I confess that I did not wake up early this morning to watch the royal wedding. Nevertheless, I was curious to learn what Bible passages were quoted in the course of the ceremony. Although the recitation of Scripture at weddings and other ceremonies can be rote, as a Christian I nevertheless love to hear the Bible read at public events. And as a member of the Bible Gateway team, I’m doubly curious because Bible Gateway often sees a traffic spike to Bible verses that are mentioned at major events (like the Superbowl).
The wedding featured a lengthy Scripture reading by the bride’s brother. (Watch a video of the Scripture reading.)
The passage Middleton read is actually two sections from the same chapter in Romans: Romans 12:1-2,9-18, using the Revised Standard Version of the Bible. It’s a commonly cited passage for obvious reasons: it’s a powerful and moving exhortation to live lives characterized by love.
Here’s the full passage read at the wedding:
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. (Romans 12:1-2,9-18 ESV)