When I wrote the post called Scripture Memory for Losers, I thought I was the lone loser over on I Can’t Memorize Scripture Island all by myself. Turns out there are many, many more of us on that island together, and I’m beginning to think it’s not so much an island as a land mass.
If you’re one of us (welcome!), hop over to that post first and read about different easy strategies for committing more Scripture to memory this month. And if you’re wondering where to begin – which Scripture verses or passages would be a great point to jump off from – start with this essential list and go from here.
100 Scripture Verses to Memorize – An Essential List
Genesis 1:1– In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Leviticus 19:11– ‘You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another.
Numbers 23:19– “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
Joshua 1:8– “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Psalms 23– <<A Psalm of David.>> The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.
Psalms 56:3– Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.
Psalms 96:2– Sing to the LORD, bless His name; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.
Psalms 100– <<A Psalm of Thanksgiving.>> Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands! Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.
Psalms 119:9– BETH. How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.
Psalms 119:11– Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You!
Psalms 147:5– Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite.
Proverbs 3:5-6– Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
Proverbs 3:9-10– Honor the LORD with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase; So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine.
Isaiah 26:3– You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.
Isaiah 40:31– But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 41:10– Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
Isaiah 53:6– All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
Lamentations 3:22-23– Through the LORD’S mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.
Matthew 1:21- “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.”
Matthew 4:19- Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Matthew 5:11-12– “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. “Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Matthew 5:16– “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 6:9-13– “In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Matthew 6:33-34– “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Matthew 7:13-14– “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. “Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
Matthew 12:30– “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.
Matthew 16:24-26– Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
Matthew 18:20– “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”
Matthew 28:19-20– “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Mark 10:45– “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Mark 12:30-31– ‘And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. “And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Mark 13:32-33– “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. “Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.
Mark 16:15– And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
Luke 6:35– “But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.
Luke 9:23– Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.
Luke 11:28– But He said, “More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”
Luke 12:15– And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”
Luke 16:10- “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.
Luke 16:13– “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”
John 1:1-4– In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
John 1:12– But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
John 3:16-18– “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 3:36– “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
John 5:24– “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.
John 13:34-35– “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
John 14:6– Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
John 14:21– “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”
John 15:7– “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
John 15:18-19– “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
John 17:17– “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.
John 20:31– but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.
Acts 1:8– “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Acts 4:12– “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Acts 24:16– “This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.
Romans 1:16– For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
Romans 3:10-12– As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.”
Romans 3:23– for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 4:20-21– He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.
Romans 5:1- Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Romans 5:8– But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:12– Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—
Romans 6:1-2– What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?
Romans 6:14– For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
Romans 6:23– For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:1– There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
Romans 8:28– And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:32– He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
Romans 8:38-39– For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 10:9-10– that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Romans 10:13– For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”
Romans 10:17– So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Romans 11:6– And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.
Romans 12:1-2– I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Romans 12:17-18– Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.
Romans 13:1– Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.
Romans 15:7- Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God.
Romans 16:17-18– Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple.
1st Corinthians 1:18– For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
1st Corinthians 1:31– that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.”
1st Corinthians 2:12– Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
1st Corinthians 3:16– Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
1st Corinthians 6:20– For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
1st Corinthians 10:13– No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
1st Corinthians 15:3– For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,
1st Corinthians 15:33– Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”
1st Corinthians 15:58– Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
2nd Corinthians 4:5– For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake.
2nd Corinthians 5:17– Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
2nd Corinthians 6:14– Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?
2nd Corinthians 9:6-7– But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
2nd Corinthians 13:5– Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? –unless indeed you are disqualified.
Galatians 2:20– I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Galatians 5:22-23– But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
Galatians 6:7– Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
Galatians 6:9-10– And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Ephesians 1:7– In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace
Ephesians 2:8-10– For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 4:29– Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
Ephesians 4:32– And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.
Ephesians 5:1-3– Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints;
Ephesians 6:1-3– Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”
Philippians 1:6– being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
Philippians 1:21– For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Philippians 2:3-4– Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
Philippians 2:12-13– Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
Philippians 2:14-15– Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,
Philippians 3:20– For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
Philippians 4:4-8– Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things.
Philippians 4:13– I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:19– And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Colossians 3:16-17– Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Colossians 4:2– Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;
1st Thessalonians 5:16-18– Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1st Timothy 2:5– For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,
1st Timothy 5:8– But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
2nd Timothy 1:13-14– Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.
2nd Timothy 2:15– Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2nd Timothy 2:19– Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”
2nd Timothy 3:12– Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
2nd Timothy 3:16-17– All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2nd Timothy 4:2-5– Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
Titus 2:11-14– For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
Titus 3:5– not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,
Hebrews 2:18– For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.
Hebrews 4:12– For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Hebrews 4:16– Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 7:25– Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
Hebrews 9:27-28– And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.
Hebrews 10:24-25– And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
Hebrews 11:1– Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:6– But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Hebrews 12:3– For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.
Hebrews 13:5– Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Hebrews 13:17– Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.
James 1:2-4– My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
James 1:12– Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
James 1:22– But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
James 1:26– If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.
James 2:10– For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.
James 2:26– For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
James 4:17– Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
1st Peter 2:2– as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,
1st Peter 2:11– Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul,
1st Peter 3:18– For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,
1st Peter 4:14-16– If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.
1st Peter 5:5-7– Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
1st John 1:6-7– If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
1st 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.
1st John 2:15-16– Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–is not of the Father but is of the world.
1st John 3:13– Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you.
1st John 3:18– My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.
1st John 5:11-13– And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.
Revelation 3:20– “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.
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