A ceremony by which a man and a woman enter into matrimony. The term itself occurs only once in the OT (Song 3:1) and rarely in the NT (Matt 9:15; Mark 2:19; Luke 5:34; Matt 22:8-12). The nuptial celebrations consisted of a procession from the house of the bride to the bridegroom’s home (Matt 25:6; the latter may have been symbolized by a tent). Both parties were beautifully dressed and ornamented (Isa 49:18; Jer 2:32; Ps 45:14-15), and the bride wore a veil (Song 6:7), which she took off only in the nuptial chamber, a custom that may make intelligible Leah’s mistaken identity in (Gen 29:21-25). The NT uses weddings and wedding feasts as symbols for the joy of God’s kingdom (Matt 22:1-14; Luke 14:16-24). Similarly, in (Matt 9:14) Jesus says that joy and feasting like that of a wedding are more appropriate responses than fasting to the current manifestation of God’s presence among his disciples. A similar affirmation of joy in community is present in the account of Jesus’s first manifestation of his divine power, at the wedding feast in Cana (John 2:1-11). Finally, in (Rev 19:6-21), the heavenly banquet is described metaphorically as the “marriage supper of the Lamb” (v. 9).
1Upon my bed at night
I sought him whom my soul loves;
I sought him, but found him not;
I called him, but he gave no answer.
15And Jesus said to them, “The wedding guests cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken awa ... View more
19Jesus said to them, “The wedding guests cannot fast while the bridegroom is with them, can they? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fa ... View more
34Jesus said to them, “You cannot make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them, can you?
8Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy.9Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the w ... View more
6But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’
18Lift up your eyes all around and see;
they all gather, they come to you.
As I live, says the Lord,
you shall put all of them on like an ornament,
and like a b ... View more
32Can a girl forget her ornaments,
or a bride her attire?
Yet my people have forgotten me,
days without number.
14in many-colored robes she is led to the king;
behind her the virgins, her companions, follow.15With joy and gladness they are led along
as they enter the pala ... View more
7Your cheeks are like halves of a pomegranate
behind your veil.
21Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife that I may go in to her, for my time is completed.”22So Laban gathered together all the people of the place, and ma ... View more
The Parable of the Wedding Banquet
1Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying:2“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banqu ... View more
16Then Jesus said to him, “Someone gave a great dinner and invited many.17At the time for the dinner he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, ‘Co ... View more
The Question about Fasting
14Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?”
The Wedding at Cana
1On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.2Jesus and his disciples had also been invited t ... View more
6Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty thunderpeals, crying out,
“Hallelujah ... View more