How to Memorize Bible Verses: 9 Steps

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How to Memorize Bible Verses: 9 Steps
How to Memorize Bible Verses: 9 Steps

Memorizing God's Word has a number of benefits. Chief among them is that whenever you're having a hard time, you can turn to something the Lord has said through the Bible. Furthermore, this memorization is also a biblical command and appears no less than seventeen times in the Holy Book. Start following the tips below and see what enters your head!


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Step 1. Go to a quiet, empty place

You need a quiet place where no one will interrupt your study, like your bedroom. Sit in a comfortable chair, turn off any music that's playing, and put your phone on silent. It's time to focus.

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Step 2. Ask God to help you understand the meaning of each verse

You can pray often, but you'll only know how much God works in your life if you start talking to Him on a daily basis. Create this dialogue and ask for help to understand everything that goes on around you.

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Step 3. Memorize the verse reference

Say the verse reference aloud (such as "John 3:16" for example) twice: once before and after reading. You will be able to memorize these details better.

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Step 4. Repeat the verse out loud

Vary the speed of this repetition, but always try to pronounce each word clearly.

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Step 5. Focus on the most important words in each verse

For example, if you want to memorize John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life," the most important words are "God", "loved", "Son", "all", "believe", "perish", "life" and "eternal". Then try to recite the entire passage.

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Step 6. Play a memory game

Write the verse you want to memorize on a small or large whiteboard. Read it a few times and then erase two words at a time. Keep repeating the exercise until nothing is written. If you can recite the entire verse, congratulations!

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Step 7. Repeat this exercise every day

Recite verses at any time, whether in your head or out loud: in line at the supermarket, when taking a walk with the dog, etc. Train even with your friends and family (if they let you, of course)!

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Step 8. Write the verses on sheets of paper using colored markers

Distribute these sheets in the places in the house where you circulate the most, such as your bedroom wall, bathroom mirror, etc.

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Step 9. Study verses that have to do with memory

The main examples are John 14:26, 1 John 2:20, 1 Corinthians 1:5, Proverbs 10:7, 1 Corinthians 2:16, Hebrews 8:10 and Psalm 19.


  • Several parts of the Bible say that God will give the necessary knowledge (in this case, the power of memorization) to those who believe and follow Jesus' way. The prime examples are John 14:26, Isaiah 11:2, 1 John 2:20, 1 Corinthians 1:5, 1 Corinthians 2:16, Sals 119:99-100, and 1 John 2:27. Try reading them and see if they yield results!
  • Search for memorization games on the internet and in Bible study books.
  • Each time you read a verse in your head, repeat it out loud five times.
  • Remember that what matters most to God is not memorization but obedience to His word.
  • Scholars believe that a person needs to read a verse aloud a hundred times to actually memorize its contents.
  • Don't be in a hurry to recite any verses. Always think about clarity.
  • Turn the verses into music and sing around!
  • If you have a talent for music, how about starting to sing in your church's choir or band?
  • Make it a habit to study a little Bible every day.
  • This is also true for mobile apps: try to find one that has to do with the Bible and download it to your smartphone.

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