20 Bible Quotes for Your Farewell or Goodbye Card
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.
Bible Verses for General Goodbye Messages
- "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
Prayers for Someone Moving 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.'" —Psalms 32:8
- "The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade." —Psalm 121:5
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
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 57
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 31
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 29
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 24
What do I say to the leader leaving the ministry?
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.
© 2017 Dora Weithers