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How To Memorize Bible Verses — Easily!

Get into God’s Word! Memorize Bible Verses, so He can get His Word into YOU!

I Know You Can Read. Do You Have A Sound Mind? Then You Can Memorize Bible Verses!

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David knew the importance of knowing the Word of God, to memorize Bible verses.
The expression “in my heart” means that the psalmist knew many verses “by heart”,
which is to say he committed it to memory.

Are you blessed by the verse and photo I used above? It occurred to me as I was in the process of putting together that photo and verse for this article that I was reaping the benefits of my own personal Scripture memory discipline, in that I didn’t have to search around for something appropriate.

That verse just “came to mind” as I was thinking about how to begin this article. If I had never taken the time to memorize Bible verses over the years, God would not have been able to bring it to my mind just when I needed it. And thus you would not have been blessed by it either.

That’s an example of the way God works in our lives!

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This is pretty technical, so read it with great care! Here’s What I Do To Memorize Bible Verses Every Morning:

  1. I go to where I have the Scriptures I want to memorize.

  2. I read through them, out loud, once every day.

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That’s The “WHAT”; Here’s The “HOW”!

Seven Steps: How To Memorize Bible Verses!

1 MAKE A DECISION! Decide TODAY that you WILL begin to memorize Bible verses. You know that the benefits are amazing beyond words. If you’re read the previous article, you know that Scripture memory is something God definitely wants you to do. You also know that the devil is going to try to make you talk yourself out of it. You know it’s natural to not have a built-in hunger for Scripture memory at first. If you feel something to the contrary, you can bet it’s because of the devil. Disregard your feelings, and go with the truth that you know.

2 CHOOSE A TIME OF DAY! Part of the process of forming a habit to memorize Bible verses daily is doing it at about the same time every day. Make it your top priority by doing it first in the morning. If that means going to bed a little earlier, DO IT! Getting into God’s Word first will align your thoughts with God’s thoughts and will set your mood for the whole day. You’ll be preaching the Gospel to yourself, which you need every day. It acts as an inoculation against the poisoning messages of the world around you.

3 CHOOSE SCRIPTURES TO MEMORIZE! This is very much a personal choice. You’ll want to memorize Bible verses or short passages of Scripture that speak to a need or a problem in your life. Get a pack of 3 x 5 cards, and write them out on the cards. Or, if you like, download and print out the pages of Scriptures I’ve provided here for you. OR, click the “Store” tab on the menu bar above and get a set of our Scripture memory cards. They come with a “How-To-Begin” brochure wrapped around them that explains what to do.

4 READ THEM OUT LOUD! If at all possible, read your verses out loud. Doing this seems to aid the memory process, as you are both seeing and hearing the verses you read. The process I’m advocating is to read as many verses as you want to memorize, once each day. Obviously, it will take more calendar time to get them all memorized. You won’t be able to recite them all by next Thursday. But I think you’ll find, as I did, that doing this is a great way to memorize Bible verses, and allows you to almost effortlessly learn as much Scripture as you want.


5 MEMORIZE THE REFERENCE! As you read your Scriptures, be sure to include the book, chapter, and verse. After all, you’ll want to be able to state where the verse you’re quoting came from so you can share it with others, right?

I’ve noticed that it seems to be easier to remember the actual verse than to remember the book/chapter/verse reference information. I’ve heard others say that, too.

My solution is to read the reference information twice: once at the beginning and again at the end, like this:

John three, verse sixteen:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
John three, verse sixteen.

6 STUDY THE PASSAGE! Here’s something that will help you really take hold of the Bible. For each Scripture, find it in your Bible and underline it. Study the context–what comes before the passage, and what comes right after it.

  • Does it contain a lesson for you to know? Take hold of it, and let it correct your course through life.
  • Does the passage illustrate a sin to avoid? Take note.
  • Is there a principle to live by? State it in your own words.
  • Does the passage call you to praise God? Praise Him.
  • Is there a promise from God? Believe it!
  • Jot notes in your journal. (You do have a journal, right? If not, get one.)
  • Also–and this is an often-overlooked step–study the margin references at the edge of the pages of your Bible, and see if the verse your are studying is linked to other passages in the Bible. If so, turn to those passages and study them in the same way.

You’ll be amazed at what you will learn. As you do all of that, know this:

Even as the Holy Spirit inspired the writers of Scripture to pen their words, He knew that thousands of years in the future, and in a language that did not as yet exist, the day would come when YOU would find that verse and be blessed by it.
Do you understand? It was written for you!

