Most important scripture verses to memorize

Catholics are often criticized for their lack of knowledge of the Bible. Yes the mass, and the rosary are very scripture focused, but I wish I could recite more of the scriptures. I believe the more I had memorized, the more I could pull something out in a time of need.

In an effort to make God’s Word a more integral part of my life, I am trying to memorize passages. What verses have you memorized or do you feel is important to memorize and why?

Verses I have memorized so far:
the Magnificat: Luke 1:46-55
Canticle of Zechariah: Luke 1:68-79
Psalm 23

And which verses do you believe every Catholic should know by heart?

I Samuel 17:26. (Look it up.) :slight_smile:

why that verse?
1 Samuel 17

Because the critics who get after us for “not knowing the Bible” because we can’t cite chapter and verse are nothing but a bunch of philistines who don’t understand what’s really important.

Marcus Grodi’s Top Ten
(1) Proverbs 3:5-6
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

(2) 1 Timothy 3:14-15
14 I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these instructions to you so that, 15 if I am delayed, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of the truth.

(3) 2 Timothy 3:14-17
14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 *All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

(4) 2 Thessalonians 2:15
15 So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the* traditions* which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter.

(5) Matthew 16:13-19
13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do men say that the Son of man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

(6) Revelation 14:13
13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord henceforth.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!”

(7) Romans 10:14-15
14 But how are men to call upon him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without a preacher? 15 And ** how can men preach unless they are sent*? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach good news!”

(8) John 15:4
4 ** Abide* in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you *abide in me.

(9) Colossians 1:24
24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and* in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church.*

(10) Luke 1:46-49
46 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed; 49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.


  • No “New” Testament yet,Septuagint with Deuterocanonicals only Scriptures Timothy would have studied.
    ** Who “sent” a pastor to your / my Church

    • John 6:56 (RSV) *"**He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him."



Sometimes reciting scripture seems like it turns into vain repetition. (Matthew 6:7)

I am a former Southern Baptist, and I memorized various Scriptures for various reasons, whether it was to try to lead someone to Christ, or to defend a doctrine. As a Catholic I have memorized certain Scriptures that relate to key Doctrines of our Faith, such as Papacy verses, Eucharistic passages, Tradition, Confession, etc. I memorize passages just in case I’m away from my computer or a Bible and I have to debate on the spot. But to be honest I don’t find myself having to debate the way I was expecting to when I became a Catholic, one reason is because I pick my battles wisely, some debates do more harm than good, and another reason is because most people who know me and who disagree with me realize that I am a studier and they better have their ducks in row.

My suggestion is to learn key Doctrines and those passages in Scripture that back it up, especially hot topics such as Papacy, Apostolic Succession, Tradition, and the Sacraments. Non-Catholics need to see more Catholics who can talk Scripture with them and not give them the “deer in the headlight look” when they are confronted about their Faith. I get soooooo sick of seeing Catholics who act like they are out of their comfort zone when the Bible or God is struck up in a conversation.

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