Classic Memory Verses

button classicsMaybe you learned these gems as a child. Or maybe you’re just now discovering them.

This summer at Do Not Depart we’ve been taking a week each with these classic Bible scriptures to plant God’s truths about love and grace deeper into our hearts.

If you’d like the list for yourself or to teach your kids or a Bible class, here’s a printable of all the verses on one page. (Click on the image then download or print.)

Classic Memory Verses

Below is a list of the individual posts from each week, or view them all here.


What’s the most famous Bible verse?
John 3:16

UnPsalm 23: What not to tell yourself
Psalm 23:1-3

A light in the shadows
Psalm 23:4-6

Whose plans?
Jeremiah 29:11

3 things to do with the Lord’s Prayer
Matthew 6:9-11

How do you end the Lord’s Prayer?
Matthew 6:12-13

Who is this for?
Romans 8:28

Too good to be true?
Ephesians 2:8-9

What is love? What is it not?
1 Corinthians 13:4-5

Talk to yourself
1 Corinthians 13:6-7

What are you trusting in?
Proverbs 3:5-6

The most misused verse in the Bible
Philippians 4:13

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What’s one of your favorite memory verses?

19 thoughts on “Classic Memory Verses

  1. Beth

    Thanks for sharing all of these “gems” as well as the many great articles, Lisa! And also for reminding me of the importance of hiding God’s word in my heart. I have struggled to get back to this practice that I used to be quite skilled at. I have a few verses that still stick with me, but many are hazy and I’ve not made this spiritual discipline a priority. This is just the gentle nudge I needed.

    Oh, and congrats on the mention over at Laura’s! You inspire me in many ways too, Lisa!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I’m glad this is a helpful nudge, Beth. I go through seasons with memorization as well. This summer has been easy because these verses were more familiar from my past. But the hardest thing for me is to continue to review the “newer” verses. It’s easier to stop than continue going. Thankfully having a community who is also doing it is helpful.

      Thanks for mentioning Laura’s post. I was in a hurry this morning and hadn’t even read it yet, so I went over to see it and feel very humbled. The Lord is mighty to continue using even widow’s mites.

  2. floyd

    The 23rd Psalm always comes up first, but the ones that follow, for whatever reason, are these from Job 42:3-6, “You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’
    Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
    things too wonderful for me to know.
    4 “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak;
    I will question you,
    and you shall answer me.’
    5 My ears had heard of you
    but now my eyes have seen you.
    6 Therefore I despise myself
    and repent in dust and ashes.”

    The words, “Things too wonderful for me to know,” and “I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes,” resonate with my soul. It is only in that humility that we can find our Father and His grace and mercy. Thanks for taking me into the place in God’s word where I find tender rest…

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I relate to you on Psalm 23 always coming up first. Same with me.

      Those verses in Job: powerful, powerful words. Makes me shudder at how easy we can sometimes forget who God really is. Yet he allows our eyes to see. Miracles never cease. Thanks for sharing this here, Floyd.

  3. Betty Jo

    And with me, Psalm 23. It brings such comfort and peace no matter what is swirling around me. Lisa this post is definitely a keeper with such wonderful verses to ponder. Be Blessed!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I hear you, Linda. My translation of preference is the English Standard Version, but for many of these classic verses, I resorted back to King James as well because that’s how I originally learned them and will always hear them that way in my mind. Such a beauty there.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Yep, that’s always a good one, isn’t it? I should keep that one in front of me all the time. I’d say it worked for you since you stayed calm after losing a post. 🙂

  4. Caleb Suko

    I’ve loved this verse since I was a child,

    Mic 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

    The instructions are so clear and so simple. Righteousness is a beautiful thing!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Yes, the directness and clarity of Micah 6:8 makes it a favorite for me too. If we can do those three things, we are also obeying the greatest commands of loving God with all our hearts, minds, souls, and loving our neighbors as ourselves.

  5. laura

    This looks wonderful, Lisa. I thought I’d do the Romans project with Ann this past year, but found I was still hugging James close to me from memorizing it last year. I’ve been thinking about what to do next…still not sure but wanting smaller bites to dwell on so they sink deeper into my heart. I’m going to check out your list.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      It’s funny that you mentioned “still hugging James close to me”. I’ve had Psalm 71 posted in my bathroom for months now from learning it last winter. As we get ready to learn a new chapter, I have mixed feelings because I have fallen in love with Psalm 71 and I don’t want to relegate it to a 2nd place position. ha. But I know my limitations; my brain can’t keep actively working on too many things at once.

      Taking small bites is good. When we gulp down too much at one time we can’t really digest it.

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