23 Old Testament Wedding Readings For Your Ceremony

When you’re planning your wedding ceremony, it’s important to choose readings that reflect your values and interests.

The Bible is full of beautiful readings that are perfect for wedding ceremonies. 

If you’re interested in incorporating readings from the Old Testament, a few options might work for you.

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1. Genesis 1:26-28, 31a

Then God said:

“Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. 

Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea,

The birds of the air, and the cattle,

And over all the wild animals

And all the creatures that crawl on the ground.”

God created man in his image;

In the image of God he created him;

male and female he created them.

God blessed them, saying:

“Be fertile and multiply;

fill the earth and subdue it.

Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air,

And all the living things that move on the earth.”

God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good.

The word of the Lord.

2. Genesis 2:18-24

The Lord God said: “It is not good for the man to be alone.

I will make a suitable partner for him.”

So the Lord God formed out of the ground

various wild animals and various birds of the air,

and he brought them to the man to see what he would call them;

whatever the man called each of them would be its name.

The man gave names to all the cattle,

all the birds of the air, and all wild animals;

but none proved to be the suitable partner for the man.

So the Lord God cast a deep sleep on the man,

and while he was asleep,

He took out one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh.

The Lord God then built up into a woman the rib

that he had taken from the man.

When he brought her to the man, the man said:

“This one, at last, is bone of my bones

and flesh of my flesh;

This one shall be called ‘woman,’

for out of ‘her man’ this one has been taken.”

That is why a man leaves his father and mother

and clings to his wife,

and the two of them become one body.

The word of the Lord.The Lord God said: “It is not good for the man to be alone.

I will make a suitable partner for him.”

So the Lord God formed out of the ground

various wild animals and various birds of the air,

and he brought them to the man to see what he would call them;

whatever the man called each of them would be its name.

The man gave names to all the cattle,

all the birds of the air, and all wild animals;

but none proved to be the suitable partner for the man.

So the Lord God cast a deep sleep on the man,

and while he was asleep,

he took out one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh.

The Lord God then built up into a woman the rib

that he had taken from the man.

When he brought her to the man, the man said:

“This one, at last, is bone of my bones

and flesh of my flesh;

This one shall be called ‘woman,’

for out of ‘her man’ this one has been taken.”

That is why a man leaves his father and mother

and clings to his wife,

and the two of them become one body.

The word of the Lord.

3. Genesis 24:48-51, 58-67

The servant of Abraham said to Laban:

“I bowed down in worship to the Lord,

blessing the Lord, the God of my master Abraham,

who had led me on the right road

to obtain the daughter of my master’s kinsmen for his son.

If, therefore, you have in mind to show true loyalty to my master,

let me know;

but if not, let me know that, too.

I can then proceed accordingly.”

Laban and his household said in reply:

“This thing comes from the Lord;

we can say nothing to you either for or against it.

Here is Rebekah, ready for you;

take her with you,

that she may become the wife of your master’s son,

as the Lord has said.”

So they called Rebekah and asked her,

“Do you wish to go with this man?”

She answered, “I do.”

At this they allowed their sister Rebekah and her nurse to take leave,

along with Abraham’s servant and his men.

Invoking a blessing on Rebekah, they said;

“Sister, may you grow

into thousands of myriads;

And may your descendants gain possession

of the gates of their enemies!”

Then Rebekah and her maids started out;

They mounted their camels and followed the man.

So the servant took Rebekah and went on his way.

Meanwhile Isaac had gone from Beer-lahai-roi

and was living in the region of the Negeb.

One day toward evening he went out…in the field,

and as he looked around, he noticed that camels were approaching.

Rebekah, too, was looking about, and when she saw him,

she alighted from her camel and asked the servant,

“Who is the man out there, walking through the fields toward us?”

“That is my master,” replied the servant.

Then she covered herself with her veil.

The servant recounted to Isaac all the things he had done.

Then Isaac took Rebekah into his tent;

he married her, and thus she became his wife

In his love for her Isaac found solace

after the death of his mother Sarah.

The word of the Lord.

4. Ruth 1:16-17

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But Ruth replied, 

“Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. 

Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. 

Your people will be my people and your God my God. 

Where you die I will die,

and there I will be buried. 

May the Lord deal with me,

 be it ever so severely, 

if even death separates you and me.”

5. Psalm 23:1-4 

The LORD is my shepherd; 

I shall not want. 

He makes me lie down in green pastures. 

He leads me beside still waters. 

He restores my soul. 

He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. 

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, 

I will fear no evil, for You are with me; 

Your rod and Your staff. they comfort me.

6. Psalm 24 8-10

 O taste and see that the Lord is good;

happy are those who take refuge in him.

O fear the Lord, you his holy ones,

for those who fear him have no want.

The young lions suffer want and hunger,

but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

7. Psalm 67 

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God be gracious to us and bless us

and make his face to shine upon us,

That your way may be known upon earth,

your saving power among all nations.

Let the peoples praise you, O God;

Let all the people praise you.

O let the nations rejoice and be glad,

for you will judge the peoples righteously

and govern the nations upon earth.

