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50 Most Important Bible Verses to Memorize

Last week I wrote a post complaining that we are "dumbing down" church and school, and don't require kids to learn mastery of anything anymore. I asked what we could do about it.

And I decided maybe it was time I did something, rather than just complain. And so I've put together this list of the 50 verses I think are most important to memorize. I know many families want to memorize verses together, but they don't know where to start. Here you go. One a week for a year. Even if this is all you ever memorize, you will have God's word in your heart for the most important verses, I think, in the Bible. I'm going to type the list with the verses first, and then at the end include a list of just the references, if you want those to just copy and paste.

Why not make little memory verse cards out of 3x5 cards, and keep them at the dinner table? Then every night you can go over this week's verse. By the end of the year, you'll have all of these memorized!

I chose these because they're a cross-section of doctrine, promises, and comfort. You may want to add others, or to substitute. Feel free. Consider this a starting point, not anything definitive. I hope you you find it useful! All verses are from the NIV.

God

Isaiah 9:6
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 40:28
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.

Genesis 1:1
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Salvation

John 3:16-17
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.

Romans 3:23
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Revelation 3:20
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.

John 14:6
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me.”

Ephesians 2:8,9
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

Assurance
Romans 8:28
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Isaiah 40:30-31
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Romans 8:38-39
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Matthew 11:28-30
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart ,and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Psalm 27:1
The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?

Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Hebrews 13:8
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

Lamentations 3:22-23
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

Christian Life

2 Corinthians 4:18
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Psalm 37:4,5
Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust in him and he will do this.

Proverbs 3:5,7
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

James 1:22
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

Colossians 3:23
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.

1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

James 4:7
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Luke 16:13
No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.

1 John 4:7,8
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Hebrews 12:1-2
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Acts 1:8
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

Romans 12:1-2
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Prayer
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Psalm 19:14
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Philippians 4:6,7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Scripture
2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness.

Psalm 119:105
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

Psalm 119:11
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

Confession/Temptation
Hebrews 4:16
Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out, so that you can stand up under it.

Mission
Micah 6:8
He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Matthew 25:40
The King will reply, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”

Matthew 28:19-20
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

Matthew 5:16
In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

Ephesians 6:12
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Bigger challenges:

If you want to memorize whole chapters, here are my top 5:

Isaiah 53
Psalm 23
1 Corinthians 13
John 15
Psalm 139

These chapters are all important; I have left them out of the top 50 verses because I couldn't choose just one or two verses from any of them. The whole thing is great. So if you're up for a family challenge, memorize all of one of them!

Look at it this way: if you spend one year memorizing the fifty verses, and the next year reviewing those fifty and memorizing a chapter, and then go back to those fifty verses again to make sure you have them down, and then the next year go back and do a different chapter, and so on, over the course of ten years you'll have 50 verses and 5 chapters so committed to memory there is no way anyone could ever forget it.

And I think knowing fewer verses, but knowing them inside and out, is sometimes more beneficial in the long run than trying to make yourself learn a verse a day or something.

So print this out and use it with your family!

Now, here are just the references if you want to copy and paste:

1. Isaiah 9:6
2. Isaiah 40:28
3. Genesis 1:1
4. John 3:16-17
5. Romans 3:23
6. Romans 6:23
7. Revelation 3:20
8. John 14:6
9. Ephesians 2:8,9
10. 2 Corinthians 5:17
11. Romans 8:28
12. Isaiah 40:30-31
13. Romans 8:38-39
14. Matthew 11:28-30
15. Psalm 27:1
16. Jeremiah 29:11
17. Hebrews 13:8
18. 2 Peter 3:9
19. Lamentations 3:22-23
20. 2 Corinthians 12:9
21. 2 Corinthians 4:18
22. Psalm 37:4,5
23. Proverbs 3:5,7
24. Philippians 4:13
25. Galatians 2:20
26. James 1:22
27. Colossians 3:23
28. 1 Corinthians 15:58
29. James 4:7
30. Luke 16:13
31. 1 John 4:7,8
32. Galatians 5:22-23
33. Hebrews 12:1-2
34. Acts 1:8
35. Romans 12:1-2
36. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
37. Psalm 19:14
38. Philippians 4:6,7
39. 2 Timothy 3:16
40. Psalm 119:105
41. Psalm 119:11
42. Hebrews 4:16
43. 1 John 1:9
44. James 5:16
45. 1 Corinthians 10:13
46. Micah 6:8
47. Matthew 25:40
48. Matthew 28:19-20
49. Matthew 5:16
50. Ephesians 6:12

Happy memorizing!

If you believe that memorizing God's Word can bring real change to families, then can you help me get a wider audience for this list? Just hit "Share" on Facebook below (you can hit the Like button, too, but the Share button posts this to your newsfeed), and then more people will see it! Thank you so much!

