Kellar’s Nifty Fifty

I decided to create a list of memory verses for my family to learn throughout the year.  I picked 50 verses which we will spend a week reciting.  When I was in college, one of my professors had a similar list and called it his “Nifty Fifty.” I decided to adopt it for this list as well.  Each of these verses was hand-picked because it does one of the following:

  • It helps my family to know the character of God, His Son and how to respond to him. 
  • It shows a way for my family to live more like Jesus.


Kellar’s Nifty Fifty

  1. Exodus 20:12 – Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long time in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
  2. Deuteronomy 6:5 – Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Love him with all your strength.
  3. Psalm 103:13-14 – A father is tender and kind to his children. In the same way, the Lord is tender and kind to those who have respect for him. He knows what we are made of. He remembers that we are dust.
  4. Psalm 118:24 – This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
  5. Psalm 119:11 – I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
  6. Psalm 119:105 – Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
  7. Psalm 127:3 – Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him.
  8. Psalm 139:14 – I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
  9. Psalm 147:3-5 – He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.
  10. Psalm 150:6 – Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
  11. Proverbs 1:10 – If sinful people entice you, do not give in to them.
  12. Proverbs 1:8-9 – My child, listen to your father’s advice. Don’t turn away from your mother’s teaching. What they teach you will be like a beautiful crown on your head. It will be like a chain to decorate your neck.
  13. Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding. In all your ways remember him. Then he will make your paths smooth and straight.
  14. Proverbs 13:10 -Pride only leads to arguing. But those who take advice are wise.
  15. Proverbs 14:6 – Those who make fun of others look for wisdom and don’t find it. But knowledge comes easily to those who understand what is right.
  16. Proverbs 20:11 – A child is known by his actions. He is known by whether his conduct is pure and right.
  17. Proverbs 25:18 – A person who lies about his neighbor is like a club, a sword or a sharp arrow.
  18. Isaiah 26:3 – Lord, you will give perfect peace to anyone who commits himself to be faithful to you. That’s because he trusts in you.
  19. Isaiah 43:5 – Do not be afraid. I am with you.
  20. Jeremiah 29:11 – I know the plans I have for you,” announces the Lord. “I want you to enjoy success. I do not plan to harm you. I will give you hope for the years to come.
  21. Matthew 22:39 – Love your neighbor as you love yourself
  22. Luke 2:52 – Jesus became wiser and stronger. He also became more and more pleasing to God and to people.
  23. Luke 12:34 – Your heart will be where your riches are.
  24. Luke 6:31 – Do to others as you want them to do to you.
  25. Luke 6:38 – Give, and it will be given to you. A good amount will be poured into your lap. It will be pressed down, shaken together, and running over. The same amount you give will be measured out to you.
  26. John 3:30 – He must become more important. I must become less important.
  27. John 5:24 – What I’m about to tell you is true. Anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He will not be found guilty. He has crossed over from death to life.
  28. Acts 20:35 – It is more blessed to give than to receive.
  29. Romans 6:23 – When you sin, the pay you get is death. But God gives you the gift of eternal life because of what Christ Jesus our Lord has done.
  30. 1 Corinthians 10:31 – Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
  31. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 – Be on your guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be brave. Be strong. Be loving in everything you do.
  32. Galatians 5:22-23 – But the fruit the Holy Spirit produces is love, joy and peace. It is being patient, kind and good. It is being faithful and gentle and having control of oneself. 
  33. Galatians 6:9 – Let us not become tired of doing good. At the right time we will gather a crop if we don’t give up.
  34. Ephesians 2:8-9 – God’s grace has saved you because of your faith in Christ. Your salvation doesn’t come from anything you do. It is God’s gift. It is not based on anything you have done. No one can brag about earning it.
  35. Ephesians 4:29 -Don’t let any evil talk come out of your mouths. Say only what will help to build others up and meet their needs. Then what you say will help those who listen.
  36. Ephesians 4:32 – Be kind and tender to one another. Forgive each other, just as God forgave you because of what Christ has done.
  37. Ephesians 6:1 – Children, obey your parents as believers in the Lord. Obey them because it’s the right thing to do.
  38. Philippians 2:3-4 – Don’t do anything only to get ahead. Don’t do it because you are proud. Instead, be free of pride. Think of others as better than yourselves. None of you should look out just for your own good. You should also look out for the good of others.
  39. Philippians 4:13 – I can do everything by the power of Christ. He gives me strength.
  40. Philippians 4:6-7 – Don’t worry about anything. Instead, tell God about everything. Ask and pray. Give thanks to him. Then God’s peace will watch over your hearts and your minds because you belong to Christ Jesus. God’s peace can never be completely understood.
  41. Colossians 3:2 – Think about things that are in heaven. Don’t think about things that are on earth.
  42. Colossians 3:23 – Work at everything you do with all your heart. Work as if you were working for the Lord, not for human masters.
  43. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 – Never stop praying.
  44. 1 Timothy 4:12 – Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young. Set an example for the believers in what you say and in how you live. Also set an example in how you love and in what you believe. Show the believers how to be pure.
  45. Hebrews 13:5 – Don’t be controlled by love for money. Be happy with what you have.
  46. James 1:5 – If any of you need wisdom, ask God for it. He will give it to you. God gives freely to everyone. He doesn’t find fault.
  47. James 1:19-20 – Everyone should be quick to listen. But they should be slow to speak. They should be slow to get angry. A person’s anger doesn’t produce the kind of life God wants.
  48. 1 Peter 5:5 – Follow the lead of those who are older. All of you, put on a spirit that is free of pride toward each other as if it were your clothes. 
  49. 1 John 5:3 – Here is what it means to love God. It means that we obey his commands. And his commands are not hard to obey.
  50. Revelation 22:12-13 – Look! I am coming soon! I bring my rewards with me. I will reward each person for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega. I am the First and the Last. I am the Beginning and the End.

About joshkellar

I'm married to an incredible woman of God and have two daughters that love to laugh and delight in the Lord. My goal in life is to bring others into closer relationship with God by engaging them in His story as we journey together in a faith-filled community. The basis for every decision I make in life comes back to my calling to share the love of God with those around me. My hope is that at every opportunity I will encourage others into a greater lifelong journey of discipleship.

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