When someone close to you passes away you can always find comfort and understanding in the pages of a Bible. Often it is the words that were passed down from thousands of years ago which help us come to terms with the loss we face and truly understand the reality of eternal life.
Bible verses are excellent sources of not only support but also fitting additions to eulogies, obituaries, and even as permanent engravings on headstones and memorials.
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Below I have selected over 80 verses from the Old Testament which I hope will help you through this difficult time in your life.
Bible verses From The Old Testament For Funerals
The Old Testament has existed in some form or another for at least 3000 years and was probably recorded by man sometime between 1200 to 165 B.C. It is a document that explains the creation of the world through the Judo-Christian tradition and contains law texts, histories, Poems, and prophecies.
I have selected verses from the following Old Testament books.
Daniel Deuteronomy Ecclesiastes Ezekiel Genesis Hosea Isaiah Jeremiah Job Joshua Lamentations Leviticus Numbers Proverbs Psalm Samuel Verse 1
But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.
2 Samuel 12:23
And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
The Lord your God will go with you. He will not leave you or forget you..
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you
Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
As he came forth of his mother’s womb, naked shall he return to go as he came, and shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry away in his hand.
A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of birth.
There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.
For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.
I most certainly don’t want anyone to die! This is what the Lord God says. Change your ways, and live!
But if a wicked person turns away from all his sins that he has committed and keeps all my statutes and does what is just and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die.
For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live!
If I say to the wicked, O wicked one, you shall surely die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way, that wicked person shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand.
Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.
Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and he took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her; thus Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death
Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people.
By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.
I will deliver this people from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death.
Shall I ransom them from the power of Sheol? Shall I redeem them from Death? O Death, where are your plagues? O Sheol, where is your sting? Compassion is hidden from my eyes.
He will swallow up on this mountain the veil that is veiling all peoples, the shroud enshrouding all nations. He will swallow up death forever. The Lord God will wipe tears from every face; he will remove his people’s disgrace from off the whole earth, for the Lord has spoken.
He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken.
In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.
He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Those who have been ransomed by the Lord will return. They will enter Jerusalem singing, crowned with everlasting joy. Sorrow and mourning will disappear, and they will be filled with joy and gladness
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted
The righteous man perishes, and no one lays it to heart; devout men are taken away, while no one understands. For the righteous man is taken away from calamity; he enters into peace; they rest in their beds who walk in their uprightness
As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you
The young women will dance for joy, and the men—old and young—will join in the celebration. I will turn their mourning into joy. I will comfort them and exchange their sorrow for rejoicing
And he said, Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.
Your hands fashioned and made me, and now you have destroyed me altogether. Remember that you have made me like clay; and will you return me to the dust? Did you not pour me out like milk and curdle me like cheese? You clothed me with skin and flesh, and knit me together with bones and sinews. You have granted me life and steadfast love, and your care has preserved my spirit
You will feel safe because there is hope.
If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.
When a few years are come, then I shall go the way whence I shall not return.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.
And, behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth: and ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof.
For no one is cast off by the Lord forever. Though he brings
grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. Lamentations 3:31-42
For the Lord will not cast off for ever: But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.
Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father, and you shall keep my Sabbaths: I am the Lord your God
Our father died in the wilderness, yet he was not among the company of those who gathered themselves together against the Lord in the company of Korah; but he died in his own sin, and he had no sons.
In the way of righteousness is life: and in the pathway thereof there is no death.
The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death.
Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.
Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.
The dead do not praise the Lord, nor do any who go down into silence.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there;if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
The Lord is gracious and full of compassion.
When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish.
He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand;
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.
Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
My God turns my darkness into light.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit
Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is: that I may know how frail I am.
For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.
But God will redeem my life from the grave; he will surely take me to himself.
Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I
My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him
My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him.
Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.
You are my protection, my place of safety in times of trouble.
So they cried out to the Lord in their distress, and God saved them from their desperate circumstances.God brought them out from the darkness and deep gloom; he shattered their chains.
Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.
God is our protection and our strength. He always helps in times of trouble.
Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. You will increase my honor and comfort me once again
Place me like a seal over your heart,like a seal on your arm;for love is as strong as death,its jealousy unyielding as the grave.It burns like blazing fire,like a mighty flame.
Song of Solomon 8:6
I really hope that you have found at least one Bible verse which brought you comfort or that you can use at the funeral of your departed loved one. Remember, you can get a copy of all of these Bible verses and more by accessing
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