Let the peoples praise you, O God;

let all the peoples praise you.

Then shall the earth bring forth her increase,

and God, our own God, will bless us.

God will bless us,

and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.

8. Psalm 92:12-15 

The righteous flourish like the palm tree,

and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

They are planted in the house of the Lord;

they flourish in the courts of our God.

In old age they still produce fruit;

they are always green and full of sap,

showing that the Lord is upright;

He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

9. Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the hills

from where is my help to come?

My help comes from the Lord

the maker of heaven and earth.

He will not suffer your foot to stumble,

he who watches over you will not sleep.

Behold, he who keeps watch over Israel

shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord himself watches over you,

the Lord is your shade at your right hand.

So that the sun shall not strike you by day

neither the moon by night.

The Lord shall keep you from all evil,

it is he who shall keep your soul.

The Lord shall keep watch over your going out

and your coming in,

from this time forth for evermore.

10. Psalm 128 

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Happy is everyone who fears the LORD, 

who walks in his ways. 

You shall eat the fruit of the labour of your hands; 

you shall be happy, and it shall go well with you. 

Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; 

your children will be like olive shoots around your table. 

Thus shall the man be blessed who fears the LORD. 

The LORD bless you from Zion. 

May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life. 

May you see your children’s children. Peace be upon Israel.

11. Proverbs 3:5-8

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, 

and do not lean on your own understanding. 

In all your ways acknowledge Him, 

and He will make straight your paths. 

Be not wise in your own eyes; 

fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. 

It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.

12. Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31

When one finds a worthy wife

her value is far beyond pearls.

Her husband, entrusting his heart to her,

has an unfailing prize.

She brings him good, and not evil,

all the days of her life.

She obtains wool and flax

and makes cloth with skillful hands.

She puts her hands to the distaff,

and her fingers ply the spindle.

She reaches out her hands to the poor,

and extends her arms to the needy.

Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting;

the woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Give her a reward of her labors,

and let her works praise her at the city gates.

The word of the Lord.

13. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

For everything there is a season,

and a time for every matter under heaven: 

a time to be born, and a time to die; 

a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what 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 throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; 

a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 

a time to seek, and a time to lose; 

a time to keep, and a time to throw away; 

a time to tear, and a time to sew; 

a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 

a time to love, and a time to hate; 

a time for war, and a time for peace

14. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Where in the Old Testament does it talk about marriage?

Two are better than one, 

because they have a good reward for their toil. 

For if they fall, one will lift up the other;

but woe to one who is alone and falls and does not have another to help. 

Again, if two lie together, they keep warm; 

But how can one keep warm alone? 

And though one might prevail against another, 

two will withstand one. A threefold cord is not quickly broken.

15. Songs of Songs 1:9-17

I have compared thee, O my love, to a company of horses in Pharaoh’s chariots.

Thy cheeks are comely with rows of jewels, thy neck with chains of gold.

We will make thee borders of gold with studs of silver.

While the king sitteth at his table, my spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof.

A bundle of myrrh is my well-beloved unto me; he shall lie all night between my breasts.

My beloved is unto me as a cluster of camphire in the vineyards of Engedi.

Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves’ eyes.

Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant: also our bed is green.

The beams of our house are cedar, and our rafters of fir.

16. Song of Songs 2:8-10, 14, 16a

Hark! My lover – here he comes

springing across the mountains,

leaping across the hills.

My lover is like a gazelle

or a young stag.

Here he stands behind our wall,

gazing through the windows,

peering through the lattices.

My lover speaks; he says to me,

“Arise, my beloved, my dove, my beautiful one, and come!

“O my dove in the clefts of the rock,

in the secret recesses of the cliff,

Let me see you,

let me hear your voice,

For your voice is sweet,

And you are lovely.”

My lover belongs to me and I to him.

17. Song of Songs 8:6-7

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. 

Many waters cannot quench love;

rivers cannot sweep it away. 

If one were to give

all the wealth of one’s house for love, 

it would be utterly scorned. 

18. Isaiah 62:4-5

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People will not call you Deserted anymore. 

They will no longer name your land Empty.

 Instead, you will be called One the Lord Delights In. 

Your land will be named Married One. 

That’s because the Lord will take delight in you. 

And your land will be married. 

As a young man marries a young woman, 

so your Builder will marry you.

 As a groom is happy with his bride, 

so your God will be full of joy over you.

19. Jeremiah 31: 31–34 

“The days are coming,” declares the Lord,

“when I will make a new covenant

with the people of Israel

and with the people of Judah.

It will not be like the covenant

I made with their ancestors

when I took them by the hand

to lead them out of Egypt,

because they broke my covenant,

though I was a husband to[a] them,[b]”

declares the Lord.

“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel

 after that time,” declares the Lord.

“I will put my law in their minds

 and write it on their hearts.

I will be their God,

and they will be my people.

No longer will they teach their neighbor,

or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’

because they will all know me,

from the least of them to the greatest,”

declares the Lord.

