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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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Ceramic Art Cremation Urns

Urns Northwest is proud to introduce a new line of ceramic cremation urns featuring a variety of artistic pottery urns. These ceramic urns each are made with an exotic wood lid, unique artwork using a tattoo gun, and finished with the finest glazes.

These unique ceramic cremation urns are hand thrown on the potters wheel, and can easily be customized. Already affordably priced at $379.00, view our entire selection of pottery urns here and take advantage of an additional 7% off with our winter sale!
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Mahogany Cremation Urns | Engraved Cremation Urns

Laser Engraved Mahogany Cremation Urns.

mahogany dolphin cremation urn  rose burial cremation urn  Desert Mahogany Cremation Urn

These solid mahogany cremation urns are richly engraved with beautiful scenes. Urns made in the USA from real mahogany and engraved with laser to give depth and character. Honor an ocean lover with the Dolphin Mahogany Cremation Urn, a lovingly-remember mother with the Rose Mahogany Cremation Urn, or the ten-gallon-hat-wearing rancher with the Desert Mahogany Cremation Urn.

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Memorial Keepsake Boxes

Walnut Wood Keepsake Box

Keepsake boxes are the perfect memorial to your loved one if you’ve decided on interment, scattering, or placement in a mausoleum or niche. We offer a line of gorgeous walnut wood memorial keepsake boxes, which are memory chests ideal for holding a small collection of special keepsakes. These boxes are ideal for a memorial gift for family members, and tthey can be customized with name plates or laser engraving for a lasting tribute to a loved one.

Photo Memorial Keepsake Box

Our custom memorial keepsake boxes are beautifully constructed in the USA. Features include:

  • A glass lid which can hold a 5×7 photo or card or can be left empty to view to contents inside
  • A nameplate which can be customized with name and dates or a special comments
  • The interior and underside of the keepsake box is lined with premium black felt
  • Hinged lid opening revealing 2″ deep keepsake area
  • Premium walnut wood with clear, natural finish

This beautiful item and many more memory chests and cremation urn combos in our keepsake category.

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See one of these boxes in detail in the video below:

Here are a few additional angles of this walnut wood memorial:

Front of wooden keepsake box Hinged Lid Detail Rear detail for keepsake box Memorial Keepsake Boxes

This Memorial Keepsake Box is available here.

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Marble Cremation Urn | Michelangelo’s Hand of God

This one-of-a-kind marble cremation urn is made from either black, white, or green marble and features the famous Hand of God scene from Michelangelo’s Sistene Chapel paintings. The marble urn is a durable and beautiful way to memorialize your loved one.

Hand of God Marble Cremation Urn
Hand of God Black Marble Urn
Hand of God Marble Cremation Urn
Hand of God Green Marble Urn
Hand of God Marble Cremation Urn
Hand of God White Marble Urn

Hand of God Marble Cremation Urn – $499.00

Choose the marble color (black, white, or green), Hand of God plaque finish (bronze or pewter), and plaque with name and dates (additional $40.00). Readers of this blog post may use the following coupon code for $60.00 off the listed price:

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Cremation urn coupon code valid until 12/31/2010. Free ground shipping with all urn purchases over $130.00 at UrnsNW.com. 

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Photo Cremation Urn | Engraved Photo Urns

Photo Cremation Urns

Update – 12/14/2015: We’ve expanded and updated the information in this brief article into a really helpful guide to engraved photo urns. You can see this new info here: How to get a photo engraved onto a cremation urn.

Laser-engraving a photo onto the wood of a beautiful cremation urn will make a stunning tribute to your loved one. We are proud to offer several varieties of engraved photo urns for your consideration.

Engrave a photo onto a cremation urn

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The Vision Engraved Photo Cremation Urn is a masterpiece of technology and craftmanship. Made from solid walnut with a maple insert upon which the photograph and personalized name and dates are laser-engraved, this unique cremation urn is a wonderful memorial to your loved one.

How to get a photo engraved onto a cremation urn

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Our Photo Engraved Cremation Urn is another marvellous work of art. Made from solid maple, this photo urn is available in an upright vertical design, as shown, or in a shorter and wider horizontal shape. Choose your design based on the shape or desired placement of the photograph. Personalized text engraving is included on this urn.

In addition to these engraved wood urns, we also offer a variety of cremation urns that hold an actual photograph in a picture frame built into the urn; see here.

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Urn Customization | Urn Personalization

At Urns Northwest, we offer several ways you can customize the cremation urn of your choice.

First, nearly all of our wood urns can be customized with personalized laser engraving, for information such as name (or names, for our companion urns), dates, quotes, Bible verses, a line or two from a poem, and personal inscriptions:

Laser Engraving for Cremation Urns

Second, most of our hardwood funeral urns are available in a variety of wood types or wood finish, including oak, walnut, cherry, natural cherry, maple, white maple, rosewood, and others. 
Wood Type for Cremation Urns

Third, we offer many cremation urn appliques which affix to a flat surface on the urn. These beautiful and varied appliques are sold and shipped separately, so you can even purchase one for an urn you already own!

Gold Cross Urn Decor 
We are always ready to assist you via phone or email with any and all questions about our cremation urns and our urn customization.
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Unique Urns for Interesting Individuals | The Regular (#3)

If your loved one was always 15 minutes early, with clock set ahead 3 minutes, liked the daily routine of coffee, paper, breakfast, lunchbox and out the door at 7:39, and always knew if it was a leap year, a beautiful and fitting way to honor their life is through a gorgeous, stately and attractive Clock Urn from Urns Northwest.

Autumn Leaves Clock Urn
$349.00
 
Ambassador Clock Urn - Walnut with Rustic Scene
$389.00
 
Astoria Clock Urn - Oak with Hummingbird
$389.00
 
Castlewood Clock Cremation Urn - Rosewood
$399.00
 
These and many more clock cremation urns are available at UrnsNW.com. These usually take about 3 business days to produce, so please contact us if you need rush shipping. Regular ground shipping is free on these gorgeous cremation urn clocks. Use the following coupon code for $15.00 off the purchase of any clock urn through 12/15/2010:
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Trucker Cremation Urn | Unique Cremation Urn

If you’re looking for the perfect cremation urn for a truck driver, our newest addition to the Urns Northwest product line may be the perfect memorial for your loved one.

Trucker Riding Home Cremation Urn

The Trucker Cremation Urn features an incredibly detailed semi-truck driving through the countryside, passing an idyllic farmhouse on an old country road, with the moon setting in the distance. A beautiful and fitting memorial for your big-rig driving loved one.

If this is the perfect cremation urn for your loved one, enter the following coupon code at checkout when purchasing the Trucker Riding Home Cremation Urn for $15.00 off our already-low-price of $365.00:

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Coupon code for cremation urn is valid until 12/1/2010. We offer free shipping on all orders over $130.00.