Reading and memorizing Bible verses is an effective, life-changing way to “hide” God’s Word in our hearts (see Psalm 119:11). When people memorize Scripture as children, they’re often able to recall it—and find hope and inspiration from it—for years to come. Bible verses for kids appear throughout God’s Word, from Genesis to Revelation.
What are the best Bible verses to memorize?
When it comes to Bible verses for kids, look for short, easy and encouraging passages. It’s also helpful to choose Scriptures associated with some type of image or word picture; for example, the armor of God, the fruit of the Spirit, treasures in heaven and so on. Use a kid-friendly version of the Bible, such as NIV (New International Version), NIRV (New International Reader’s Version), NLT (New Living Translation) or NCV (New Century Version).
Sunday school and youth group teachers can easily incorporate Bible memorization into weekly lessons. Review the verses aloud together, and also enlist parents to help kids practice their memory work at home.
Make the process fun, using games, crafts and coloring sheets to reinforce the verse and its meaning. Also, be sure to share with children the ways that memorizing Scripture has enriched your own life and faith.
The Bible verses for kids listed below (all NIV, unless marked otherwise) represent merely a start. God’s Word is filled with life-giving messages that “light” our “path” (Psalm 119:105) as we follow Jesus.
Share this good news—and these excellent verses—with all the children you teach!
Ready, Set, Memorize! 25 Bible Verses for Kids to Learn by Heart
1. Genesis 1:27
God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
2. Joshua 1:9
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.
4. Psalm 23:1 (NLT)
The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.