Day 13: Research the text {Tools for memorizing}


Repeat 3-5 times, twice a day.

2  “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.”
3  With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
Isaiah 12:2-3 (ESV)

Practice using 1st letters, twice a day.

2  “B, G i m s; I w t, a w n b a; f t L G i m s a m s, a h h b m s.”
3  W j y w d w f t w o s.


1  You will say in that day: “I will give thanks to you, O LORD, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me.”
Isaiah 12:1 (ESV)

1  Y w s i t d: “I w g t t y, O L, f t y w a w m, y a t a, t y m c m.”


1. Add in this week’s 1st letters.

Once in the morning and once in the afternoon, I use 1st letters to recite all the verses we’ve learned so far (Isaiah 12:1-3). See 1st letter cards here and 1st letter one-page here.

2. Add newest verses to Bible Memory (previously known as Scripture Typer).

Begin today with the Type It step for Isaiah 12:2-3.

Later in the week when you Memorize It, then Master It, try this option:
“Review all verses combined together” for a total review once a day.

3. Get background information on the new verses.

Blue Letter Bible offers a very readable (and quick) online study guide here from David Guzik. Add any interesting findings in your journal.

This was interesting to me from Isaiah 12:2-3:

Three different words for God’s name in Isaiah 12:2 . . .
God – el; LORD GOD – yah yahweh. (Remember there are no capital letters in Hebrew language)
Possible typo for “LORD GOD” or possibly intentional for added emphasis. (Quite contrary views among the scholars.)



* Turn off the punctuation.

Did you know you don’t have to type in punctuation if you’d rather skip it on Bible Memory?  Once you have your verse up, click on “Typing Options” and choose which you prefer. (I prefer not typing it.)


Force me to type it, or
Keep going if I miss it.

no punctuation scripture typer


Some days you’ll think you have no time to spend on scripture memory. On those days, do the bare minimum: look at the 1st letters and see if you can say all the verses you’ve learned so far. Even with a 30-verse chapter, you can usually say the whole thing in less than 5 minutes.

With three verses so far in Isaiah 12, we can say all three verses in less than 30 seconds. 30 seconds! Even on our busiest days we have 30 seconds to spare.


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Are you adding in new verses this week? Please share in the comments.


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