All Souls Day is a day to remember the dead and offer condolences to their families. Scripture readings help people connect with the dead and learn from their experiences. This year, we will look at readings from the book of Isaiah.
All Souls Day Scripture
Truly my soul finds rest in God;Psalm 62:1
my salvation comes from him.
Why, my soul, are you downcast?Psalm 42:11
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.Matthew 10:28
Praise the Lord, my soul;Psalm 103:1
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
This is what the Lord says:Jeremiah 6:16
“Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls.
But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’”
The law of the Lord is perfect,Psalm 19:7
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you: to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to keep his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.Joshua 22:5
My lips will shout for joyPsalm 71:23
when I sing praise to you—
I whom you have delivered.
Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’Matthew 22:37
Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.3 John 1:2
For you created my inmost being;Psalm 139:13-14
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.Jeremiah 29:13
You, God, are my God,Psalm 63:1
earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
where there is no water.
But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.Deuteronomy 4:29
What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?Matthew 16:26
Gracious words are a honeycomb,Proverbs 16:24
sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,Proverbs 16:24
and in his word I put my hope.
Save me, Lord,Psalm 120:2
from lying lips
and from deceitful tongues.
This article provides readings from the New Testament that focus on All Souls’ day. This day is observed to mourn the death of Jesus and to express condolences to the dead. Various images help us understand these readings and what they suggest about our own mortality.