25 Bible Verses to Know

One of our Bible study participants said, "I just do not know the Bible very well." I suspect there are a lot of us like that.  "Surely", he said, "there are a few verses I can know and be more comfortable in a conversation." The verses below are some that I remember as key verses.  If you have a favorite verse, email me and I will try to add it.

The scriptures are linked to a Bible source.  I have linked it to both the NIV translation and The Message.  The NIV is a word for word translation with which most of you are familiar.  The Message is a thought for thought translation with which most are not familiar but which coveys the same thought as the original. For a few of the passages, the King James version is shown because it is the most familiar.

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In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. 
And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

For I am the LORD your God 
who takes hold of your right hand 
and says to you, Do not fear; 
I will help you.

Above all, love each other deeply, 
because love covers over a multitude of sins.

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

I know what I'm doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, 
not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.

"The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; 
the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.”

Matthew 6:24-29
 learn especially verse 25 and 26
No one can serve two masters. 
Either you will hate the one and love the other, 
or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. 
You cannot serve both God and money.

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, 
what you will eat or drink; or about your body,
 what you will wear. Is not life more than food, 
and the body more than clothes? 

learn especially verse 16, Read these verses in The Message as well
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, 
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

 there are three verses to learn, vs 31, vs32, vs35
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? 
If God is for us, who can be against us?

He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—
how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? 
Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or 
nakedness or danger or sword?

there are four passages to learn, v10-12, v20, v22-24, v28
There is no one righteous, not even one;
 there is no one who understands;
   there is no one who seeks God.
All have turned away,
   they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
   not even one.

Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s 
sight by the works of the law; rather, 
through the law we become conscious of our sin.

This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. 
There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned 
and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by 
his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 

For we maintain that a person is justified by 
faith apart from the works of the law.

This is the psalm Jesus shouted from the Cross.
The quote seems to reflect the despair of Jesus, 
but it really is a Psalm of praise.
Learn v 1-3 but know the whole Psalms.
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? 
Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? 
My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest.
Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the one Israel praises.

 memorize it! The KJV is the most popular version.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: 

he leadeth me beside the still waters.
 He restoreth my soul: 

he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, 

I will fear no evil:
for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

 memorize v 26 from The Message
The very moment you separate body and spirit, you end up with a corpse. 
Separate faith and works and you get the same thing: a corpse.

Luke 6:38 and Matthew 7:1-2 are key
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, 
shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. 
For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 
For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with 
the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
   “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye 
and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?  
How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ 
when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?  
You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and 
then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

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