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Want to know what the Bible says about praying to the dead? Here are 9 Bible verses about praying to the dead from the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible, New International Version (NIV), sorted from the most relevant to the least relevant.

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Isaiah 8:19 NIV
When someone tells you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?
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1 Timothy 2:5 NIV
For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,
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Ecclesiastes 9:5-6 NIV
5 For the living know that they will die,
    but the dead know nothing;
they have no further reward,
    and even their name is forgotten.
6 Their love, their hate
    and their jealousy have long since vanished;
never again will they have a part
    in anything that happens under the sun.
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John 14:6 NIV
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
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Leviticus 19:31 NIV
“‘Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.
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Deuteronomy 18:11 NIV
or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.
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1 Chronicles 10:13 NIV
Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord; he did not keep the word of the Lord and even consulted a medium for guidance,
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1 Timothy 2:5-6 NIV
5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.
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Revelation 5:8 NIV
And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.
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