How do you memorize Bible verses?

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When it comes to quoting scripture I am terrible at it. I can't remember the exact words mentioned in the verse and let's not even talk about citing the reference.

IMO things that are worth memorizing are Jesus' spoken words, God's laws and promises to the people of Israel, and biblical advice from the Psalms and Proverbs.

I read the Bible regularly and I'm quite familiar with the stories. I can remember a sequence of events but I need some tips on how to study the bible in such a way that I will remember verses that are really important. I know the easy stuff like reading something over and over until it sticks and writing down memory verses. Perhaps some of you here might have other ways that have worked for you that you could share.
 
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When it comes to quoting scripture I am terrible at it. I can't remember the exact words mentioned in the verse and let's not even talk about citing the reference.

IMO things that are worth memorizing are Jesus' spoken words, God's laws and promises to the people of Israel, and biblical advice from the Psalms and Proverbs.

I read the Bible regularly and I'm quite familiar with the stories. I can remember a sequence of events but I need some tips on how to study the bible in such a way that I will remember verses that are really important. I know the easy stuff like reading something over and over until it sticks and writing down memory verses. Perhaps some of you here might have other ways that have worked for you that you could share.
To tell you the truth, I am not the one to answer your question.
The other day I was standing in the bathroom and I could not remember if I was coming in or leaving it.
 
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To tell you the truth, I am not the one to answer your question.
The other day I was standing in the bathroom and I could not remember if I was coming in or leaving it.
It's a good thing I wasn't having a drink as I read that otherwise I'd be wiping orange juice off of my keyboard and screen :ROFLMAO:
Thank you for taking the time to comment Major. Gives me someone to reply to at the very least.

After I wrote the OP God did show one other way to memorize scripture - we can pray and ask God to let the words of the Bible really connect with us in Spirit. For example, the verse "Let he who has never sinned throw the first stone" has stuck with me for as long as I can remember because I found a deep connection with that situation in the Bible and how Jesus saved that poor woman with such wisdom. Another is "Whose face is on the Roman coin.. Then give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and give to God what belongs to God." This one I remember because I love how the Pharisees were trying to trap Jesus with words but He was too wise for them. :cool:
 

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When it comes to quoting scripture I am terrible at it. I can't remember the exact words mentioned in the verse and let's not even talk about citing the reference.

IMO things that are worth memorizing are Jesus' spoken words, God's laws and promises to the people of Israel, and biblical advice from the Psalms and Proverbs.

I read the Bible regularly and I'm quite familiar with the stories. I can remember a sequence of events but I need some tips on how to study the bible in such a way that I will remember verses that are really important. I know the easy stuff like reading something over and over until it sticks and writing down memory verses. Perhaps some of you here might have other ways that have worked for you that you could share.
I have found that it just takes practice. The more you memorize the more your mind will remember. One starts off small, like you said repeating it outloud to yourself over and over. the more I hear and read a verse, the more it sticks with me.

Blessings
 

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When it comes to quoting scripture I am terrible at it. I can't remember the exact words mentioned in the verse and let's not even talk about citing the reference.

IMO things that are worth memorizing are Jesus' spoken words, God's laws and promises to the people of Israel, and biblical advice from the Psalms and Proverbs.

I read the Bible regularly and I'm quite familiar with the stories. I can remember a sequence of events but I need some tips on how to study the bible in such a way that I will remember verses that are really important. I know the easy stuff like reading something over and over until it sticks and writing down memory verses. Perhaps some of you here might have other ways that have worked for you that you could share.
For me I like to thank God before I read and well all through out the day.
I speak that His word is always alive in me and it always speaks to me and I retain His word within me.
Scripture says His sheep hear His voice and I am a sheep so I thank Him that I hear His voice.

Makes a huge difference in my life.
Blessings
FCJ
 
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When it comes to quoting scripture I am terrible at it. I can't remember the exact words mentioned in the verse and let's not even talk about citing the reference.

IMO things that are worth memorizing are Jesus' spoken words, God's laws and promises to the people of Israel, and biblical advice from the Psalms and Proverbs.

I read the Bible regularly and I'm quite familiar with the stories. I can remember a sequence of events but I need some tips on how to study the bible in such a way that I will remember verses that are really important. I know the easy stuff like reading something over and over until it sticks and writing down memory verses. Perhaps some of you here might have other ways that have worked for you that you could share.
I never was one to memorize books, chapters and verse numbers, but I'd look up if I needed to quote them. Otherwise, I remember what it says "God so loved the world" and then I'll search that phrase and find John 3:16. When I used to read paper bibles, I used to be able to tell in which of the four columns it was in too - just not what book or chapter :D Now I can't remember what I had for lunch. :p
 

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I never was one to memorize books, chapters and verse numbers, but I'd look up if I needed to quote them. Otherwise, I remember what it says "God so loved the world" and then I'll search that phrase and find John 3:16. When I used to read paper bibles, I used to be able to tell in which of the four columns it was in too - just not what book or chapter :D Now I can't remember what I had for lunch. :p
Lunch? You get lunch? Oh boy I be missen out on that
 
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I never was one to memorize books, chapters and verse numbers, but I'd look up if I needed to quote them. Otherwise, I remember what it says "God so loved the world" and then I'll search that phrase and find John 3:16. When I used to read paper bibles, I used to be able to tell in which of the four columns it was in too - just not what book or chapter :D Now I can't remember what I had for lunch. :p
Oh no haven't you read where it says "Blessed are those who remember what they had for lunch; for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven"? Abdicate you're really missing out on God's best here. :giggle:

