Scriptural Gems: 15 Popular Verses to Keep Close to Your Heart

🌺  Written by Brittany Ann

With over 31,000 verses in the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is it possible to even pick a favorite one?

We don’t think so! That’s why we’ve selected 15 timeless, encouraging, and powerful Bible verses you’ll want to keep close to your heart and meditate on day and night.

These verses aren’t just meant for yourself though; share these with a friend or loved one and bring encouragement to their day too!

1. John 3:16

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“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.” – John 3:16

Probably the most popular Bible verse of all time – and for good reason. The whole Gospel of Christianity is summed up in one sentence. God’s love comes with a promise; if we believe in Him, He will give us eternal life.

2. Psalm 23:6

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“Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” – Psalm 23:6

How comforting to know that God’s goodness and love will be with us on Earth and that we can look forward to eternal life with Him!

3. Romans 8:28

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“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. ” -Romans 8:28

Even when there is trouble everywhere you look, we can trust that God works for good. We have been called by Him and He will protect and care for us.

4. Psalm 23:4

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“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” -Psalm 23:4

Take comfort that God will never leave you. Just as a shepherd’s staff guides and protects sheep, God directs our paths through the peaks and valleys of life.

5. Jeremiah 29:11

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“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” -Jeremiah 29:11

God’s plans are never to harm us. Rather, He promises hope and a future if we love and obey Him.

6. Matthew 6:33

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“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” -Matthew 6:33

God promises to give us abundantly more than we could ever hope or ask for, as long as it is within His will. If we seek God first, He will give us the desires of our hearts.

7. Joshua 1:9

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“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” -Joshua 1:9

This verse is a wonderful reminder for us during uncertain times or major life changes. God invites us to be strong and courageous, with the promise that He will be with us wherever we go.

8. Psalm 23:1-3

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“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.” -Psalm 23:1-3

Psalm 23 is also called “The Funeral Prayer” because it offers great comfort and peace during times of mourning. We can rest assured that God brings us great peace, even in times of deep sadness.

9. Matthew 11:28

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“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” -Matthew 11:28

Are you weary or burdened? (Who isn’t?) Come to Jesus and He will bring rest to your soul.

10. Philippians 4:6

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“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” -Philippians 4:6

What helps with anxiety? In every situation, be thankful to God and pray to Him for what you need. Use this verse as a reminder to help you draw near to God.

11. Philippians 4:7

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“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:7

This verse follows directly after Philippians 4:6 for good reason. Why should we not be anxious and instead pray about our concerns with God? So that the peace of God can protect our hearts and minds and comfort us in our times of need.

12. Romans 12:2

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“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing, and perfect will.” -Romans 12:2

The Christian life isn’t just about your heart. God commands us to renew our minds, or read the Bible and remember what it says. Only then will we be able to know God’s will and stay faithful to Him.

13. Proverbs 3:5-6

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“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” -Proverbs 3:5-6

Trusting in God will give us peace – we do not need to rely on our own limited understanding. After all, God can be trusted. He knows and sees all, and He wants the best for us!

14. John 16:33

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“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” -John 16:33

Even when there is chaos and turmoil everywhere you look, remember this: Jesus has overcome the world. As a Christian, you can have hope that there is more to life than the evil you see today.

15. Isaiah 41:10

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“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.” -Isaiah 41:10

The Bible is FULL of promises from God about his nearness, protection, and comfort. We can trust Him to help us in our time of need – He is our God!

How to Memorize Scripture (Quickly and Easily!)

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The Bible is FULL of so much wisdom, understanding, and encouragement we want to have with us wherever we go, but most of us don’t have endless hours to sit in prayer, study, and memorize verses as much as we would like.

Instead, we need to learn how to memorize Scriptures quickly, easily, and effectively. Here’s how you can.

How to Memorize Scripture (Quickly and Easily!)

7 Best Bible Apps for Christian Women — All Free!

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Ever wish you could read the Bible more regularly or study the Bible more in-depth? Well… There’s an app for that!

Whether you’re looking for an interesting Bible reading plan, an audio version to read the Bible to you, or in-depth Bible studies led by trained pastors, these ten popular Bible study apps allow you to take Scripture with you wherever you go. Plus, they’re free!

Find the 7 Best Bible Study Apps Here

10 Best Bible Studies for Women to Help You Grow in Faith

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Want to dive deeper into regular Bible study, but you’re not sure where to start? We’ve compiled a list of the most popular, most highly recommended Bible studies for Christian women today.

10 Best Bible Studies for Women to Help You Grow in Faith

The 60 Best Bible Verses About Loving Others (for Every Occasion)

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No matter what you are experiencing in your life, God has provided us with many Bible verses to guide us on our journey of showing more love to those around us. Check out this list for the best Bible verses about loving God and loving others.

The 60 Best Bible Verses About Loving Others (for Every Occasion)

Have You Prayed Today? 15 Short Prayers That Are Highly Effective

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Prayer is a powerful way to connect with the divine, seek guidance, and find solace in times of need. While long, heartfelt prayers have their place, short prayers can be equally effective in conveying our thoughts and feelings to a higher power.

These fifteen short prayers are highly effective and easy to incorporate into your daily life.

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About the author

Brittany Ann is an ECPA bestselling author of “Fall in Love with God’s Word” and “Follow God’s Will” and the founder of, a popular Christian-living website dedicated to helping busy Christian moms find practical ways to go "all in" in faith and family. Her work has been featured on CBN, The Christian Post, Crosswalk, and more.

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