What Does The Bible Say About The Dead?
Quotes are from the RSV Catholic Edition or the Douay-Rheims
Psalms 87:12 – Shall any one in the sepulchre declare thy mercy: and thy truth in destruction?
Psalms 113:25 – The dead shall not praise thee, O Lord: nor any of them that go down to hell.
Ecclesiastes 9:5-6 – For the living know that they shall die, but the dead know nothing more, neither have they a reward any more: for the memory of them is forgotten. Their love also, and their hatred, and their envy are all perished, neither have they any part in this world, and in the work that is done under the sun.
Ecclesiasticus 22:10-11 – Weep for the dead, for his light hath failed: and weep for the fool, for his understanding faileth. Weep but a little for the dead, for he is at rest.
Ecclesiasticus 38:16-18 – My son, shed tears over the dead, and begin to lament as if thou hadst suffered some great harm, and according to judgment cover his body, and neglect not his burial. And for fear of being ill spoken of weep bitterly for a, day, and then comfort thyself in thy sadness. And make mourning for him according to his merit for a day, or two, for fear of detraction.
Ecclesiasticus 38:24 – When the dead is at rest, let his remembrance rest, and comfort him in the departing of his spirit.
Ecclesiasticus 41:7 – For among the dead there is no accusing of life.
Baruch 2:17 – Open thy eyes, and behold: for the dead that are in hell, whose spirit is taken away from their bowels, shall not give glory and justice to the Lord:
1 Thessalonians 4:12-13, 17 – so that you may command the respect of outsiders, and be dependent on nobody. But we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. […] then we who are alive, who are left, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so we shall always be with the Lord.
Hebrews 12:1 – Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us