Our kids are growing up in a world that keeps redefining ideas and truths. We may try to protect them, shield them from the profanity out there, and try to guard their innocent hearts and minds, but the truth is, they'll find themselves in situations where they have to make their own decisions.
By teaching kids to memorize verses, you enable them to grow deep roots in their spiritual growth. God's words are cemented in their memory and become their natural way of thinking and reacting to situations. Additionally, by memorizing the Bible, kids get to know Christ and grow their relationship with Him.
And if you are looking to have them overcome sin, memorizing Bible verses is the equivalence of hiding God's Word in their hearts that they may not sin against God. And when children face hard times, there are plenty of reassuring words in the Bible that will push them to 'press on in faith.'
Tips to Memorize Bible Verses
Now that we've established that memorizing the Bible is essential, how do we get our kids to do it and in a fun way? Well, for one, we shouldn't leave the task to Sunday school teachers only. We should equally rise to the challenge.
For starters, if the Sunday school teachers assign the kids verses to memorize during the week, you can go over them with your kid before they retire to bed on Sunday night. If there are words or phrases that they don't understand, explain them. You could also chant the verse, or even better, but the words to a simple tune. Ensure that you repeat the verse severally while emphasizing a different word each time.
If your child learns visually, urge them to jot the verse down on a piece of paper. They can also write it down using different colors for different words. They can also write the verse down and replace some of the words with pictures.
Now that we have established ways to get our kids to memorize Bible verses, the next step is to identify some short Bible verses to start them off. We have compiled a list of the best Bible verses that they will find easy to memorize. Additionally, we have included some interesting facts to the verses to help them develop an interest in the Bible as a whole.
And she called the name of the Lord that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?
These were the words of Hagai, a maid to Sarai, who conceived with Abram but fled after Sarai mistreated her.
And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.
Exodus is a Latin word that means 'going out.'
Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.
This book is a compilation of Israelite laws, including instructions on how to eat right.
The Lord bless thee, and keep thee
The book of Numbers starts with God ordering a census on Israel's twelve tribes.
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
Deuteronomy is the last book by Moses and marks his final days as their leader.
There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
A little known fact: Joshua, the book, also contains an account of God separating waters for His people to pass. The flow of the River Jordan stopped, and the Israelites crossed on dry ground.
And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.
In this book, God led a victorious battle with only 300 men under Gideon and drove out the Midianites.
And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.
In this book, you find Josiah, who became the King of Judah at only eight years.
Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually.
This book narrates the history of Israel from a priestly perspective.
10. Ezra 7:10 KJV
For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.
The people of Israel sinned and were exiled to Babylon. Ezra chronicles their return from Exile.
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
The book of Psalms is the longest in the Bible, with 150 chapters.
12. Proverbs 3:5 KJV
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Proverbs' last chapter is one of the few parts in the Bible with a female author.
Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.
Ecclesiastes contains the famous saying, "there is nothing new under the sun."
14. Isaiah 26:4 KJV
Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength
Isaiah contains the unofficial mission statement of the United Nations- Isaiah 2:3-4.
15. Jeremiah 1:5 KJV
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
Jeremiah was a Prophet of God who never got married, didn't go to funerals or happy events.
They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
Lamentations is by far the saddest book in the Bible that depicts the Israelites' sorrow and suffering.
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
Ezekiel contains the vision of the valley full of dry bones that came to life when the prophet spoke to them.
18. Amos 5:4 KJV
For thus saith the Lord unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live
Amos tells the story of how God punished the Israelites because of mistreating the poor.
19. Obadiah 1:15 KJV
For the day of the Lord is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.
Obadiah is the shortest book in the Bible with only one chapter.
20. Jonah 2:2 KJV
And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.
Jonah was thrown out of a ship, swallowed by a big fish, and later spat out on dry land.
21. Micah 6:8 KJV
He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
Micah prophesied the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, 700 years before He was born.
22. Nahum 1:7 KJV
The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.
Nahum wrote about the destruction of Nineveh, a hundred years after Jonah warned them.
The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.
Habakkuk wonders why people are allowed to do evil things. God later punishes them.
24. Haggai 2:5 KJV
According to the word that I covenanted with you when ye came out of Egypt, so my spirit remaineth among you: fear ye not.
The book shows that God will bless His people despite tribulation.
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Jesus went against the grain when He appointed Matthew, a tax collector, as His close follower as tax collectors had a bad reputation.
27. Mark 8:36 KJV
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
28. Luke 19:10 KJV
For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
Luke wrote the book to a man he refers to as 'most excellent Theophilus' and documents to prove Jesus is the Son of God.
29. John 10:11 KJV
I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
30. John 16:33 KJV
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
John was the youngest disciple and outlived all of them.
31. Acts 5:29 KJV
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
32. Acts 16:31 KJV
And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
Acts record the conversion of Paul, formerly Saul, on his way to Damascus to persecute Christians.
33. Romans 3:23 KJV
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Romans contains Paul's letter to the Romans, explaining that righteousness is not a result of one's effort.
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
In this letter, Paul states the resurrection of Jesus is confirmed as more than 500 people witnessed it.
35. Galatians 5:1 KJV](/bible/galatians-5-1)
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Paul wrote this letter personally to fight the rise of false teachers requiring the Gentiles to follow the Jewish laws.
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
In this book, Paul likes the Christian armor to that worn by a Roman soldier guarding his prison cell.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Paul was convinced that the Roman guards would be executed when he wrote this letter, but he was later released.
Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross
Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.
This letter to the Colossians contains excellent teaching on leading a Christian life.
See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
Pray without ceasing.
Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace
Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.
Paul wrote these two letters to the Thessalonians to fight the false teachings of those times.
But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
Paul wrote these two letters to his 'son' Timothy, who he envisioned would carry on with Paul's work.
48. Titus 1:15 KJV
Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
Titus was another student of Paul's on the island of Crete.
49. Philemon 1:4 KJV
I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers
The letter to Philemon from Paul was to ask him to be lenient to his runaway slave, Onesimus.
50. Hebrews 4:16 KJV
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
51. Hebrews 13:8 KJV
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
Hebrews is the only book in the New Testament that scholars are uncertain of its authorship.
52. James 1:17 KJV
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
James was one of Jesus's brothers and was skeptical about believing in Christ but later led the Christian movement.
53. 1 John 1:9 KJV
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
54. 1 John 4:19 KJV
We love him, because he first loved us.
This letter by John shows that Christians are not perfect but should show God's love.
55. 2 John 1:6 KJV
And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.
2 John 1:6 talks about agape, the selfless love with a focus on others. Agape is the primary example of love displayed by Jesus.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
This book is John's visions from God concerning the end days.
Our duty as parents is to ready our children to respond to trials and temptations in a Christlike manner. And if we are imitating Jesus, you know Jesus overcame temptation by quoting God's word. Use these verses to create Bible lessons for kid memorize the Bible to strengthen their foundation in the Lord.
We pray that even as you set on this glorious task, that the blessings of the Lord shall be upon you and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you always. May the Lord dwell in you richly, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, amen.