Indeed the internet is a great way to look up verses because even the simplest keywords will produce the right portion of scripture. But I memorize scripture because when I speak to the youth at my church I can explain Christ-like behavior better when I have an example on-hand. They might not take me at my words alone but they won't deny it when I include an example from the Bible. :)
 

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Oh no haven't you read where it says "Blessed are those who remember what they had for lunch; for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven"? Abdicate you're really missing out on God's best here. :giggle:

Indeed the internet is a great way to look up verses because even the simplest keywords will produce the right portion of scripture. But I memorize scripture because when I speak to the youth at my church I can explain Christ-like behavior better when I have an example on-hand. They might not take me at my words alone but they won't deny it when I include an example from the Bible. :)
Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
 
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Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
I wrote a bit on why it's good to memorize the scriptures, so you can meditate on them: http://abdicate.net/blog/?p=161
 

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I wrote a bit on why it's good to memorize the scriptures, so you can meditate on them: http://abdicate.net/blog/?p=161
I shall check it out, right after lunch!!
:whistle::ROFLMAO:

Then I remembered Abdicate I am still looking for the missing lunches so I went ahead and read it and now I can say I ate.
Thank you for sharing this.
Blessings
FCJ
 
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When it comes to quoting scripture I am terrible at it. I can't remember the exact words mentioned in the verse and let's not even talk about citing the reference.

IMO things that are worth memorizing are Jesus' spoken words, God's laws and promises to the people of Israel, and biblical advice from the Psalms and Proverbs.

I read the Bible regularly and I'm quite familiar with the stories. I can remember a sequence of events but I need some tips on how to study the bible in such a way that I will remember verses that are really important. I know the easy stuff like reading something over and over until it sticks and writing down memory verses. Perhaps some of you here might have other ways that have worked for you that you could share.
Some times I feel my 5 year old daughter knows more memory verses than me! :)
I am still working on this. I know the meaning of Bible verses, but cannot quote them word to word in most of the cases.
I think it is definitely important for believers to memorize verses. Not necessarily the whole Bible. But verses that God used to speak to us. Psalmist said he hid God's word in his heart. See, I know Psalmist said this. But don't know which verse and book :)
 
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Some times I feel my 5 year old daughter knows more memory verses than me! :)
I am still working on this. I know the meaning of Bible verses, but cannot quote them word to word in most of the cases.
I think it is definitely important for believers to memorize verses. Not necessarily the whole Bible. But verses that God used to speak to us. Psalmist said he hid God's word in his heart. See, I know Psalmist said this. But don't know which verse and book :)
We had a wonderful lady in our church who had memorized the entire New Testament. She passed away bout 10 years ago at the age of 89, but right up until she died, anyone could say a passage in the New Test. and she would immediately quote that passage word for word.

She was absolutely amazing.

I have to carry a drivers license not so I can drive, but so that I can pull it out and see where I live so I can get back home.
 
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My mother tongue is Tamil. It is a south Indian language. Unlike English, we have only one Tamil translation of Bible. The great thing is, all Tamil bibles are printed the exact same way. They all have same number of pages. Only difference would be size due to different font size. If a verse is 529th page, it would be same in every Bible. It is quite amazing.
One of our friend's dad knew scriptures so well. He would even tell the page number of a particular verse! :) He cannot do this for all the verses. But for most of the well known Bible promises. If he finds someone struggling to find a verse, he would help them by saying page number :)
 
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I wrote a bit on why it's good to memorize the scriptures, so you can meditate on them: http://abdicate.net/blog/?p=161
Thank you Abdicate for the link. I read it and the part that really stood out to me was George Mueller's revelation about meditating on the Word of God. Later I reread the very familiar passage on the parable of the four soils (Matthew 13) and meditated on it. Having read that passage over a dozen times I was skeptical if I would learn anything new. Lo and behold God revealed amazing things to me that I had missed for Years!
 
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Thank you Abdicate for the link. I read it and the part that really stood out to me was George Mueller's revelation about meditating on the Word of God. Later I reread the very familiar passage on the parable of the four soils (Matthew 13) and meditated on it. Having read that passage over a dozen times I was skeptical if I would learn anything new. Lo and behold God revealed amazing things to me that I had missed for Years!
Thanks, but it was God's advice to Joshua :)

Joshua 1:8 (KJV)
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.​

The cool thing about this word meditate is that in the Hebrew, it means to mutter under your breath. So by muttering the word of God, thinking on it, it enters your ears, from your own voice. And what happens when this occurs?

Romans 10:17 (KJV)
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Scientists say that if we repeat something we don't yet believe with our own voice, we will eventually change our beliefs, which is Greek for repent - to change your mind!
 
I use the old mnemonic method...say out loud and write it down seven times in a row...then for one entire day keep taking it out and read it out loud...this technique uses mind, eyes, ears, muscles, nerves, and emotion...then trust that when you need it the Spirit WILL bring to your remembrance all He has taught you (and indeed He will even at the oddest times)
 
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Thanks, but it was God's advice to Joshua :)

Joshua 1:8 (KJV)
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.​

The cool thing about this word meditate is that in the Hebrew, it means to mutter under your breath. So by muttering the word of God, thinking on it, it enters your ears, from your own voice. And what happens when this occurs?

Romans 10:17 (KJV)
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Scientists say that if we repeat something we don't yet believe with our own voice, we will eventually change our beliefs, which is Greek for repent - to change your mind!
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Hey, it really worked!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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