20 Bible Quotes for Your Farewell or Goodbye Card - Holidappy - Celebrations
Updated date:

20 Bible Quotes for Your Farewell or Goodbye Card

Ms. Dora, a former teacher and Christian counselor, is an avid Bible student and loves to compile user-friendly Bible quotes by topic.

If you're having trouble deciding what to write in a goodbye card, why not consider using an inspirational verse from the Bible?

If you're having trouble deciding what to write in a goodbye card, why not consider using an inspirational verse from the Bible?

Do you need help writing an impressive farewell message for a boss, family member, friend, or coworker? Ideally, your words should be meaningful so the recipient will remember them fondly for a long time.

The following quotes are often overlooked because the Bible is not usually consulted as source material for farewell messages. I think these lines from the New Living Translation express sentiments that are perfect to share with a loved one who is relocating permanently or leaving temporarily for work or study. They’re short, sweet, and spiritually uplifting—perfect for adding a sense of inspiration to your goodbye message. Also included at the end of this article is a bonus farewell quote for your consideration.

Including a Bible verse in your farewell message is a great way to inspire the recipient and wish them well in their travels.

Including a Bible verse in your farewell message is a great way to inspire the recipient and wish them well in their travels.

Bible Verses for General Goodbye Messages

  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
Someone who is setting out on a new chapter in their work, life, or education may be nervous. A comforting Bible quote can help them remain steadfast in their pursuits.

Someone who is setting out on a new chapter in their work, life, or education may be nervous. A comforting Bible quote can help them remain steadfast in their pursuits.

Prayers for Someone Moving 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.'" —Psalms 32:8
  10. "The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade." —Psalm 121:5
When wishing someone farewell, reassurance and inspiration are two great sentiments to consider expressing.

When wishing someone farewell, reassurance and inspiration are two great sentiments to consider expressing.

An Additional Quote for Your Consideration

"May the Lord watch between you and me when we are absent one from another." —Genesis 31:49

I've listed this quote separately because its context doesn't necessarily match the mood of a typical farewell card. This line is from Laban’s speech and is addressed to his son-in-law, Jacob. It is one of the most popular farewell lines used by those who like to quote the Bible because it can easily be interpreted as caring, thoughtful, and topical when used in a goodbye card.

It was, however, spoken in anger—not in love—by a furious 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 farewell line when used outside of its original context to express a spirit of love and concern, but I thought my readers should be aware of its origin before choosing to include it in a message to a loved one.

Questions & Answers

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

Answer: 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)"

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

Answer: 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)

Question: What bible verse can I use when resigning from a job?

Answer: When individuals leave their job, and especially if they do it voluntarily, the mood is likely to be one of gratitude for the opportunity they had to serve.

They may want to leave a blessing on the establishment: "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)

Or they may simply want to express thanks: "Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy." (Philippians 1: 3, 4)

Or they may want to predict prosperity:

“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit. (Jeremiah 17: 7, 8)

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

Answer: 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).

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

Answer: 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."

Question: What should I say to my niece who is going to a foreign country for a school mission trip?

Answer: My favorite for someone going on a mission trip is: "The Lord . . . will send his angel with you and will make your mission successful." (Genesis 24:40)

Question: What Bible verse should I use in a farewell card to a fellow parishioner?

Answer: 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.

Question: What bible verse may be used in a card to someone you love?

Answer: The following verses seem appropriate to send in a card to someone you love:

"Don’t ask me to leave you . . . Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. Ruth 1:16 (NLT)

Man to woman: "Like a lily among thistles is my darling among young women." (Song of Solomon 2:2)

Woman to man: "Like the finest apple tree in the orchard is my lover among other young men." (Song of Solomon 2: 3)

Question: What do I say to a priest who is relocating to another parish?

Answer: For a priest I would select one of the following, but you are free to choose anyone of the ten listed in the article:

The Lord . . . will send his angel with you and will make your mission successful. (Genesis 24:40)

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)

Question: What do I say to the leader leaving the ministry?

Answer: It seems to me that any verse in the "General Farewell" section of this article is appropriate for a church leader who is retiring or leaving for another post of duty. Unless you think that there are others which fit more specifically, Number 1 or 8 would be my pick. Best to your minister and to you.

Question: What do I say to a woman whose husband is deployed ?

Answer: Tell her that you are willing to spend some time with her occasionally to keep her company while her husband is away. You can also write notes to her wishing her peace of mind: For example: "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)

It is also okay for you to ask her for her husband's address and send him a card with one of these quotes. A good one is: "The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade." (Psalm 121:5)

Question: Which bible quotes can I share with a person who is trying to conceive a baby?

Answer: If you mean what Scripture verse you can share with the person who is trying to conceive, I suggest Genesis 49:25. In the New Living Translation, it reads:

"May the Almighty bless you

with the blessings of the heavens above . . .

and blessings of the breasts and womb."

Question: What verse can I use in saying goodbye to my classmates?

Answer: There are different reasons for saying goodbye to a classmate. Decide on what specific goodbye message you want to give. Choose the verse that best matches what you want to say. Here a few samples:

"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.'" —Psalms 32:8

© 2017 Dora Weithers

Comments

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 06, 2019:

SBB, the quotes are from the New Living Translation. The language is more relatable.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 06, 2019:

M, you're welcome.

SBB on November 06, 2019:

Which version of Bible you used here

Quotes are really nice

M on August 04, 2018:

Thank you

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 22, 2018:

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

Emmanuel Ransford Quaicoe on July 22, 2018:

I'm being inspired after reading these quotes

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 27, 2018:

Shonna, thanks for your kind gesture.

Inpursuitto on March 27, 2018:

Amen

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 17, 2017:

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.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on October 17, 2017:

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.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 17, 2017:

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

BBYCGN from Uninhabited Regions on October 16, 2017:

Dora,

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.

Hugs,

Tamara

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 29, 2017:

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

Shaloo Walia from India on September 29, 2017:

lovely quotes!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 15, 2017:

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

Dianna Mendez on September 15, 2017:

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.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 15, 2017:

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

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on September 15, 2017:

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.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 10, 2017:

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

DDE on September 09, 2017:

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

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 07, 2017:

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.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 07, 2017:

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

Lori Colbo from Pacific Northwest on September 06, 2017:

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.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 06, 2017:

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.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 05, 2017:

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

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on September 05, 2017:

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

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 05, 2017:

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.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 05, 2017:

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

jgshorebird on September 05, 2017:

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

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 05, 2017:

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

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 05, 2017:

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.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 05, 2017:

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

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 05, 2017:

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.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 05, 2017:

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

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 05, 2017:

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

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on September 05, 2017:

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

Tamara Moore on September 05, 2017:

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!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 05, 2017:

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.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 05, 2017:

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.

Jill Spencer from United States on September 05, 2017:

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