Bible verses for your kids (and you!) to memorize

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The Virgin and Child by William Dyce (Wikimedia Commons).


Reading back over some old posts recently, I realized I had promised to share with you some of the Bible verses we use for memory and copy work in our homeschool. Well, better late than never!

These verses are helpful for adults to know by heart as well as children. They teach about virtue, the importance of prayer, God’s character, and other aspects of the spiritual life.

Over the past several years, our family has  experienced the Bible as unit studies. Reading chronologically through the Golden Children’s Bible, I look for themes that can help us bring other subjects into our study of Scripture. (See more details on my homeschooling method here.)

I choose a verse for memorization and handwriting practice. Sometimes the verse comes right from the story. Other times I search through a concordance or consult my memory for a verse that encapsulates one of the themes we are considering.

You can also use these in reverse, by choosing a story to illustrate the verse, making the memorization the center of your lesson.

In this list, I include after each reference the topic we discussed with the verse. Sometimes I added other options for you. The second line lists the Bible story we used the verse with, followed by other good choices.

You may print this list to use with your own family, in your homeschool, or in a single classroom. For all other uses, please contact me. If you wish to share this with your friends and family or fellow teachers, would you please do so by sending them to my blog? Thanks you.

I have many more verses I am reserving for future posts.

I am including a PDF version of the list for your convenience.

Bible Verses for Memory and Copy Work (I)

The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? (Psalm 26:1). Courage.
Crossing the Red Sea, David and Goliath, Esther.

 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) Prayer. Trust.

Whoever receives this child in my name receives me. (Luke 8:48) Jesus loves children. Pro-life.
Samuel, Infancy Narratives, Jesus and the Children.

Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness. (Galatians 3:6) Faith
Covenant with Abraham.

He who is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and he who is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. (Luke 16:10) Stewardship.
Joseph and his Brothers, Parables of Jesus.

All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient. (Exodus 24:7) Obedience.
10 Commandments.

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. (Psalm 32:1) Forgiveness.
David and Bathsheba, the Penitent Woman, the Prodigal Son.

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. (Hebrews 13:2) Hospitality. Angels.
The Destruction of Sodom, Tobit.

If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts. (Psalm 25:7-8) Openness.
Journey through the Desert.

I praise you that I was made so wonderfully. (Psalm 139:14) God the Creator. Pro-life.
Creation of the World.

The truth will set you free. (John 8:32) Freedom. Salvation.
Joseph in Prison.

Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8) Devil.
Daniel in the Lions’ Den. Samson and the Lion. David Kills the Lion and the Bear.

If the prophet had commanded you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much rather, then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’? (2 Kings 5:13) Forgiveness. First Confession.

I hope these will help you as you raise your children in the faith.

Connie Rossini

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8 Responses

  1. Diana

    I was JUST looking up memorizing verses yesterday….and then this popped into my inbox! Yes, God…I hear You! 🙂
    Thanks for this post!

  2. melanie jean juneau

    .As a former bible verse memorizing Protestant kid, I treasure the hundreds of verses embedded in my heart and mind, that rise up when ever I need them-perfect image- LOVE IT

    • Connie Rossini

      Isn’t it a blessing to have those words in your mind and heart? Since I grew up Charismatic, we were always encouraged to memorize Scripture as well. In fact, I memorized the first 13 or so chapters of Matthew as a teenager. I love the painting too.

  3. Nicole

    Mine are mostly still little (6, 4, 1) so we work on some simple memory work with the oldest, but draw from SEEDS Family Worship albums. I heard about this through the homeschool grapevine. It’s Bible versus set to music, but at least to my ears, I actually enjoy the music and don’t find it irritating like a lot of kids’ music. It definitely makes me smile to hear the 4yo singing “I can do everything! Through him who gives me strength!” And even I will have a verse in song go through my head quite often. “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you,” is especially present right now as we work on a intercontinental move. I’m still terrible at remembering the scripture reference for WHERE the verses come from, though!

    • Connie Rossini

      Nicole, this is the first I’ve hear of SEEDS. I’ll have to take a look at it. The references aren’t as important, unless you are doing research, apologetics, or trying to look the verse up. Most important is having Scripture in your mind throughout the day. Thanks for commenting!

  4. Maxine

    Thanks for this, and for making a PDF. I want to add scripture memorization to our homeschool but did not know where to start.

    • Connie Rossini

      Glad to be of help. I will also be including a list in each of my books on the temperaments, specific to virtues and vices that each temperament needs to work on.

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