At most weddings, scripture is read. Familiar wedding passages are I Corinthians 13:4-8 (love never fails); Ruth 1:16-17 (where you go I will go); Genesis 2:18-24 (that is why a man leaves his father and mother); Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (two are better than one); Song of Songs 2:10-13, 16, 8:6 (arise, come, my darling; my beloved is mine and I am his; place me like a seal over your heart); Ephesians 4:1-3 (bearing with one another in love); Colossians 3:14-17 (over all these virtues put on love); and Romans 12:9-18 (devoted to one another in love). And, of course, there are others.
There is a passage of scripture in Jeremiah 33 (NIV), which isn’t often read at weddings. Yet its beauty and power fit perfectly, at least to me, with such a momentous occasion.
In Jeremiah 33, the restoration of Judah and Israel is prophesied. After years of destruction and captivity, Jeremiah says that God will bring healing, peace, and forgiveness to His people. There will be joy, prosperity, and thanksgiving. These words describe the atmosphere we like to associate with weddings.
Portions of Jeremiah 33:10-11 can be read as scripture for weddings today: “This is what the Lord says…there will be heard once more the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, and the voices of those who bring thank offerings to the house of the Lord, saying, ‘Give thanks to the Lord Almighty, for the Lord is good; his love endures forever.'”
Wedding scripture should be personal to the bride and groom and the families being united. That’s why, instead of picking a scripture that has been read many times at weddings, searching for a scripture that is right for your occasion is important. You may decide on wonderful scripture used by others, but the search is worth taking a little extra time.