What Are Some Comforting Bible Verses That Are Appropriate for Funerals?


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The book of Psalms offers comforting Bible verses that are appropriate for funerals, including Psalm chapter 23 and Psalm 34:18. Other verses that offer comfort are Romans 8:31 and 2Corinthians 1:3-4.

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What Are Some Comforting Bible Verses That Are Appropriate for Funerals?
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Psalm 23 is a well-known Bible verse that offers solace when a family loses a loved one. An inspiring passage, its familiar opening line, "The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want," is often recited at funerals or memorials. Although the Bible has many versions, the opening line of Psalm 23 is almost exactly the same throughout the versions. Read a few different translations to get a feel for the one most appropriate to the situation. Psalm 23 ends with another familiar and soul-comforting passage, "And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."

A funeral is a time to mourn, but the recited Bible verses should not be morbid or depressing. Instead, find peace in what they state about life and death. A funeral can also be a time of remembrance or celebration. Take into consideration the various ways that people grieve and determine what would be most meaningful to those present.

Along with Bible verses, songs, poems and stories are also appropriate and comforting at a funeral.

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