How to Memorize a Verse in 3 Easy Steps

When I was a kid, it was easy to memorize a verse. In fact, my fifth-grade Sunday school class memorized whole chapters. But it’s a lot harder as an adult!

In January, when I decided to memorize a collection of verses called the Foundational Fifty, I went back to a simple technique my husband and I picked up years ago in a course from Moody Bible Institute.

Choose a verse or verses and the version of the Bible you want to use.
Let’s say you want to learn Hebrews 13:5-6, which talks about something more secure than money.

Keep your lives free from the love of money...
Keep your lives free from the love of money.

Write the text on one side of a card and its reference on the other side,
OR download preprinted verses, such as the Foundational Fifty, OR type a note on your smart phone so you can look at the reference without seeing the verse at the same time.

The reference alone is on one side of the card.
The reference alone is on one side of the card.
Hebrews 13:5-6
Hebrews 13:5-6

How to Memorize a Verse in 3 Easy Steps

1. Read aloud the reference and each phrase of the verse until you can say the entire thing perfectly one time without peeking. Put it away.

2. The next day, look at the reference and recite the verse from memory. If you can’t remember it, read and review it until you can say it once without looking.

3. Repeat Step 3 once a day for a month, and you’ve got it!


Additional Tips

  • Choose a keyword from the verse to associate with the reference. For Hebrews 13:5-6, I chose the word, “keep.”
  • Say the scripture reference “fore and aft” – before and after the verse. It helps you remember where to find it. I loved overhearing my mom reciting her verses to herself when I was a kid. They seemed mysterious, rich, and comforting.
  • After you review a verse once a day for a month, you can review it just once a week.
  • After you review it once a week for three months, you can review it just once a month. My husband reviews 72 verses – in 5 different languages – once a month.
  • If you’ve never tried memorizing scripture, start with a few favorite verses. You’ll be surprised at how they take root in your heart – you’ll be so blessed.

I hope you’ll give it a try.

Posted on May 19, 2015

4 thoughts on “How to Memorize a Verse in 3 Easy Steps

  1. Thanks for the tip, Norma. I’ve heard great things about Moody. I attended Multnomah grad school to get a Bible certificate. I had a lupus flare-up, so didn’t get the certificate but learned so much.

    1. You’re so fortunate to have gone to Multnomah. I only took 2 correspondence courses at Moody and learned a lot, too. Thanks for reading and commenting, Cherrie!

  2. Great Post! We try to memorize verses in our Girls’ Bible Study and this verse you posted was one of the verses for the year. On Saturday they recited as many as they could, and I was blessed just to hear them!

    By the way, nice picture for ‘secure’!

    1. What a blessing to know the girls are hiding scripture in their hearts! Thanks for sharing, Laurie. 🙂

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