UPDATE: A reader pointed out that I only had 49 verses, so I added another one! Sorry! The list is complete now.

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19 Comments:

At 8:00 AM , Anonymous Ashley Pichea said…

Thank you for sharing this list! It's great to have a place to start!

 

At 8:55 AM , Anonymous Eve said…

Lovely - thank you! This is exactly what I've been wanting. :)

 

At 10:11 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said…

I like the way you think!
This is great and motivates me to work with my family on memorizing the Word!

 

At 10:38 AM , Blogger Donna @ Way More Homemade said…

What a wonderful list, Sheila. Thank you for posting it. I will copy this and probably work through the list with my family.

 

At 10:39 AM , Blogger The Happy Domestic said…

Thank you Sheila. As much as I love reading your blog regularly, the Word of God speaks for itself. Just reading the Word is like eating Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings - delightful and satisfying.

 

At 11:19 AM , Blogger Jo Princess Warrior said…

Great list - thank you!

 

At 1:38 PM , Blogger Mary R. said…

An elderly pastor once told me that scripture memorization among people took a nosedive once all the different translations of the Bible came out (he admitted he must have 40 different translations on his own bookshelf). Before, when everybody used the King James (which is easy to memorize because the old language is melodic), everybody memorized scripture the same way. Now it is confusing with everybody using a different translation, and many of them written so the verses are hard to memorize.

Memorization is a good thing.

 

At 1:44 PM , Blogger Mary R. said…

Sheila, may I copy this and put it on my blog and make a link back to yours?

 

At 1:48 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said…

Thanks Sheila. Just so you know though, there are only 49 verses on your list. On the condensed list at the bottom of the page, number 41 says "Confession/Temptation". This prompted me to count the verses you have provided and sure enough, 49 wonderful verses!

 

At 2:40 PM , Blogger sarahe said…

Great list! i give the girls i disciple memory verses each time we meet and several are on here. & i really love the 2 Tim. 3:16 verse--something that I learned during my religious studies classes in college that is so helpful is that of course when 2 Tim was written the only "scripture" it was referring to was the Old Testament as the New Testament had not yet been compiled. Of course we can apply it to the NT as well, but that is really useful information for anyone who questions the use and validity of the Old Testament.

 

At 2:54 PM , Blogger Sheila said…

Anonymous: Thank you!!! I missed that. I added another verse, and now there really are 50!

Mary, you're welcome to use this list as long as you link to my blog and say something lovely about how amazing I am!

 

At 5:54 PM , Blogger Tessa said…

Love this. Totally what I've been looking for and now it's from a source I "know" and trust. I've been making a daily commitment to read the whole Bible in a year (it really only ends up being 15min per day) and I wanted to add memorization to it but didn't have a clue where to start.
So I'm going to print it out and put it on my index cards and dive in. As soon as I get some paper in my printer...
Thanks so much for all the awesome posts!

 

At 7:22 PM , Blogger Herding Grasshoppers said…

Sheila,

You're so encouraging! 50 verses can sound like a lot, but one a week is very do-able.

We're working on a chapter now, but I'll probably come back to your list.

Didn't you post (quite a while ago) your system for memory verses and review? I seem to remember 3x5 cards in a series of piles, but not how it worked. Could you link to it, in your post?

Thanks!

Julie

 

At 7:30 PM , Blogger Sheila said…

Tessa, Thanks for your kind words!

And Julie, thanks for remembering that post! I just checked, and it's over a year old now!

But yes, if you want a system to memorize things and make sure that they stay in memory, read this post:
http://tolovehonorandvacuum.blogspot.com/2010/01/works-for-me-wednesday-bible-memory.html


Happy memorizing!

 

At 9:50 PM , Blogger Jimmie said…

Nice list! (found you via Twitter) I have linked to this on Benefits of Copywork to help folks looking for scripture for copywork.

 

At 1:17 AM , Blogger Amanda said…

These are great! Thank you for posting them. :)

Amanda

 

At 1:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said…

Thank you for posting this list, Sheila. I think that if you memorize verses, you can call them to mind to give you strength. For me, 2010 was a challenging year, and there were days that the words of Philippians 4:13 helped keep me going :-)

 

At 6:46 PM , Anonymous tiffany@tea with tiffany said…

Always good to remember God's Word. I'm doing the memory verses with the Siestas online with Beth Moore. I actually think I missed the one for Feb. 1st. :)

Great tool here.

Thanks for sharing, Sheila.

Hugs from the arctic zone of Colorado..

Tiffany

 

At 10:58 PM , Anonymous Amber from Missouri said…

I have been studying this and it has really helped me know gods word better.. For how many verses are in the bible 50 may not seem like much but they are very great verses and definately work on the heart Thank You So Much

 
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