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9 Favorite Scripture Verses

On my post “6 Favorite Prayers,” Beyond Blue reader June wrote: “Thank you so much for these!?Will there be a sequel?”
Here my sequel! 9 of my favorite scripture verses …
Ecclesiastes 3: A Time for Everything
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
John 14:27: Peace I Leave You
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you: not as the world gives, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Psalm 46:10: Be Still
Be still and know that I am God.


Matthew 5:3-10: The Eight Beatitudes
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall posses the land.
Blessed are they who mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Luke 1:46-55: The Magnificat
My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has
regarded the low estate of his handmaiden
For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed;
for He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name.
And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with His am, He has scattered the proud in the
imagination of their hearts,
He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted those of low degree.
He has filled the empty with good things, and the rich He has sent empty away.
He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy, as He spoke
to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity forever.
Psalm 23: The Lord Is My Shepherd
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Joshua 1:9: Be Not Afraid
Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
Psalm 91: Abiding in the Shadow of the Most High
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
If you make the Most High your dwelling–even the Lord, who is my refuge–then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
“Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
1 Corinthians 13: Love Is Patient
If I speak in human and angelic tongues 2 but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal.
And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing.
If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, (love) is not pompous, it is not inflated,
it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury,
it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth.
It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails. If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing.
For we know partially and we prophesy partially,
but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.
When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things.
At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known.
So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
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  • Bernadine Eledge

    When my beautiful bi-polar daughter isn’t doing well I start my prayers with Judith 9:11b-12.
    But you are the God of the lowly, helper of the oppressed, upholder of the weak, protector of the forsaken, savior of those without hope. Please, please, God of my father, God the the heritage of Israel, Lord of heaven and earth, Creator of the waters, King of all your creation, hear my prayer!

  • Melzoom

    Those are so awesome, Therese. I had forgotten John 14:27…I love that one.
    I’ve heard them all before, especially Corinthians at weddings.
    And one thing about Corinthians that I try to remind my newly married friends is that love is all those things, but people sometimes are not– because the love as mentioned in Corinthians implies some pretty lofty expectations on people.
    Love is all those things: patient, kind, without envy. And newlyweds/brides-to-be love to talk about love–focusing on scripture with the word ‘love’ in it. But the key to that piece is really the last three lines about growing up, not behaving like a child with petty resentments and holding on to pain, not acting out or throwing tantrums, and instead using love as a tool that is the most important.
    Love is patient. Sometimes people aren’t. Love is kind. Sometimes people aren’t.
    Realizing that distinction…that’s the grown up part.
    It’s ok to say, “I love you, but I don’t like you a lot right now.”
    It’s ok to say how you want to be loved, what your parameters and expectations are.
    Because love is all those things, but love–and the one you love–is not a mind-reader.

  • Paul, seeking wisdom

    May I add my choice: Ephesians 4:1-3, “I therefore a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility, and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of Peace.”
    Living in this manner, you will enjoy a better, healthier and spiritually more prosperous life, I know I have.
    God Bless you.

  • Larry Parker

    Where’s the love for Jeremiah 29:11 (“For I have plans for you”), 2 Corinithians 12:7-10 (the thorn in Paul’s side), or 1 John 4:7-12 (God is love)?

  • mia

    I had forgotten Corinthians…we said our vows 18 years ago and with my diagnosis of bi-polar, ocd, & ptsd, I still do not have to wonder if he would have said them as calmly. He reads and tries so hard to understand. Such an angel.
    Thank you for the prayers…they are badly needed. My beautiful phsycologist of 6 years is dying of breast cancer, one of my very best friends of stomach cancer and all I can do is pray. I started spinning, as we do, and stopped and realized Its not my job to worry, God will take care of them.I can only love them and spend time with them. The prayers will keep me grounded…calm. Im sure God will give me new “rocks”, people who are my foundation of support when my beloved friends have gone on to look over us all.

  • Anonymous

    What a wonderful reminder of mny of my OWN favorite scriptues.
    The 23rd Psalm has been evenmore precious to me after reading a commentary on it by a shepherd who annalyzes verse by verse the painstaking care a shepherd performs for his sheep. For example: “He leadeth me by the still waters” according to this shepherd, sheep will not drink from moving water because they know that if their wool gets wet it will pull them under to drown. Therfore, still waters are a fundamental need of a flock of sheep. Shepherds also annoint the heads of their sheep with oil to keep nsects from burrowing into their flesh and infecting them with disease. Shepherds call the high pasture grounds to which they move their flocks during summer as ‘tables” and they always go their before their flocks to “prepare the table for the sheeps’ grazing, including chasing off the sheeps’ natural enemy on these tables, the wolves! Gives new meaning, no?

