20 Bible Quotes for Your Farewell Card
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.
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you. (Deuteronomy 33:27)
- Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. (Proverbs 4: 25)
- 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)
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)
- 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).
Leaving for Work or Study
- 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)
- To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life—this is indeed a gift from God. (Ecclesiastes 5:19)
- 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)
- The Lord . . . will send his angel with you and will make your mission successful. (Genesis 24:40)
- 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)
- 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)
- Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor him in your youth. (Ecclesiastes 12:1)
- For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up with their hands. (Psalm 91: 11, 12)
- 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)
- The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade. (Psalm 121:5)
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)
"May God go with you, give you strength equal to your task, bless you with success and grant you a safe return home."Helpful 46
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)Helpful 26
What Bible verse should I use in a farewell card to a fellow parishioner?
Sir/Ma'am: You are welcome to use any of the verses listed in the article. Select one that fits the purpose for the farewell: retirement, work, study? Also, choose one appropriate for his or her age.Helpful 3
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)"Helpful 20
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).Helpful 18
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