Monday, February 4, 2008

Wedding Scripture Reading

I prepared this responsive Scripture reading for the wedding and several asked to have it posted. Please feel free to use it. I began by researching the "classic" wedding passages and was reminded again at how well God uses His Word to provide commentary for understanding and application on other Scripture. I think that you'll see this here as well. If you have a chance you should read it aloud with male and female voices. God's Word is beautiful.

Normal type- male voice

Italicized type- female voice

Bold type- voices together

Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."

So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.

The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him."

So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man's ribs and closed up the place with flesh.

Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.

So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."

He who finds a wife finds what is good
and receives favor from the LORD.

A wife of noble character is her husband's crown,
but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.

Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives,

Love is patient,

and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life,

love is kind

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her

it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud

to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.

Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.

Love is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs

For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.

"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.

But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.

The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash."

Therefore, as God's chosen people,

holy and dearly loved,

clothe yourselves with





and patience.

Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.

Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Gen. 1:26-27,
Gen. 2: 8, 21-22 ,
Gen. 2:24,
Prov 18:22
Pr 12:4,
Eph 5:7,
1 Corinthians 13:3-7,
Colossians 3:12-14


Sniz said...

this is SWEET! This is the kind of thing I love to read...and our church does too! How was the surgery? I took Izzi to the children's choir that was in the Beam tonight. Wow. That was an experience.

shay said...

This is lovely.
I was watching a video the other day with a friend and they read this passage. The vid was called "Return of the Daughters". Pretty contrary to what our culture thinks and very thought provoking...(just in case you're interested...)

Sarah said...

God's word is beautiful and ou did a wonderful job putting it together. I love it. Wish I knew someone who was getting married.

Glad to hear that your surgery went well.

hannahjoy said...

Thank you for this... my future husband and I will have a married couple who are friends of ours read this at our wedding. The first time I read it, I knew it was perfect for our ceremony.