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What are some good Bible verses for funerals?

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Some good Bible verses for funerals include Matthew 5:4, Psalms 119:50, Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 and Philippians 1:21-23. With Matthew stating that those who mourn shall be comforted, and the verses in Psalms stating that in affliction, the promise of God gives life, all of these verses are offerings of comfort. For example, the Ecclesiastes verse speaks to the idea that there is a time and season for everything, including a time to be born and a time to die.

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John 14:27, another good verse for a funeral service, looks to peace, asking that hearts not be troubled or afraid. That verse, as well as Isaiah 41:10, which states that God is present with each individual, are appropriate verses, serving as reminders to those present that God is with each one of them in their time of mourning.

Another well-known verse that is good for use at a funeral is Psalm 23. This Psalm speaks to times of trouble, stating, "Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death," and continues to state that it is not necessary to fear, as God is present and offering comfort.

One more simple verse to offer comfort at a memorial service is Psalm 34:18, which states, "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Again, this verse serves as a reminder that God is near in times of sadness, such as when a loved one has died.

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