As parents and teachers, you want the children in your care to love Jesus. The best way to do that is to help them learn the story of the Bible (so they understand they’re part of the story) and begin to learn and memorize selected verses from the Bible. Even young children can study the Bible and commit verses to memory. We have compiled a variety of lists of Bible verses you may want to start with. In many instances we have excerpted just a phrase from the verse in order to keep them short and easier to memorize. We’ve also listed some additional resources you may find helpful as you strive to help your children love the Bible and love Jesus.
The verses listed below are popular verses that children are likely to encounter along the way in church or other places. They’re listed in biblical order.
God created the heavens and the earth – Genesis 1:1b: The first verse of the Bible is also one of the most important and, therefore, among the most popular. Kids need to understand that the God of the Bible is also Creator of all things! Scripture page. Coloring page. Children’s Sermon. Sermon picture. Word Tiles activity.
God said, “I have placed my bow in the clouds” – Genesis 9:13a: Kids love the story of Noah and the flood. Here they learn about the origin of the rainbow. Scripture page. Coloring page. Crossword Puzzle. Spot the Differences. Word Tiles activity.
Is anything too hard for the Lord? – Genesis 18:14a: A great verse that affirms the power of God over life’s problems and is a wonderful verse for kids to discuss. No wonder it’s so popular! Scripture page.
The Lord is my Shepherd; there is nothing I lack – Psalm 23:1: The first verse of the 23rd Psalm has been a favorite since it was written and affirms the loving care of our Lord. Scripture page.
You are the light of the world – Matthew 5:14a: In a dark and difficult world, Jesus declares in Matthew 5:14 that we, as God’s children, are shining as lights to those around us. Scripture page.
Love your neighbor as yourself – Matthew 22:39b: Jesus taught that this is one of the two greatest commandments. It’s a natural favorite for kids to learn. Scripture page.
For God so love the world that He gave His one and only Son – John 3:16a: John 3:16 is perhaps the most memorized verse in the Bible and for good reason. Kids have been learning this verse for centuries. Here we see God’s love and His amazing sacrifice. Scripture page. Bookmarks. Word Tiles activity. Word Search Puzzle.
God loves a cheerful giver – 2 Corinthians 9:7c: Children need to be taught to be generous. This popular verse will help them understand how they can please God through generosity. Scripture page. Bookmarks. Word Tiles activity. Coloring page.
The Lord sees the heart – 1 Samuel 16:7c: We all tend to look first at a person’s outward appearance and behavior, but God reminded Samuel in this verse that He looks at the heart. Scripture page.
Give thanks to Him and praise His name – Psalm 100:4: Kids need to learn at a young age that praise and thanksgiving to God are always appropriate, regardless of the circumstances. Scripture page.
I know that the Lord is great – Psalm 135:5a: This simple phrase conveys one of the most fundamental truths in all of the Bible. Indeed, “the Lord is great!” Scripture page.
Seek good and not evil – Amos 5:14a: The world will entice the kids under your care to seek that which is evil. Amos exhorted his listeners in this verse to seek that which is good. Scripture page.
Jesus has risen – Mark 16:6b: The reality of Jesus resurrection is the thing that most distinguishes Christianity from other religions. What a great truth for children to learn while they’re young! Scripture page. Bookmarks. Word maze. Word Tiles activity.
Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God – John 20:31b: All of the Old Testament points toward the promised “seed” of Genesis 3:15; the Messiah. This verse affirms that Jesus is the One anticipated by the Old Testament as the Messiah. Scripture page. Bookmarks. Word Search Puzzle. Word Tiles activity.
Serve one another through love – Galatians 5:13c: Jesus called us to love one another. In this verse, Paul encouraged his readers to let their love find expression in service to one another. This is something children can learn and practice. Scripture page. Coloring page. Bookmarks. Word Tiles activity.
It’s unfortunate that many children today are living in very difficult circumstances and need encouragement from people who love them and from God’s Word. Here are some verses that kids who need or will need encouragement may find helpful.
The Lord your God is with you – Joshua 1:9c: Joshua was facing a difficult task and was frightened. God told him not to be afraid because He was with him. Scripture page.
The Lord’s hand is mighty – Joshua 4:24b: As Joshua led the people of Israel into the promised land, he had to remind the people that God was able to accomplish all He wanted them to do! Scripture page.
The God of Israel gives power and strength to His people – Psalm 68:35b: Not only is the Lord mighty, He actually gives “strength and power” to His people. This is great news for kids who need encouragement. Scripture page.
God’s faithful love endures forever – Psalm 107:1b: Many kids today do not feel loved and do not see love in their lives. In addition to seeing your love, this verse will assure them that God’s love for them will never fail. Scripture page.
Do not fear for I am with you – Isaiah 43:5a: The great God of the Bible is a God of power and miracles. He created everything there is, and yet, He knows every child and promises His presence to each of them. Scripture page.
The Lord God will help me – Isaiah 50:7a: Isaiah offers a wonderfully encouraging word to those needing help. God sees and knows our circumstances and promises to help us! Scripture page.
