70 Comforting Funeral Scriptures From The Bible

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Few things are as painful as dealing with the loss of a loved one.

After such a crucial loss, you may experience a range of emotions from sadness and anger to denial and shock. Thus, finding the right words that capture your thoughts and emotions is not as easy.

In such times, turning to God’s word may help you find some peace and comfort.

For the religious, reading these Bible verses for funerals can be the source of positivity they need. It can provide hope when you’re depressed; comfort when you are grieving; and peace when you are upset.

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Below, we have selected some beautiful scriptures from the Bible that you can use to read at a funeral. We hope these funeral scriptures will help bring comfort to the bereaved.

Best Funeral Scriptures

Isaiah 57:1-2

The righteous perish and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.

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Matthew 25:34-36

Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger and you invited Me in, I needed clothes and you clothed Me; I was sick and you looked after Me, I was in prison and you came to visit Me’.

Matthew 11:28-30

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

I Thessalonians 4:16-18

For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

Philippians 3:20-21

But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body.

John 14:1-4

Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.

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I Corinthians 15:50-51

I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed.

I Thessalonians 4:13-14

Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uniformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in Him.

John 11:25-26

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

Romans 8:38-39

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither the height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-4

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to mourn

Revelations 21:3-4

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling-place is now among the people, and He will dwell with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

Jeremiah 34:5

You will die peacefully. As people made a funeral fire in honor of your predecessors, the kings who ruled before you, so they will make a fire in your honor and lament, “Alas, Master!” I myself make this promise, declares the Lord.’

John 14:27-28

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. You heard me say, “I am going away and I am coming back to you.” If you loved me, you will be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.

Short Scriptures For Funerals

Hebrews 12:1

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

Ecclesiastes 12:7

And the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

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John 6:47

Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life.

2 Corinthians 5:1

For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.

I Peter 5:6-7

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 16:22

So, with you: now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.

your time of grief

Romans 6:4

We were therefore buried with him through the baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

Matthew 5:4

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

Jeremiah 31:13

Then young women will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.

Luke 23:43

Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with Me in paradise.”

Isaiah 41:10

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Psalm 4:8

In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

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Romans 8:28

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.

Isaiah 49:13

Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the Lord comforts His people and will have compassion on His afflicted ones.

Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Psalm 27:13-14

I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

Psalms 48:14

For this God is our God for ever and ever; He will be our guide even to the end.

God is our guide

Psalm 90:5-6

Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death – they are like the new grass of the morning: in the morning it springs up new, but by the evening it is dry and withered.

Job 5:11

The lowly He sets on high, and those who mourn are lifted to safety.

Jeremiah 31:16

This is what the Lord says: ‘Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears, for all your work will be rewarded,’ declares the Lord.

Ephesians 2:8-9

For it is by grace you have been saved through faith – and this not from yourselves; it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast.

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Proverbs 31:31

Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

Funeral Scriptures for Mom

Romans 5:1

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

Psalms 116:15-16

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His faithful servants. Truly I am your servant, Lord; I serve you just as my mother did; you have freed me from my chains.

Deuteronomy 31:8

The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

Isaiah 66:13

As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.

Genesis 24:67

Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he married Rebekah. So, she became his wife, and he loved her; and Isaac was comforted after his mothers’ death.

Proverbs 31:25-29

She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instructions is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; and her husband also, and he praises her: Many women do noble things but you surpass them all.

Psalm 91:11-12

For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

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Philippians 1:3-5

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.

II Corinthians 1:5

For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.

Lamentations 3:31-33

For no one is cast off by the Lord forever. Though He brings grief, He will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. For He does not willingly bring affliction or grief to anyone.

Psalm 72:12

For He will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help.

Psalm 139:12-13

Even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day for darkness is as light to you. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

Psalm 23:4

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

fear no evil bible verse

Revelations 14:13

Then I heard a voice from heaven say, ‘Write this: blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ‘Yes,’ says the Spirit, ‘they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.

Colossians 2:5

For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith in Christ is.

Isaiah 51:11

Those the Lord has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

Leviticus 19:3

Each of you must respect your mother and father, and you must observe my Sabbaths, I am the Lord your God.

Romans 14:8

If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.

Luke 1:45

Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfil His promises to her!

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Psalm 46:5

God is within her; she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.

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John 6:37-40

All those the Father gives Me will come to Me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of Him who sent Me. And this is the will of Him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those He has given Me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.

Luke 23:46

Jesus called out with a loud voice, ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.’ When He had said this, He breathed His last.

Funeral Scripture Readings for Dad

Proverbs 23:22-24

Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old. Buy the truth and do not sell it – wisdom, instructions and insight as well. The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.

Psalm 103:13

As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion for those who fear Him;

Psalm 34:17-19

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.

II Corinthians 1:3-4

Praise be to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

Genesis 25:8

Then Abraham breathed his last and died at a good age, an old man and full of years; and he was gathered to his people.

Psalm 139:7-10

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. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

Psalm 30:5

Sing the praises of the Lord, you His faithful people; praise His holy name. For His anger only lasts only a moment but His favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

Proverbs 1:8-9

Listen, my son, to your father’s instructions and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.

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Luke 15:20

So, he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

Romans 6:9

For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, He cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over Him. The death He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life He lives, He lives to God.

Summary

We all have our own way of grieving and coping with the loss of a loved one. However, the best way to help you heal is by giving in to God, and His words to help bring comfort and peace.

The scriptures in the Bible will show you that God is always there to wipe away your tears and comfort you, in times of sadness. In God’s presence, comfort will follow.

Our collection of bible verses for funerals can be used at a service or in a eulogy, for a loved one who has passed away. It can also be a source of inspiration for you to write a condolence message or a greeting card.

You may also use these bible verses to help express your feelings and your relationship with the deceased.

We hope that the funeral readings above will help you honor your loved one. May they bring you comfort, and console you in your grieving process, while paying respect to your faith.

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