Can you finish the Bible verse?

By: Olivia Seitz

"For God so loved the world that..."

The full verse from John 3:16 reads, "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life." This verse is part of a story in which a Pharisee named Nicodemus secretly visits Jesus to hear his teachings.

"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want; he..."

This popular psalm (Psalm 23) is attributed to David. He writes of trust in God's protection and mercy through imagery of the Lord as a shepherd and the faithful as His sheep.

"So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is..."

From Corinthians 13, this passage is a frequent favorite at wedding ceremonies. The author, Paul, speaks about the nature and importance of love.

"Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return; the Lord gave, and the Lord..."

The devil makes a bet with God that after losing all of his belongings and his children, Job will curse the Lord's name. Instead, Job's initial reaction is to praise God, as seen in this verse from Job 1:20.

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them..."

At the end of Matthew's Gospel, Jesus exhorts his followers to spread the faith. He concludes the passage by saying, "Lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age."

"Blessed are those who have not seen..."

At the end of John 20, Jesus speaks to Thomas, the disciple who claimed he would not believe Jesus rose from the dead until he had seen the wounds for himself. Jesus praises future Christians who believe, even though they did not witness the resurrection firsthand.

"Before I formed you in the womb..."

In this quote from Jeremiah 1, God is calling Jeremiah to become a prophet in Israel. It expresses the closeness of the Creator to his creation: "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations."

"Be still, and know that..."

This verse is from Psalm 46. It is intended to calm the spirit and encourage trust in God.

"I am the way, the truth, and the life; ..."

This passage is from the Gospel of John, Chapter 14. Jesus is answering Thomas' question, "Lord, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?"

"Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, ..."

This quote from Matthew 6:20-21 contains an exhortation for the faithful to store up treasure in heaven by doing good deeds. The chapter deals with advice for righteous living.

"We know that in everything God works for..."

This popular verse from Romans Chapter 8 tells us that God works for good with and through those who love him. The full text reads, "We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose."

"Do you have eyes and not see,..."

This passage is from Mark 8:17. While his disciples discuss the fact that they have no bread, Jesus urges them to attend to spiritual matters.

"In the beginning was..."

This famous opening line to the Gospel of John reads, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." Some Christians cite this passage to support belief in the Holy Spirit.

"And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was..."

Interestingly, the Bible says, "And God saw that it was good," after he created everything except man. After the creation of mankind, the descriptor is changed to "very good" at the end of Genesis 1.

"And he said, 'Jesus, remember me when you come in your kingly power.' And he said to him, 'Truly, I say to you..."

When one of the thieves crucified alongside Jesus mocks him, the other jumps to his defense. In Luke 23, Jesus comforts the "good thief" by promising him a place in heaven.

"Blessed are the meek, for they..."

The Beatitudes, from Matthew 5:3-11, comprise one of the Bible's most famous passages. "Blessed are the meek..." is third in the list of eight Beatitudes.

"Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you..."

Jesus follows up this question from Matthew 6:26 by asking, "And which one of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life?" This is one of many passages in the Bible which exhort against needless worry.

"They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and..."

This text is from Isaiah 40:31. It speaks of how God will strengthen those who serve him.

"Then Moses said to God, 'If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is his name?' what shall I say to them?' God said to Moses, ..."

In Exodus 3, Moses approaches the burning bush and is given a name to tell the Israelites. Yahweh and Jehovah, traditional names for God, both translate to "I AM who AM."

"The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me..."

After Adam and Eve eat from the tree in the middle of the garden, they blame everyone except themselves for their disobedience. In this verse from Genesis 3, Adam blames Eve, and then Eve goes on to blame the serpent.

"And he came to her and said, "Hail, full of..."

In the first chapter of Luke, an angel appears to Mary and asks her to be the mother of Jesus. He addresses her as "full of grace;" this line is used to support the Catholic belief that Mary was born without sin.

"In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have..."

In this quote from John 16:33, Christ encourages his followers. Even though the world is a troubled place, they can be assured of victory in the end.

"You are the light of the world... Let your light shine before men, than they may see..."

The full passage from Matthew 5 compares the good deeds of men to a lamp that lights up a room. By acting justly, Christ's followers will 'light the way' for others.

"Vanity of vanities! All is..."

One of the opening lines of Ecclesiastes, this verse launches a discussion of how fleeting the world is. The author goes on to claim that "there is nothing new under the sun."

"I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and..."

Genesis 22:17 shows God promising innumerable descendants to Abraham. He had just demonstrated his willingness to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, if it was God's will.

"The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes, leaping upon the mountains, bounding over the hills. My beloved is like..."

This boisterous passage is from Song of Solomon (also known as Song of Songs), Chapter 2. Despite the title, many scholars believe the book was written by an unknown author, not King Solomon.

"Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow..."

Matthew 6:34 continues, "Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day." This passage is about taking things one day at a time.

"Begin a song to my God with tambourines, sing to my Lord with cymbals. Raise to him a..."

This verse is from Judith 16, after she successfully returned from espionage. She won the trust of the enemy general, Holofernes, then cut off his head and returned to the Israelites.

"He who loves his wife..."

In Ephesians 6, Paul undertakes a discussion of how husbands and wives should treat each other. He says that "He who loves his wife loves himself. For no man ever hates his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it."

"(They) gathered together and saw that the fire had not had any power over the bodies of those men; the hair of their heads was not singed, their mantles were not harmed, and..."

This passage from Daniel 4 describes the fate of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. As faithful followers of God, they were unharmed when King Nebuchadnezzar threw them into a furnace.

"You are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within they are..."

Jesus has harsh words for the Pharisees in this passage from Matthew 23. He calls out their hypocrisy by comparing them to a tomb "full of dead men's bones."

"Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will..."

This part of Psalm 55 encourages readers to place their cares before God. It is meant to be a source of consolation for believers who are weary.

"And a great portent appeared in the heaven, a woman clothed with..."

Many interpret this verse from Revelations 12 to be a description of Mary, Jesus' mother. The full verse reads, "And a great portent appeared in the heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; she was with child and she cried out in her pangs of birth."

"A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man..."

Proverb 29:11 cautions against angry outbursts. This is just one of many quotable pieces of advice from the book.

Then said Jesus, "Were not 10 cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except..."

In this passage from Luke 17, Jesus points out the faith of the one leper who returned to say thank you. Even though ten men were healed, only one -- a foreigner -- returned.

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