(Closed) Bible Verses that aren't Corinthians and other readings.

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
1684 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

quick google search yielded these: (I really like the one from Ruth, personally).

Ruth said, “Do not press me to leave you and to
stop going with you, for
wherever you go, I shall go,
wherever you live, I shall live.
Your people will be my people,
and your God will be my God.
where you die, I shall die. 

John 15: 9-12 

Jesus said to his disciples:
“As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you.
Live on in my love.
You will live in my love if you keep my commandments,
even as I have kept my Father’s commandments,
and live in his love.
And this I tell you that my joy may be yours
and that your joy may be complete.
This is my commandment:
Love one another as I have loved you.” 

First Letter of John 4: 7-12

My dear friends, let us love one another, since love is from God
and everyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.
Whoever fails to love does not know God, because God is love.
This is the revelation of God’s love for us, that God sent his only Son into the world that we might have life through him.
Love consists in this:
it is not we who loved God, but God loved us and sent his Son to expiate our sins.
My dear friends, if God loved us so much, we too should love one another.
No one has ever seen God, but as long as we love one another
God remains in us and his love comes to its perfection in us. This is the proof that we remain in him and he in us. that he has given us a share in his Spirit. 

Post # 4
2523 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I’m having the Ruth one previously posted read, and this one in Song of Solomon, which me and my Love are very fond of. I edited parts of verse 4, where I’m stopping the reading:

Song of Solomon 3:1-4

By night on my bed I sought the one I love; I sought him, but I did not find him. 2 “I will rise now,” I said, “And go about the city; In the streets and in the squares I will seek the one I love.” I sought him, but I did not find him. 3 The watchmen who go about the city found me; I said, “Have you seen the one I love?”

4 Scarcely had I passed by them, When I found the one I love. I held him and would not let him go”

Post # 6
1676 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

“Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all.”

Ephesians 4:2-6

Post # 7
7904 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

We did the Corinthians passage for our biblical one, but our secular one was adapted from Plato’s Republic. Just to avoid any issues, we took out all the references to same-sex love. We have no problem with them, but it’s not the right time to pick that fight with certain family members.

Love is our best friend, our helper, and the healer of the ills which prevent us from being happy.


To understand the power of Love, we must understand that our original human nature was not like it is now, but different. Human beings each had two sets of arms, two sets of legs, and two faces looking in opposite directions. Due to the power and might of these original humans, the Gods began to fear that their reign might be threatened. They sought for a way to end the humans’ insolence without destroying them.


It was at this point that Zeus divided the humans in half. After the division the two parts of each desiring their other half, came together, and throwing their arms about one another, entwined in mutual embraces, longing to grow into one. So ancient is the desire of one another which is implanted in us, reuniting our original nature, making one of two, and healing the state of humankind.


Each of us when separated, having one side only, is but the indenture of a person, and we are always looking for our other half. And when one of us meets our other half, we are lost in an amazement of love and friendship and intimacy, and would not be out of the other’s sight even for a moment. We pass our whole lives together, desiring that we should be melted into one, to spend our lives as one person instead of two, and so that after our death there will be one departed soul instead of two; this is the very expression of our ancient need. And the reason is that human nature was originally one and we were a whole, and the desire and pursuit of the whole is called Love.

Post # 9
238 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

bump! I’m marking this for my own use later! These are great, ladies!

Post # 12
2335 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Two contenders I’ve saved:

Colossians 3:12-14 

As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect unity. 
Deuteronomy 6:5-9
“Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”

Post # 13
1074 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

We (and Wills and Kate!) used Romans 12: 9-18. Our minister said he loved it and had never heard it used in a wedding before. This is the New Living Translation: 

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.

Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.

Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all! Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.

Post # 14
4194 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

We had the Canticle of Love, from the United Methodist hymnal, as a reading. On the left side of this web site (a little too long to post):


Basically, it’s a composite of several other verses (including Corinthians)- I LOVED it. We also had John 15:9-13 as the Gospel reading.

Post # 15
5547 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Sorry if any of these are repeats, this is the list of ones I considered for our cermeony.

Ruth 1:16-17

 Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. 17Where 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.

Matthew 19:4-6

Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!

Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Songs of Solomon 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 wash it away.
If one were to give
all the wealth of his house for love,
it would be utterly scorned

Songs of Solomon 3:4 I found him whom my soul loves.

Post # 16
2808 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

bumping this for my own reference later on. thanks for the suggestions so far!

i wish i had something to add. i may come back and add to this after looking.

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