|BIBLE VERSES FOR YOUR WEDDING CEREMONY(II)|
WESTCHESTER COUNTY & HUDSON VALLEY WEDDING GUIDE
Bible Verses for Your Wedding Ceremony, Part II
In Part One of this article, we discussed the sometimes challenging task of choosing Bible verses for your wedding ceremony and listed possible choices from the Old Testament and Apocrypha.
In Part II we continue with a list of possibilities from the Gospels
and New Testament. We will also discuss some tried and true methods for
Verses from the New Testament
In reading these selections, you may find yourself reading beyond the verses. This is an excellent idea because the context may surprise you in some cases. For example, Ruth 1:16 is a popular verse and is often used in weddings. (There are endless vocal music settings of this text as well, so don‘t rule this possibility out for your soloist.) While we think of this passage as being spoken by a man to a woman, or visa versa, as an affirmation of love and devotion, it is actually spoken by Ruth to her mother-in-law, Naomi! The story of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz is certainly an entertaining tale. If you have time to read the whole saga, I encourage you to do so! It’s quite a story! So, again, try to take the time to read a few verses before and after the main verses listed below. It could influence your decision.
How does one begin to narrow the choices? One thing to bear in mind is that many of these popular wedding Bible verses have been set to music. If you narrow your choices down to 5, but you only need to use 3, find out from your music director if any of your choices are set to music. You could then use those as vocal selections and the problem is solved. You can have them all!
And as for which ones to choose, you have some work ahead of you. Read the verses as a couple. Ask each other, "Does it speak to our situation?" "Does this sum up an important belief that we hold?" "Does this make us feel good or special when we read it?" And sometimes it’s simply a matter of what grabs you!
A word about translations and paraphrases: While many prefer the King James Version for the sheer poetry of the language, the verses above read quite differently in other translations. Consider consulting Today's English Version, The New International Version, the Revised Standard, the New Revised Standard, The Good News Bible, the New Living Translation, the Jerusalem Bible, and many others for more modern language. The most appropriate version of the Bible for a Jewish wedding is the Masoretic Text.
Your wedding is one of the most important events in your life. Take the
time to set the perfect tone for your married years by starting your
By Deborah Spence
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