Growing up, you might be most familiar with the letter to the Corinthians in the context of weddings rather than funerals. Although the seventh and eighth book of the Bible does teach us “love is patient, love is kind (1 Corinthians 13 1)“, these ancient letters also have many other messages about life and death.
Below are a collection of 22 verses from the two letters sent to the Corinthians. I’ve included some duplicates simply because the different translations give slightly different stances on the actual message from the original letter.
I have selected them because they will bring you comfort in your time of loss and are also excellent additions to a eulogy or obituary. You can also consider engraving such a verse on a headstone.
These letters were sent between 53 AD and 57 AD while Paul the Apostle was in the city of Ephesus, which is located in Asia Minor and later in Macedonia.
Paul had personally converted many people in the City of Corinth and was concerned about the progress of the fledgling early church in that city. Christianity at this time was still the minority religion and many of the pagan practices which still existed in Corinth were infiltrating the church there.
Paul, along with Sosthenes (at least for the first letter), wrote to give the Corinthians advice about how to safeguard their faith and truly honor the lord.
As modern Christians, we can still learn a lot about life and death, as well as love, from the original letters that Paul sent to the early Corinthians nearly 2,000 years ago.
Verses From the first letter to the Corinthians
Saint Paul, as with other Apostles, carried out a lot of missionary work in the decades following the ascension of Christ. Paul visited many towns over several years preaching the new faith. Corinth was one such place where he converted many people to the fledgling Christian religion, which he visited in about 50 AD.
Following several years on other missionary missions, Paul received a letter from the Corinthians asking for clarification on certain things about their new faith. What we know as the first letter to the Corinthians is the reply that was written to that city in about 53-54 AD.
Verses From the second letter to the Corinthians
St. Paul wrote a second letter to the Corinthians in 55 AD while in Macedonia. According to Britannica, it is likely that this was a letter written after Paul himself had visited Corinth again due to the references made in this document. Again, modern Christians can get just as much guidance from these words as those dealing with loss two millennium ago.