  • kate

    I bought a wooden sign of the Psalm 46 and put wrapping paper on it and hung it up a few weeks before Easter as a gift to DH…in hopes that he would sit still..didn’t work so much, but it’s a cool sign.
    This summer I was trying to keep my 18 month old neice still and was laying on the floor having a tea party with her and could see it upside down and kept begging them (my kids and her) to follow the sign…”but Jesus says we should park it right here” I’d say. I’d guess it was 10 a.m. or so…it was a nice 30 minutes now that I think about it…. : )
    I’d never read that detail about the wings of God…that should have been in the song Be Not Afraid..these are the best words of that passage: “he will COVER you with his feathers” …wow…that’s soft…rare image from the ole’ OT.
    pax, K

  • SissyJo

    Therese – very comforting inspiring scriptures, all of them.
    A personal favorite of mine – Have no anxiety about anything, but to everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds on Christ Jesus. Phillipians 4:6-7
    When God tells me not to have anxiety I try really hard to obey. That’s not always easy. But I take this scripture to heart; the peace of God ‘which passes all understanding’ – how divinely calming and encouraging that is. That literally has been an anchor yanking on me to come out of the mind spinning emotions of anxiety and fear.

  • Scott Freeland

    These are all wonderful as is the entire Bible.My favorite is Galatians 3:20.It gives me strength and guidance daily

  • BrightA

    Thank you so much Therese. It was one of the best, simplest and efficient messages of hope, light and love to read in this wonderful summer day.It is like when you look at the sunshining outside of your window and hear the birds singing, the butterflys landing on the flowers, the bees at their hard work.That is what I feel in my heart, after reading this hevenly words…It is really, really good. I read the sacrad scriptures every day, and it always has given me strenght, courage,love and faith. It was so helpful to me. May God bless you.
    A lot of love

  • Bonnie

    My just 4 year old granddaughter Shelly is dying of cancer, they have done all they can for her, and the cancer is still there. Please pray for the mircle we need. Thank you

  • Suzy Q

    I met a man on line. We fell in love , spent 6 months together each day on video……….the day before he was to board his plane, his Dr gave him devastating news. He has always had a blood desease, but it has become very active..growing tumors and cysts.(beta thalisseymia).The health care he will need will be $110,000.00 in the usa for a year..In Endgland it is free……..So he will never come..The worst is he has stopped talking to me, won’t answer emails or his telephone….I am devastated……….please pray that he is healed and that he will contact me..just to ease my broken heart……..S.J.

  • nancy Kitchen

    this is a scripture that has helped me a lot when I am depressed
    O then, if I have seen so great things, if the Lord in his condescension unto the children of men hath visited men in so much mercy, why should my heart weep and my soul linger in the valley of sorrow, and my flesh waste away, and my strength slacken, because of mine afflictions?
    27 And why should I yield to sin, because of my flesh? Yea, why should I give way to temptations, that the evil one has placed in my heart to destroy my peace and afflict my soul? Why am I angry because of mine enemy?
    28 Awake, my soul! No longer droop in sin. Rejoice, O my heart, and give place no more for the enemy of my soul.
    29 Do not anger again because of mine enemies. Do not slacken my strength because of mine afflictions.
    30 Rejoice, O my heart, and cry unto the Lord, and say: O Lord, I will praise thee forever; yea, my soul will rejoice in thee, my God, and the rock of my salvation.

  • Avis McLaughlin

    The scripture verses are powerful! Just what I needed to read today.

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  • Danielle

    There was two that are my favorites: John 14:27 Peace I leave You. & Joshua 1:9 Be not afraid.
    Be strong and Courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the lord your god will be with you wherever you go.
    That right there , let’s me know whatever obstacles come my way, i know God and my lord & savior jesus christ is right by side in walk, strenght, faith & prayer. Amen…
    God Bless To Everyone…

  • Danielle Jackson

    Hello Bonnie, My Name Is Danielle. I hope God Will Answer Your Prayers, and the angels watching over your dear granddaughter will shine a guiding light and a beautiful star over her.
    May you walk in courage, strenght, and faith through the grace of god.
    God Bless You & Your Granddaughter.

  • Lynne

    What a perfect post today when I so needed a little light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve been praying a lot lately and maybe this was part of my answer. Be patient was what the little voice said and the tide will turn. Thankyou for the sustenence, and thank God for you Therese.

  • BrightA

    Hello! Shelly, you are in my prayers, and I am hopeful that the wings of God may always be over thee little child, given to you health,love and a big smile on your face and of your dear grandmother, parents and the whole family.

  • Malissa

    These all remind me to surrender all things to our precious and graceful God. He is far better at carrying our weight then we are.
    I found great comfort in the scriptures given me.

  • Kathy

    I read these beautiful scripture verses the first thing this morning. Thank you! Psalm 23 is my favorite; in a time of much unhappiness I memorized it and found it a real consolation.

