What is your favorite Bible verse?

Next week, our third grade Sunday School children each will receive their own Bible, which this year, my older daughter will be included. Part of the process involves parents selecting their favorite Bible verses and highlighting them, so that when the children read through their Bible, they will be able to share this with them.

Now, I imagine for most parents who have gone through Sunday School and otherwise grew up in a church already have a bunch of favorite Bible verses. For me, this isn’t the case; I was only baptized at the end of 2005. I suppose I could skim through and try to find meaningful passages, but for some reason it just seems wrong to do that.

So, I put out a call to my Twitter friends asking for their favorite Bible verses and several people responded! Here’s the first few responses that came in:

  • Micah 7:8 – “8Do not rejoice over me, O my enemy. Though I fall I will rise; Though I dwell in darkness, the LORD is a light for me.” [from @jaymartinez]
  • Proverbs 31:8-9 – “8Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. 9Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” [from @jerseymomma]
  • Leviticus 24:15 – “15And speak to the people of Israel, saying: Anyone who curses God shall bear the sin.” [from @jgrossberg]
  • Exodus 21:17 – “17Whoever curses father or mother shall be put to death.” [from @jgrossberg]
  • Matthew 6:28-34 – “28And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, 29yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 30But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31Therefore do not worry, saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear?” 32For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” [from @suebob]
  • Psalm 118:24 – “24This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” [from @suebob]
  • John 14:18 – “18I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you.” [from @suebob]
  • 1 Corinthians 15:56 – “56The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.” [from @harda]
  • John 14:6 – “6Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” [from @ronaldbradford]
  • Matthew 5:1-12 – The Beatitudes [from @ronaldbradford]
  • Genesis 1:1 – “1In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth,” [from @ronaldbradford]

Some of my own favorites (that aren’t included above) that I’ve learned so far through the few years I’ve been regularly attending Sunday services include:

  • 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 – “4Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant 5or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. 7It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end.”
  • Ephesians 2:8 – “8For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God—”
  • Titus 3:5 – “5he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.”
  • Romans 12:2 – “2Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
  • John 13:34 – “34I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.”
  • James 1:5 – “5If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you.”
  • Hebrews 13:5 – “5Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, ‘I will never leave you or forsake you.’”
  • Galatians 3:28 – “28There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.”
  • James 2:14 – “14What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you?”

Do you have a favorite Bible passage that isn’t listed above? I’d really love to know what it is–tell me what it is in the comments below. Thanks.

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