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In Loving Memory Bible Verses for Epitaph

Epitaph Bible Verses

Choosing a select few word to represent and memorialize the life of a loved one is a daunting task. When putting an inscription on an urn, or an epitaph on a headstone, the important features to look for in a quote are significance, brevity, and relevance.

If you would like to honor the faith of a loved one by inscribing a Scripture verse on the urn or headstone, the significance of the quotation is already inherent. After all, the Bible is the Word of God, and what could be more significant than the very breath of God?

As for brevity, below we have gathered a selection of brief and fitting Scripture verses for an epitaph. These verses are listed in the English Standard Version of the Bible, with links to the traditional King James Version (KJV, which uses words like “thee” and “thou” and verbs that endeth in “-eth”) as well as the popular and contemporary New Living Translation (NLT). These Bible verses will fit on most cremation urns and memorial headstones in a readable font size. If the verse sounds familiar but not quite the way you remember it, it may be that you have heard the verse before in the King James Version or some other translation.

The last feature that should be considered for a epitaph inscription is relevance to the individual’s life and faith. Only you and those closest to the deceased can determine this, so peruse these Scriptures with an eye toward the verse’s relevance to your loved one.

Epitaph Scriptures are listed below in the order that they appear in the Bible.

Epitaph Bible Verses

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
Deuteronomy 6:4
(KVJ, NLT)

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Psalm 23:1
(KJV, NLT)

I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Psalm 23:6
(KJV, NLT)

Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust.
Psalm 40:4
(KJV, NLT)

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
– Psalm 46:1
(KJV, NLT)

Be still, and know that I am God.
– Psalm 46:10
(KJV, NLT)

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
– Psalm 91:1
(KJV, NLT)

The Lord is near to all who call on him.
– Psalm 145:18
(KJV, NLT)

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end.
Lamentations 3:22
(KJV, NLT)

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Matthew 5:8
(KJV, NLT)

…the one who endures to the end will be saved.
Matthew 10:22
(KJV, NLT)

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28
(KJV, NLT)

Well done, good and faithful servant.
Matthew 25:21
(KJV, NLT)

Well done, good and faithful servant… Enter into the joy of your master.
Matthew 25:21
(KJV, NLT)

Not my will, but yours, be done
Luke 22:42
(KJV, NLT)

Whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
John 3:15
(KJV, NLT)

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16
(KJV, NLT)

Whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life.
John 5:24
(KJV, NLT)

He…has passed from death to life.
John 5:24
(KJV, NLT)

You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
John 8:32
(KJV, NLT)

I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
John 10:10
(KJV, NLT)

I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.
John 11:25
(KJV, NLT)

I am the way, and the truth, and the life.
John 14:6
(KJV, NLT)

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
John 15:13
(KJV, NLT)

Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.
Acts 16:31
(KJV, NLT)

God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8
(KJV, NLT)

We know that for those who love God all things work together for good.
Romans 8:28
(KJV, NLT)

Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
Romans 10:13
(KJV, NLT)

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.
II Corinthians 5:17
(KJV, NLT)

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.
Galatians 2:20
(KJV, NLT)

For by grace you have been saved through faith.
Ephesians 2:8
(KJV, NLT)

To live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Philippians 1:21
(KJV, NLT)

Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1
(KJV, NLT)

God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
I John 4:16
(KJV, NLT)

God is love.
I John 4:16
(KJV, NLT)

Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.
Revelation 2:10
(KJV, NLT)



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Bible Verses for Memorial Service

Choosing an appropriate Scripture verse for a memorial service is a poignant way to honor the faith of a loved one and provide comfort for those who remain. Here is a selection of Bible verses for funeral services in the English Standard Version (ESV), with links for each verse in the traditional King James Version (KJV) and also the more modernized New Living Translation (NLT).

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
– Psalm 91:1-2
(KJV, NLT)

The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
he also hears their cry and saves them.
Psalm 145:18-19
(KJV, NLT)

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
– Psalm 23
(KJV, NLT)

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
– II Corinthians 4:16-18
(KJV, NLT)

It is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.
– Philippians 1:20-23
(KJV, NLT)

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