“For I will forgive their wickedness

 and will remember their sins no more.”

20. Hosea 2:16-23

“In that day,” declares the Lord,

 “you will call me ‘my husband’;

 you will no longer call me ‘my master.’

I will remove the names of the Baals from her lips;

no longer will their names be invoked.

In that day I will make a covenant for them

with the beasts of the field, the birds in the sky

and the creatures that move along the ground.

Bow and sword and battle

I will abolish from the land,

so that all may lie down in safety.

I will betroth you to me forever;

I will betroth you in] righteousness and justice,

in love and compassion.

I will betroth you in faithfulness,

and you will acknowledge the Lord.

“In that day I will respond,”

declares the Lord—

“I will respond to the skies,

and they will respond to the earth;

and the earth will respond to the grain,

 the new wine and the olive oil,

and they will respond to Jezreel.

I will plant her for myself in the land;

I will show my love to the one I called ‘Not my loved one.’

I will say to those called ‘Not my people,’ ‘You are my people’;

and they will say, ‘You are my God.’”

21. Tobit 7:6-14

Raphael and Tobiah entered the house of Raguel and greeted him.

Raguel sprang up and kissed Tobiah, shedding tears of joy.

But when he heard that Tobit had lost his eyesight,

he was grieved and wept aloud.

He said to Tobiah:

“My child, God bless you!

You are the son of a noble and good father.

But what a terrible misfortune

that such a righteous and charitable man

should be afflicted with blindness!”

He continued to weep in the arms of his kinsman Tobiah.

His wife Edna also wept for Tobit;

and even their daughter Sarah began to weep.

Afterward, Raguel slaughtered a ram from the flock

and gave them a cordial reception.

When they had bathed and reclined to eat,

Tobiah said to Raphael, “Brother Azariah,

ask Raguel to let me marry my kinswoman Sarah.”

Raguel overheard the words;

so he said to the boy:

“Eat and drink and be merry tonight,

for no man is more entitled to marry my daughter Sarah

than you, brother.

Besides, not even I have the right to give her to anyone but you,

because you are my closest relative.

But I will explain the situation to you very frankly.

I have given her in marriage to seven men,

all of whom were kinsmen of ours,

and all died on the very night they approached her.

But now, son, eat and drink.

I am sure the Lord will look after you both.”

Tobiah answered, “I will eat or drink nothing

until you set aside what belongs to me.”

Raguel said to him: “I will do it.

She is yours according to the decree of the Book of Moses.

Your marriage to her has been decided in heaven!

Take your kinswoman

from now on you are her love,

and she is your beloved.

She is yours today and ever after.

And tonight, son, may the Lord of heaven prosper you both.

May he grant you mercy and peace.”

Then Raguel called his daughter Sarah, and she came to him.

He took her by the hand and gave her to Tobiah with the words:

“Take her according to the law.

According to the decree written in the Book of Moses she is your wife.

Take her and bring her back safely to your father.

And may the God of heaven grant both of you peace and prosperity.”

He then called her mother and told her to bring a scroll,

So that he might draw up a marriage contract

stating that he gave Sarah to Tobiah as his wife

according to the decree of the Mosaic law.

Her mother brought the scroll,

and he drew up the contract,

to which they affixed their seal.

Afterward they began to eat and drink.

The word of the Lord.

22. Tobit 8:4-8

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When the parents had gone out and shut the door of the room, Tobias got out of bed and said to Sarah, ‘Sister, get up, and let us pray and implore our Lord that he grant us mercy and safety.’ So she got up, and they began to pray and implore that they might be kept safe. Tobias began by saying,

‘Blessed are you, O God of our ancestors,

and blessed is your name in all generations forever.

Let the heavens and the whole creation bless you forever.

You made Adam, and for him you made his wife Eve

as a helper and support.

From the two of them the human race has sprung.

You said, “It is not good that the man should be alone;

let us make a helper for him like himself.”

I now am taking this kinswoman of mine,

not because of lust,

but with sincerity.

Grant that she and I may find mercy

and that we may grow old together.’

And they both said, ‘Amen, amen.’

23. Sirach 26:1-4, 13-16

Blessed the husband of a good wife,

twice-lengthened are his days;

A worthy wife brings joy to her husband,

peaceful and full is his life.

A good wife is a generous gift

bestowed upon him who fears the Lord;

Be he rich or poor, his heart is content,

and a smile is ever on his face.

A gracious wife delights her husband,

her thoughtfulness puts flesh on his bones;

A gift from the Lord is her governed speech,

and her firm virtue is of surpassing worth.

Choicest of blessings is a modest wife,

priceless her chaste soul.

A holy and decent woman adds grace upon grace;

indeed, no price is worthy of her temperate soul.

Like the sun rising in the Lord’s heavens,

the beauty of a virtuous wife is the radiance of her home.

The word of the Lord.

Final Thoughts

So there you have it. A few Old Testament readings would be perfect for your wedding ceremony.

Be sure to choose the reading that feels most special to you and your fiance, and enjoy celebrating your love in front of all your friends and family.