7 FIND WAYS TO SHARE IT! In 2001 God called me to write things like this, before “blogs” as we know them now even existed. A few year later, I accepted the challenge to teach a weekly Bible lesson for a church men’s group. (Not that I “knew it all”. But as someone has said, “in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king”.) I mention these things to make a point: I discovered that my own knowledge and understanding really soared when I switched from focusing on “what can I get for myself?” to “how can I explain these things to others?” So I urge you to find some way to share what you are learning with others. In the process, encourage others to memorize Bible verses also. In so doing, you will receive more than you give. You will realize that what you are doing is the work Jesus left for all of us to do. That’s why you and I are still here!

I’m now going to give you details of how I memorize Bible verses each day. But before I do, I want to emphasize this: I DID NOT START OUT WHERE I AM NOW!

I decided I wanted to memorize Bible verses first thing in the morning. So I have adopted the discipline of going to bed earlier than I used to–earlier than others in my family. I try to be in bed with the lights out by 9:30 in the evening.

As I said in an earlier article, I don’t even set the alarm clock. Because I have already chosen to get up early, I have also asked God and given Him permission to wake me when it’s time. I ask Him to waken me between 4:15 and 4:30, and He does.

Now That I’ve Said That, I Can Just Imagine What You Must Be Thinking

“Four-thirty in the Morning?? NO WAY!! I’m NOT a morning person!”

I absolutely understand that. My purpose is not to tamper with your sleeping habits. I’m just practicing “full disclosure”, telling you what works for me.

There is absolutely nothing in the Bible that says I have to do these things early in the morning. Having said that, there are numerous passages wherein people rose early for a particular purpose. Besides, I know myself well enough to know that if I don’t do it right away, I probably won’t get to it.

For that same reason, I follow my time when I memorize Bible verses with 20 minutes on my exercise machine. Get it done early, before beginning the tasks of the day.

I see this as giving God the “first-fruits” of my day. Besides, I’ve noticed that nobody puts demands on my time at 4:30 in the morning!

Plus, when I memorize Bible verses in the morning, I’m literally putting God’s thoughts into my mind! This re-calibrates, renews, refreshes, and strengthens my whole being for the trials of the day in ways I could not have imagined!

To be honest, I’m not a morning person either. My fleshly nature would very much rather stay in bed. But there’s something about this that’s different than just getting up to go to work or do yard chores or whatever. As I quoted in a previous article, “He wakens me morning by morning” (Isaiah 50:4). (See my article entitled Why Memorize Bible Verses.) God meets me there in a way that I had not anticipated and is hard to explain. I believe it’s what Jesus referred to in John 14:21 as Him manifesting Himself to me. (See the verse below):

When I found the following words of Jesus, they instantly resonated with my spirit. I believe His own Words describe what I am experiencing (emphasis mine):

Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father. And I will love him and manifest myself to him.” (John 14:21)

Manifest: “to show or demonstrate plainly; to reveal”

To see the verse in context, Click Here

In the early summer of 2011, I began reading through about 24 Scriptures I had printed on stiff (65#) paper. I used them all summer.

You are welcome to download PDF files with printable sheets of Scripture cards. You can cut them out with a scissors, or a ruler and a utility knife. Keep reading, and you’ll come to page images and the links.

Let me emphasize again: you likely won’t be doing it this way. Not everyone has a computer and printer. For many years, I hand-wrote Scriptures on 3 x 5 recipe cards. That works great too.

Same with the eBook. Late in the summer of 2011, I got the idea to make an eBook with all the verses I wanted to commit to memory. I didn’t know how to make eBooks at that point. But I had all the software tools to do it, so I taught myself how to make eBooks.

The result is the eBook I’m giving away here. (See the sidebar.)

You wouldn’t begin training to be a marathon runner by running 26 miles the first day. You would begin with shorter distance.

Also, would you begin a weight-lifting regimen by trying to lift the heaviest weights? Of course not. In the same way, don’t start to memorize Bible verses by spending hours.

So now, I read through three sets of 40 passages every day. I also read through 14 whole psalms and 5 whole chapters. It takes me about an hour-and-a-half each morning.

When I know these by heart very well, I’ll get together more sets of verses and begin reading them daily. If God wills, I plan to memorize Bible verses for the rest of my life.

The point is: now, I have all those Scriptures in my head!

I’m just telling you about what I’ve been doing. I realize that not many people will want to or be able to devote that much time to memorize Bible verses. So here’s my advice to you:


How much time you spend is not the issue. The goal here is to actually get started, then do it again the next day. Soon You will have developed a discipline–a habit–to memorize Bible verses at the same time and same place every day.

Here’s A Free Scripture Page To Help You Get Started!

Download the PDF file containing these pages. You can print them on standard 8-1/2 x 11 paper. (At the moment there is only one page; I will be adding more soon.)