  • granny

    Dear Connie; I, too, desire prayer for my grand daughter. She is the mother of three, ages 8, 10, 12. She is having her second surgery for cancer on Sept. 5th. Her thyroid gland was removed 10 months ago and a cancer was detected on the right side of her throat, near where the original cancer was located. I pray for full healing for her to be able to raise her children. I also want prayer for her marriage. She and her husband are constantly yelling and screaming at each other, so much so that the oldest child is having crying spells and doesn’t want to go to school. The two youngest are able to withdraw and go to their rooms when the arguing starts. This oldest child is very sensitive to the situation and it hurts deeply. He wants to leave home and go to live with his grandparents. this is not acceptable to the parents. THis family needs God’s mercy and compassion in every area and I know God is able to bring rsspite and comfort to the whole situation. My daughter also is caught up in this and is suffering from a skin rash that is terrible. Pray for this couple to find the love and concern that they once had and for healing for them all.

  • Sarah

    May God bless all of you with strength to carry on
    and to handle what ever you may have on your plate,
    so to speak. And may you have clearity when ever you are faced
    with choices to make. This was a great post. It was nice to read through these sciptures.

  • Sami

    Several years ago, I felt God wanted me to take a Bible lesson into the ladies at the Correctional Center in our town. I had never done anything like that before and did not have any idea of the Love of God that would wash over me, for those ladies. Never in my life have I felt God’s Presence like I did in that sad, lonely, forgotten prison. I realized from Day One that God just needs someone willing to go, and He will bless the effort. But shortly into my first year, a change in Administration was threatening my being able to continue my weekly visits into the Pod. I was disheartened but continuing to struggle to keep the door of the Prison open to God’s Love, but one morning I was so discouraged and just felt like giving up. I was questioning if God had really wanted me to go there at all, since it didn’t seem to be possible to keep up the good work He had me start there. I told God, ‘If you want me to keep fighting to go to that prison, You’re going to have to help me — I can’t fight them any longer on my own. If I can’t feel something from You that gives me hope, then I’m going to assume You’re ready for me to quit.’
    I sat down in my porch swing and opened my Bible. I never read for inspiration from Revelation, so I’ll never know why I seemed to immediately turn there, but here is the verse God gave me that morning: “He opens doors, and no one can shut them; he shuts doors, and no once can open them. I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one can shut.” Revelation 3:7,8
    I stayed at that Prison for as long as I lived in that town — I was so well accepted that after years of weekly visits, I was allowed access on Christmas and Thanksgiving days, and I was allowed to take in music (which really touched hearts), and my son was even allowed to accompany me to play the guitar and sing.
    When God opens doors, not even the Director of the Prison or all of his staff could shut that door.

  • Lillian R

    I love to read scripture verses on the computer. The ones presented are so helpful and really gives me peace-comfort in all things. Thank you thank you thank you.

  • Jpnas B Fodje

    Thank you immensely for these verses. Don’t you think Jn3:16 should be included? Also many leaders have used your first entry Prov. 3 to justify their violations of God’s commands or appease to such violations by others. The Christian doctrine is exactly that we shall neither kill, hate, hurt nor tear down. All times for the believer is time to produce fruits of the spirit love, joy… as is stated in Galatian 5:22-23. Your first entry then becomes in my view a faithless persons creed against which all the scripture is written. There is no doubt we will witness times of real evil in the world alternating with times of righteousness until all receive the Good News and are born again into an era of true faith and worship in righteousness in accordance with Rev21:1-6. Thanks for your entries. God bless.

  • Marti

    These are all my faves also, but I would add one more: Jeremiah 29:11-13 “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. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

  • Weston

    In Timothy it says: God does not give me a spirit of fear but of POWER, LOVE and a SOUND MIND. Thanks, God, for the things that you do give me!

  • Hannah

    I really apppreciate these scriptures and comments. I have felt quite discouraged by my life at this point but I am determined and have all faith in God He will work it aout for the good who love the Lord. And I love HIM so much. I cant sleep so I decided to read my email and this is what I got. I pray I do go to sleep because I would love to go to church before work. Thanks so much and God bless everyone!

  • Micah

    Thank you for sharing. You’ve got some great scriptures here. Thank you for blessing me.

  • Margaret

    God used you to speak to me. These verses are perfect for me at this time, as are the Psalm verses.
    In Him,

  • Linda

    When I was depressed, I did not like to read. Thank God, I am much better and reading has inspired me so much more.

  • Your Name

    Thank you so much for these articles. I could go into this website and stay all day.
    The uplift is awesome every day because I suffer from anxiety and depression, but I know I have to keep going.
    God Bless,

  • undefined

    There is great healing power in THE WORD of God and “more things are
    wrought by prayer than this world dreams of”…fight the good fight as St.Paul says armed with the sword of truth.

  • Your Name

    these verses are beautifull and just what i need thank you for being there

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  • janet

    Bless you! I’m preparing a talk for a women’s group on mental wellness, and am so encouraged by your scripture. Thanks

  • My Bible Base

    Thanks for these great scriptures… One of my favorites is:
    Ephesians 2:8-9 (New International Version)
    For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast.

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