25 Short Bible Verses to Memorize

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Let’s face it—memorizing Scripture can be daunting. Maybe finding a starting point feels overwhelming or the task itself feels useless altogether. However, memorizing verses doesn’t need to be intimidating. Starting small with short verses is a worthy task that can help ground you in His word and familiarize yourself with essential truths about God. David writes in Psalm 119:11 that he memorizes God’s word so that he could keep from sin and maintain a relationship with God. Consider starting with these short yet useful verses that teach essential truths about God so that you “can be kept in perfect peace” (Isaiah 26:3).

What Are Some Good Bible Verses to Memorize?

Old Testament

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

Psalm 56:3
When I am afraid,
I put my trust in you.

Psalm 118:1
Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!

Psalm 147:5
Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
his understanding is beyond measure.

Isaiah 26:3
You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.

New Testament

John 1:12
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,

John 3:30
“He must increase, but I must decrease.”

John 14:6
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 17:17
Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth

Acts 16:31
And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

Romans 3:23
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Romans 12:12
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

1 Corinthians 13:13
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 14:20
Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.

1 Corinthians 16:14
Let all that you do be done in love.

1 Thessalonians 5:16–17
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,

1 Thessalonians 5:22
Abstain from every form of evil.

2 Thessalonians 3:3
But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.

2 Timothy 1:7
for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

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

James 1:19
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;

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

1 John 4:14
And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.

1 John 4:19
We love because he first loved us.

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