20 Bible Quotes for Your Farewell Card

Updated on February 2, 2019
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MsDora, former teacher and Christian counselor, is an avid Bible student and loves to compile user-friendly Bible quotes by topic.

Have you ever needed help to speak or write an impressive farewell message? Certainly, you want the words to be meaningful and you hope that the one to whom they are addressed will remember them for a long time.

The following quotes may be overlooked because the Bible is not usually consulted as a significant source of farewell messages. Still, judge for yourself whether these lines from the New Living Translation express sentiments you will like to share with a loved one who is relocating permanently, or leaving temporarily for work or study.

They’re short, sweet and spiritually uplifting; and suitable for one person or a group. There is a bonus farewell quote at the end for your consideration.

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General Farewell

  1. The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace (Numbers 6: 24-26 NKJV)
  2. Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all. (2 Thessalonians 3:16)
  3. I will certainly not sin against the Lord by ending my prayers for you. . . But be sure to fear the Lord and faithfully serve him. (1 Samuel 12: 23, 24)
  4. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (2 Corinthians 13: 14)
  5. This I declare about the Lord . . . For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. (Psalm 91: 2-4)
  6. The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you. (Deuteronomy 33:27)
  7. Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. (Proverbs 4: 25)
  8. Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful. (1 Thessalonians 5: 23, 24)
  9. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6)

  10. If God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. (Matthew 6: 30).

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Leaving for Work or Study

  1. Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (Proverbs 3: 5, 6)
  2. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life—this is indeed a gift from God. (Ecclesiastes 5:19)
  3. Wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy. Wise choices will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe. (Proverbs 2:10)
  4. The Lord . . . will send his angel with you and will make your mission successful. (Genesis 24:40)
  5. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you. (Deuteronomy 31:8)
  6. Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don’t get sidetracked. (Proverbs 4: 25-27)
  7. Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor him in your youth. (Ecclesiastes 12:1)
  8. For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up with their hands. (Psalm 91: 11, 12)
  9. The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. (Psalm 32:8)
  10. The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade. (Psalm 121:5)

For Consideration

May the LORD watch between you and me when we are absent one from another. (Genesis 31:49)

This line from Laban’s speech addressed to his father-in-law Jacob is one of the most popular farewell lines used by those who like to quote the Bible. It can easily be interpreted as showing genuine concern. However, it was spoken in anger, not in love, by an angry Laban who had been deceived by Jacob. The Geneva Bible Study proposes that Laban was in fact asking God to watch for opportunities to punish Jacob for the wrongs he had done.

For me, it is a good line with disregard for the context, and if it is expressed in a spirit of love and concern. Just thought the reader should know its origin.

Questions & Answers

  • What do I say to a boss who is relocating temporarily to handle a larger role and assignment?

    I think that some of the Bible verses already quoted are appropriate for your boss. For example,

    "Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you." (Deuteronomy 31:8)

    And here's another:

    "Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ." (Colossians 3: 23, 24)

    Or simply:

    "May God go with you, give you strength equal to your task, bless you with success and grant you a safe return home."

  • What Bible verse should I use in a farewell card for my youth minister?

    Anyone of the ten verses in the section titled "Leaving for Work or Study" will be appropriate for your youth minister. My favorite is Number 4: "The Lord . . . will send his angel with you and will make your mission successful. (Genesis 24:40)"

  • What do I say to someone who lost his or her father?

    Face to face, express sorrow at the loss of his or her dad, and offer to help do something that will lessen the discomfort, e.g., drive the individual, or bring over some lunch. Initially, the brain of the grieving person does not accommodate too many words.

    On the card, add a verse from my article "40 Bible Quotes for the Death . . ."

    Example: Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong (Ephesians 3: 17).

    Example: For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died (1 Thessalonians 4: 14).

    Example: Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. (Philippians 4: 6. 7).

  • Which verse can we use in a presentation to a church elder who is leaving?

    It seems to me that any verse in the "General Farewell" section of this article is appropriate for a church elder. Unless you think that there are others which fit more specifically, Number 1 or 8 would be my pick.

    Celebrate your elder, keeping in mind 1 Timothy 5:17 "Elders who do their work well should be respected and paid well, especially those who work hard at both preaching and teaching." (New Living Translation)

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      11 months ago

      Thank you

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      Dora Weithers 

      12 months ago from The Caribbean

      Emmanuel, thanks for your feedback. I'm encouraged.

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      Emmanuel Ransford Quaicoe 

      12 months ago

      I'm being inspired after reading these quotes

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      Dora Weithers 

      15 months ago from The Caribbean

      Shonna, thanks for your kind gesture.

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      15 months ago from Sacramento


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      Dora Weithers 

      21 months ago from The Caribbean

      Peg, thanks for your feedback. Glad you like these quotes. True, the quote you gave can have a similar meaning to the last one I mentioned.

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      Peg Cole 

      21 months ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Interesting and valuable to find out that last quote was actually spoken in anger. Seems like it might be similar to the quote, "heap burning coals on his head."

