36 Bible memory verses

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This year for Pre-K, we’re doing the Sonlight P4/5 curriculum. I really like it, but I wasn’t a big fan of the verses they chose for memorizing each week. I decided to go through my Bible and write down the verses that have meant something to me. My goal was for us to memorize some foundational verses for understanding who God and Jesus are, what the Bible is, and what it means to be a Christian. I also aimed to get verses that were fairly short and easy for a 4 year old to understand and memorize. I came up with 80 verses, and after a LOT of trouble I shortened it to 36 (one for each week of our school year). I thought I’d share here in case anyone is interested.

(NOTE: I chose verses that have been important in my life, so your list might look different. I had to cut some really awesome verses to get the total down to 36, also, but I kept my original list for when we finish these. :-) All of them are from the NIV 1984 translation of the Bible.)

  1. “God saw all that He had made, and it was very good…” Genesis 1:31
  2. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:5
  3. “…Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
  4. “…The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
  5. “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.” Psalm 19:1
  6. “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.” Psalm 23:1
  7. “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” Psalm 24:1
  8. “Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies.” Psalm 34:13
  9. “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him…” Psalm 37:7
  10. “When I am afraid, I will trust in You.” Psalm 56:3
  11. “Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done.” Psalm 105:1
  12. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105
  13. “I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14
  14. “…The Lord is faithful to all His promises and loving toward all He has made.” Psalm 145:13
  15. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5
  16. “Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.” Proverbs 10:4
  17. “Every word of God is flawless…” Proverbs 30:5
  18. “…Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” Mark 16:15
  19. “For nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37
  20. “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31
  21. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
  22. “…Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34
  23. “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – you and your household.” Acts 16:31
  24. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
  25. “…God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7
  26. “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works…” Ephesians 2:10
  27. “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32
  28. “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:5
  29. “Do everything without complaining or arguing.” Philippians 2:14
  30. “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13
  31. “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:2
  32. “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus…” Colossians 3:17
  33. “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up…” 1 Thessalonians 5:11
  34. “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances…” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
  35. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
  36. “For Christ died for sins once for all… to bring you to God.” 1 Peter 3:18

If you’d like to download a PDF that you can print to hang on the wall, you can do so here.


4 thoughts on “36 Bible memory verses

  1. What a great list! I’d love to hear more about your Sonlight experience. We have many of the titles in that curriculum but I don’t have the manual

  2. We’re starting school two weeks from today. I’m going to be blogging specifically about homeschooling over at my sister-in-law’s blog, http://homeschoolingintheborogroves.blogspot.com/ . (I only plan to blog as I have time, so no promises about how frequent the updates will be. :-)) So far I really like the Sonlight curriculum… we’ll see how it goes once I actually start!

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