Top 10 Scripture Verses to Memorize with Your Children

Memorize scripture with children

(This post, first published in 2010, continues to be very popular. I’ve added a pdf version so that you can print out the verses to use with your family. The link is at the end.)

One of the things we are doing is trying to memorize scripture with Andrew.  We want him to develop a love of scripture, encourage character development and promote growth of virtue. Normally, we make it part of our home-schooling day, but I’ve slacked off a bit over the summer. 🙂

It is a lot of fun learning scripture with Andrew! We make a game of it and we take turns testing each other. He gets a real kick out of “being the “teacher”. lol!

With our home-school starting up again, we are getting back on track. Here some of the scripture verses that we will be working on memorizing over this school year:

1. Colossians 3:20 “Children obey your parents in everything for this is pleasing to the Lord.”

2. Exodus 24:7 “All that the Lord has spoken we will do.”

3. Psalm 111:10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”

4. 1 John 4:8 “God is love.”

5. Ephesians 6:11 “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”

6. Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

7. Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, as it is the wellspring of life.”

8. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave us His only begotten Son; so that anyone who believes in Him may not perish, but may have eternal life.”

9. Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

10. Psalm 107:1 “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His mercy endures forever.”

What about you? What are your favorite scripture verses? What favorite scripture verses are you memorizing with your family? Do share in the comments!

(This is linked to Top 10 Tuesday and Works for me Wednesday.)

UPDATE: I made a PDF out of these scripture verses in case you wanted to memorize some (or all) of them with your family. Rather than writing each one out, feel free to print out the PDF here: Scripture Verses to Memorize with Children No opt-in required.


  1. We recently memorized Isiah 41:10 (from Seeds Worship CD, have you heard these?) and it is such a powerful one for my daughter with fearful tendencies!

    Thanks for linking up today!

  2. SimpleCatholic says

    Oh, that’s a good verse! Will have to add it to my list. 🙂

    I haven’t heard of the Seeds Worship CD; but will check it out.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  3. theresa alescio says

    my favorite “do unto others as you would have done unto you”

  4. SimpleCatholic says

    That’s a good one too, Theresa. Thanks for sharing (The passage is from Matthew 7:12, btw. 🙂 )

  5. Beautiful list!! I have to admit I am bad about this; my kids could say a Hail Mary from real early on but I need to do a better job with scripture memorization. Wonderful!!
    Jen @ BigBinder…recently posted…What to do WednesdayMy Profile

  6. SimpleCatholic says

    Thank you, Jen!

  7. Mine is “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” and “Philip, he who sees me sees the Father.”
    Barb…recently posted…Sunday Snippets – A Catholic CarnivalMy Profile

  8. SimpleCatholic says

    Those are good ones. Thanks for sharing, Barb!

  9. What about you? What are your favorite scripture verses?

    My favorite verse has long been Matthew 6:33, probably because I like the hymn “Seek Ye First” but also think the verse is a provoking conclusion to Matthew 6.

    I haven’t memorized Scripture since college when I only managed a handful of favorites, Is. 55:10-11, Romans 12 and those thrust upon me by well-intentioned peers, 1 John 1:9, Eph. 2:8-9. I tried to get back into memorizing in my middle age here but just don’t seem to have the brain cells for it anymore.

    Do it while you’re young! I wish I had.

  10. SimpleCatholic says

    You’ve offered some great verses, Moonshadow, thank you!

    I’m sorry to say that if I didn’t have a 5 year old, I don’t think I’d be so diligent in memorizing scripture, either. :/

    Thanks for stopping by.

  11. Great list and a great idea.

    My favorite verse is Matthew 28:20 – I am with you always, until the end of the age.

    I am praying for you to do well on your exam!
    Colleen…recently posted…A Little Faith Goes a Long WayMy Profile

    • SimpleCatholic says

      Oh I love that one, too!

      Thanks for the prayers. I really need them. This particular class is very challenging…

  12. Diane Dunn says

    I teach fifth graders and they memorize one Scripture every week.

  13. SimpleCatholic says

    That’s great, Diane!

  14. Matthew 4:16 is now one of my favorites, “the people living in darkness have seen a great light;
    on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned” when I read this verse during mass, I claimed it as my favorite. You might ask yourself why? Why this verse? It’s because I go through a lot of stuff in my life and this shows that everyone can recover from those dark times.

  15. Thanks for including the PDF! I’m making a Morning Time binder with memory work for us to do, and I am so glad this came up on my Google search.
    Maxine Nunez…recently posted…Fall Veggie SoupMy Profile

  16. Great Post. I love to know more about scriptures. Even my baby , he is also interested in scriptures.
    topweblists…recently posted…Top 10 Scariest Video GamesMy Profile

  17. I am very glad for the guide, my little ones back at home will enjoy it! God bless you


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