      These farewell quotes were great passages to keep in mind.

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      Dora Weithers 

      21 months ago from The Caribbean

      Tamara thanks for your kind thoughts. I'm following!

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      Yancosky - Jankowska 

      21 months ago from Uninhabited Regions


      I love your posts filled with such grace and hope!

      I have a brand new account, but still have all of my treasured comments from everyone, in my email box, for safe keeping. I have been experimenting with new writing styles.

      I knew that I would want to find you, and follow you on my new account because your writings always make me feel hopeful, glad, and reassured.



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      Dora Weithers 

      21 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Shaloo. Great to have something nice to say when someone is leaving.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      21 months ago from India

      lovely quotes!

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      Dora Weithers 

      22 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Dianna. So may powerful quotes in the Bible for every occasion. We're blessed to have them.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      22 months ago

      I see some of my favorite verses listed here. This is a great resource for those times when you need to have a "Word" for someone. God bless you, Dora.

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      Dora Weithers 

      22 months ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, I understand busy. I appreciate your time to read and comment whenever you do.

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      William Kovacic 

      22 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Hi, Dora. The last couple of weeks have been terribly busy, so as I often do, I'm playing catch up. Your wisdom and thoroughness show in the selection of verses you chose. Thanks for sharing.

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      Dora Weithers 

      22 months ago from The Caribbean

      DDE, happy that you are encouraged by Bible verses. They truly are a source of strength for me.

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      22 months ago

      A well-deserved hub for all interested. Bible verses are encouraging and leaves one confident and with free spirit.

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      Dora Weithers 

      22 months ago from The Caribbean

      Alicia, thanks for your encouragement. I love to study the Bible and I love making its lessons practical. I research as I go. Glad you appreciate my efforts.

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      Dora Weithers 

      22 months ago from The Caribbean

      True, Lori. I have quoted Laban very often, and I still will, but it's good to know the context. Thanks for your comment.

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      Lori Colbo 

      22 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Loved these. Many of them are doxologies. Interesting about the quote of Laban's being in anger. I think sometimes we forget to look into context. This is a very helpful and beautiful hub.

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      Linda Crampton 

      22 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Once again, you've created a list of quotes that will be appreciated by many people, Dora. As I've said before, your knowledge of the Bible is impressive! I love your desire to help others, too.

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      Dora Weithers 

      22 months ago from The Caribbean

      Jackie, I love reading, studying and compiling Scripture verses. Thanks for your encouragement.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      22 months ago from The Beautiful South

      There is nothing more beautiful than those scriptures put there for us Dora and you shine bringing them out to us.

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      Dora Weithers 

      22 months ago from The Caribbean

      JG, thanks for your concern. The national curfew is already in effect and we expect the hit later this evening. Let's pray for each other's safety.

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      Dora Weithers 

      22 months ago from The Caribbean

      Flourish, it seems that many of my readers like these quotes, and I am just as happy compiling them. Thanks for your encouragement.

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      22 months ago

      Hope all is well there. I request a check in after Irma passes. Hope she does not turn toward Central Florida.

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      22 months ago from USA

      You are a wonderful resource for religious quotes for all occasions. This was no exception.

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      Dora Weithers 

      22 months ago from The Caribbean

      Jill, there are even more quotes where these came from. Be my guest and ease the difficulty with one of more of these lines. Thanks for your feedback.

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      Dora Weithers 

      22 months ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, that's a great habit. Thank you for sharing. It's healthy and energizing to keep looking forward.

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      Dora Weithers 

      22 months ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, there's nothing selfish about you. You're an Apostle of Love. Whatever you do will only add to your already loving actions. Thanks for your encouraging response.

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      Dora Weithers 

      22 months ago from The Caribbean

      Tamar, I'm glad you feel that way. Thanks for supporting me through your reading and commenting.

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      Dora Weithers 

      22 months ago from The Caribbean

      Sean, thanks for reminding me of this quote which is also appropriate for a farewell line. I appreciate you.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      22 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      Thank you so much, Dora. Another uplifting article!

      “And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

      ― Anonymous, Holy Bible: King James Version

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      Tamara Moore 

      22 months ago

      Beautiful, Dora! I love how I can always refer back to your posts for Bible Verses on specific feelings, emotions, and subjects, and inspiration. It's truly like inhaling sweet, and cool fresh air to read your posts.

      Thank you so much!

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      Eric Dierker 

      22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      These are wonderful. Perhaps my home can do one each morning as we split up for the day. I am going to forward this to my bride.

      I will have to give this some thought. For as I think of it I always just say "I love you" and leave it at that. Perhaps that is selfish.

      Thank you much.

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      Bill Holland 

      22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I know this sounds strange, but I prefer not to speak in farewells. Even if a person is leaving this world, I choose to say "I will see you soon." :) But this is a lovely collection of farewell versus.

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      Jill Spencer 

      22 months ago from United States

      This is a handy hub! Sometimes it's hard to know what to write. Thank you!


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