Even the winds and sea obey him – Matthew 8:27b: When the disciples were afraid the storm would swamp the boat and kill them all, Jesus demonstrated that he even has power of nature itself. He is able to calm the storms in our lives as well. Scripture page. Bookmarks. Word Search. Word Tiles activity.
Jesus healed many people – Luke 7:21b: Many kids are facing illness or have loved ones who are sick. God does not always chose to heal, but Jesus demonstrated he certainly has the power to do so when it is his will. Scripture page. Bookmarks. Word Maze. Word Tiles activity.
I am going away to prepare a place for you – John 14:2b: Whatever challenges this life may hold, Jesus promised he was going to prepare a place for us. This life can be difficult, even for children, but the home Jesus is preparing for us will be free of such problems. Scripture page. Word Tiles activity.
It may seem strange to call some verses “important.” The fact is that all of the Bible is important. And yet, there are certain verses that affirm certain truths in a very concise way and, therefore, are great verses for children to learn. Here are just a few.
God created man in His own image – Genesis 1:27a: We live in a day that devalues human life in a variety of ways. This verse affirms that people are created in God’s image and are, therefore, unique, special, and of great value to God. Scripture page.
The Lord our God, the Lord is one – Deuteronomy 6:4b: For the Hebrew people, this was one of the most important verses. Here the unity of God is declared. The God of the Bible is one, not many. Children need to lean this at a young age. Scripture page.
Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord – Isaiah 6:3b: The Hebrew language didn’t have a word for “holiest.” To declare God was the “holiest” would require three holies; “holy, holy, holy.” The word means to be set apart. God is certainly set apart or “holy.” And He is the MOST set apart, or holy, holy, holy! Scripture page.
God who promised is faithful – Hebrews 10:23b: The Bible is filled with promises from God. But can He be trusted to fulfill His promises? Will He be faithful to all He promised? This important verse teaches that God will, in fact, be faithful to all He has promised. What a lesson for kids to learn! Scripture page.
All scripture is inspired by God – 2 Timothy 3:16a: We’re inundated by messages today through media, friends, school, and other sources? What makes the Bible any different? Paul taught in this verse that all of the Bible (scripture) is inspired by God and is, therefore, authoritative and important for all of us, including children, to hear and learn. Scripture page.
Jesus said, “You will be my witnesses” – Acts 1:8b: One of the last things Jesus said to his disciples was that they were to be witnesses to him. A truly important verse! Scripture page.
Do not have other gods besides Me. – Exodus 20:3: The first of the Ten Commandments lays the foundation for all of the others. The God of the Bible is the only God. We are serve and follow Him alone. There are to be no other gods in our lives. Scripture page.
Do not make an idol for yourself. – Exodus 20:4a: When we fashion an idol we are creating a god according to our understanding rather than allowing God to reveal and define Himself. God forbade the making of any kind of idol, even idols of Himself. Scripture page.
Do not misuse the name of the Lord. – Exodus 20:7a: To use God’s name is to claim His name or declare our allegiance to Him. When we claim to be His but don’t live as though we belong to Him, we are misusing His name. Scripture page.
Remember the Sabbath day. – Exodus 20:8a: It was on the seventh (sabbath) day of creation that God ceased His creative work and took His place (rested) on His throne as sovereign Lord over all He has created. The Sabbath observance is a recognition of God’s sovereignty and lordship over our lives. Scripture page.
Honor your father and your mother. – Exodus 20:12a: The first four Commandments are about our relationship to God. The next six are about our relationship to others. The most important relationship we are to honor is within our family. We are to honor our parents. This lays the foundation for a healthy society. Scripture page 1. Scripture page 2. Father Bookmarks. Coloring page. Father and Mother Bookmarks. Father Greeting Card.
Do not murder. – Exodus 20:13: “Murder” here refers to homicide or the taking of innocent human life. God commands us to honor human life and value it. Scripture page.
Do not commit adultery. – Exodus 20:14: Just as we are to honor the family by honoring our parents, so we are to respect the marriage relationship and remain faithful to this critical commitment. God calls us to honor the sanctity of marriage. Scripture page.
Do not steal. – Exodus 20:15: God expects His people to be generous, but He also affirms the right to personal property. We are not to take what belongs to someone else and make it our own. Scripture page.
Do not give false testimony… – Exodus 20:16a: The foundation of any legal system is the need for reliable testimony. God expects His people to honor justice. True testimony is essential to justice so God forbids false testimony. Scripture page.
Do not covet… – Exodus 20:17a: Stealing is a behavior while coveting is a condition of the heart. God commands us to be content with what we have. Such contentment demonstrates that we trust Him to provide for us. We are not to covet what belongs to another. Scripture page.
The Ten Commandments: In addition to examining each of the individual Commandments, you may want to use some of these activities to help children study all of the Commandments together. Scripture page. Color by Number. Hidden Numbers. Jigsaw Puzzle. Word Search. Word Tiles activity.
Scripture Pages – Check out the growing list of free scripture pages we provide on the site. Great for placing on a child’s wall or mirror.
Bible Activity Pages – Kids will love these free Bible activity pages that make studying and learning the Bible enjoyable!