1‐9His steadfast love endures forever
Psalm 150Praise the Lord!
Proverbs 3: 1‐6, 13‐18Let not loyalty and faithfulness forsake you
Proverbs 31: 10‐12A good wife is more precious than jewels
Isaiah 30:21This is the way, walk in it
Isaiah 32:2, 16‐18Each will be like a hiding place, like streams in dry land
Isaiah 54: 10‐14My steadfast love will not depart from you
Isaiah 61: 10‐11Clothed in salvation…as a bride adorns herself with herjewels
Jeremiah 33: 10‐11There will be heard once more the voices of the bride and bridegroom
Hosea 2: 19‐20I 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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