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Short Bible Verses: 56 Brief Scriptures for Children to Learn

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From birth, children can begin hearing God’s Word through stories, songs, and worship services. Learning passages and promises from Scripture has lifelong benefits and rewards. Even before young kids can read, they’re able to absorb, recall, and memorize short Bible verses. So provide plenty of opportunities for learning God’s Word. And be sure to encourage children along the way!

Short Bible verses abound throughout the Old and New Testaments, in all 66 books of the Bible. (The Psalms are especially rich for finding short Bible verses to memorize.) Use a kid-friendly version of the Bible; for example, NIV, NLT and NCV are great for children and new readers.

56 Short Bible Verses Children Can Learn

For starters, check out all these short Bible verses for kids. Unless noted, they’re from the NIV (New International Version).

Short Bible Verses From the Old Testament

1. Genesis 1:1

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

2. Exodus 14:14

“The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

3. Exodus 20:3

“You shall have no other gods before me.”

4. Numbers 6:24

“The LORD bless you and keep you.”

5. Joshua 1:9

Be strong and courageous.

6. Psalm 23:1

The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need. (NLT)

7. Psalm 37:5

Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him.

8. Psalm 46:10

“Be still, and know that I am God.”

9. Psalm 62:1

My soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.

10. Psalm 107:1

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

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Stephanie Martin, a freelance journalist, has worked in Christian publishing for 28 years. She’s active at her church in Lakewood, Colorado, where she lives with her family.