Scripture memory 6-panel page

To open/print Set 1 in a separate window,  CLICK HERE 

Here’s an image of one of the pages in another PDF file that you can view, download, and print. There are seven pages, with 4 “cards” per page. If you can, print them on stiff paper such as 65# paper from an office supply store.

Scripture memory 3 x 5 cards, 4 per page

To open/print this PDF file in a separate window,  CLICK HERE 

~ Jan

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  • Bo November 4, 2015, 4:50 PM

    Will try this and see how it sticks over the next few months. Thank you for the tips. Yes scripture is key in resisting and defeating the devil.

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  • Christie August 4, 2015, 3:02 AM

    Yey! This is too helpful in validating my morning routines. I have attempted several times but It’s been too hard to be consistent. Really. But because of your writing. I am very much eager to start again.
    Thanks for this:)

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    • Jan Smith August 4, 2015, 7:18 AM

      Christie, I’m so glad you found this article, and that you have decided to put God’s Word into your mind. And you realize, don’t you: the verses you choose began as thoughts in the Mind of God in eternity past! These are things God waned every person to know. And you’re getting it! You are about to be sooooo blessed! Now, don’t let the devil talk you out of it. He will try very hard to keep you from internalizing God’s Word.

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  • carolyn June 29, 2014, 11:35 PM

    Thank you for making this work available to the public. God is merciful and full of grace, I stumbled upon your website, I was going to say by accident, but I believe it was at the prompting of the Spirit, I have been dealing a lot with fear issues lately as we approach harder times on earth, the enemy has been using fear tactics and lies and has been affecting my sleep. My generic google search question was (WHAT SATAN DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT FEAR) which brought me here. I have dissected a huge part of your site and plan to read it all. Very helpful, nicely done, Blessings

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    • Jan Smith June 30, 2014, 2:33 PM

      Hi, Carolyn,
      Thanks for your kind words. Your comments are a real encouragement to me.
      When I write these articles, I have no way of knowing whether or not anyone will ever read them. I so want to pass along to others what God has poured into me over the past 20+ years. ~ Jan

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  • Lo May 20, 2014, 3:34 PM

    Ive already subscribed to your email list, and have ordered your scripture cards,
    I just want to encourage you again, that the ministry the Lord has given you has greatly encouraged me and many others!!
    Praise God and thanks for paying the price for the revelations you have recieved,
    I know this doesn’t come cheap.
    Great will be your reward.

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    • Jan Smith May 20, 2014, 7:02 PM

      Thank you so much, Louise.
      You are right about the price. Lots of time in God’s “university of adversity”!

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  • princess April 19, 2014, 4:36 AM

    i ve hunger and thirst to know the scriptures by heart..nd eureka! I ve found it…am so pleased..i jst hope i wud b able to get through with all the process..tnk u sir for the hint

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    • Michael Gallardo April 20, 2014, 9:36 PM

      In the process of going through a break up? What’s good scripture to read?

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  • Michael Gallardo April 11, 2014, 1:03 PM

    I was never really big on religion. I was more of the conspiracy type person, but for some reason every time I read anything to do with Jesus or God I always get this feeling that generates inside of me. I just can’t explain it. The fallen one continues to try and stop me from reading scripture and I will be honest he has won a few battles. Yet, I still always find myself crawling right back wanting to feed my spirit with the true food for us. I just wanted to leave a quick comment because what you have done here is amazing. Even if its just one person you push towards the light, that is a remarkable feeling. Thank you for the help and guidance.

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    • Jan Smith April 11, 2014, 2:17 PM

      Michael, I once was a lot like that; I thought all God wanted was for me to be in church on Sunday. So there I was, but my mind was mostly elsewhere. It wasn’t til I began learning the Bible (mostly by listening to the radio) that all this began to make sense. Now, like the blind man in John 9:25, “…One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” ~ Jan

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  • Verna Brooks January 4, 2014, 3:09 PM

    I really want to do this. So keep me in your prayers and encourage me when you can. I am going to give it a try. It will help me in my prayer time and delivering the word to people.

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  • Sherrey Moore January 1, 2014, 12:29 PM

    Thank you for your post. I was asked to teach an Adult Sunday School Class last April. I had never taught adults before but felt the call on my life. It is only by the Grace of God that I can do this. I will be sharing this with the class. It is absolutely necessary to know the Word of God to survive in this world we are traveling through. We must know and retain and then practice His Holy Word, not just for our self but to share with others.

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    • Jan Smith January 1, 2014, 3:06 PM

      How right you are, Sherrey, about the need for the Word of God for survival.

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