Suggested Scripture for a Protestant Funeral
All readings taken from the King James Version of the Bible.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.2
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.3
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.4
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.5
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.6
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.2
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.3
Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.4
For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.5
Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.6
In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.10
The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.16
Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children.17
And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.
The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.10
10. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.11
For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.12
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.13
Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.14
For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.15
As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.16
For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.17
But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;18
To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.2
My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.3
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.4
Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.5
The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.6
The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.7
The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.8
The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.2
In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.3
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.4
And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.6
...I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.7
If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.27
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.28
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.35
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?37
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.38
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,39
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.21
For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.50
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.53
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.54
So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.55
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?57
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.58
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;9
Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;10
Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.14
Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.16
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.17
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;18
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.14
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.18
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?14
And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.15
Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.16
They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.17
For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.2
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.3
And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.4
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:4
And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.5
And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.