Can You Finish These Basic Bible Verses Every Christian Should Know?

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Tasha Moore

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"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish..."

The Apostle John is speaking in this verse. He is addressing new Christians in the church, teaching about eternal life through Jesus Christ. This verse is the third chapter and sixteenth verse of the book of John, more popularly referred to as "John 3:16."

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"But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith..."

This verse if taken from the book of James, second chapter and the twentieth verse. James, the brother of Jesus, authored this verse. In the book, he is speaking to the church, exposing their hypocrisy and teaching right behavior.

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"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called..."

The Apostle Paul is speaking in the eighth chapter and twenty-eighth verse of the book of Romans. Paul was addressing the Christians in Rome by epistle concerning loving God and trusting that He will work on their behalf.

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"Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is..."

In Matthew, fifth chapter at the third verse, Jesus is speaking during the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus's message was about the correct way of living the way God intended.

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"For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen..."

Paul the Apostle is addressing the church at Corinth. In the book of second Corinthians, first chapter at the twentieth verse, Paul was teaching that all that God had promised about the Messiah was fulfilled in Jesus Christ.

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"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew..."

This verse is from the book of Psalms in the fifty-first chapter at the tenth verse. In the book, King David is repenting before God.

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"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it..."

Jesus is speaking in this verse taken from the New Testament book of Matthew, seventh chapter at the seventh verse. In the book, Jesus is saying don't give up and be persistent in the pursuit of success in life.

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"Blessed are the merciful, for they...

Jesus is speaking in the book of Matthew at the fifth chapter and seventh verse. His words are from the Sermon on the Mount where he spoke of mercifulness.

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"Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be..."

Jesus is teaching in the book of Matthew at the fifth chapter and thirteenth verse. He's teaching believers that they are of value to the world as salt is essential to the flavor of food.

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"It is God that girdeth me with strength, and..."

David is speaking to God here in the book of Psalms, eighteenth chapter at verse thirty-two. In this verse, David is communicating his gratitude to God for having delivered him from his enemy, King Saul.

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"Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city..."

King Solomon is teaching the Israelites in the book of Psalms at the first verse of the one hundred and twenty-seventh chapter. Solomon is teaching that life without God is senseless.

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"But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he..."

This verse is taken from the first chapter in the book of Psalms at the second verse. The author of this verse is anonymous.

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"Wherefore if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is and tomorrow, cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you. O..."

Jesus is speaking to the people during his Sermon on the Mount in the book of Matthew at the sixth chapter and thirtieth verse. In the quote, Jesus is instructing the people not to worry.

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"Give and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over shall men give unto our bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal..."

This verse is taken from the book of Luke, sixth chapter and thirty-eighth verse. Luke was a disciple of Jesus, but not an Apostle.

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"Rejoice in the Lord always: and again..."

In the book of Philippians at the fourth chapter and fourth verse, the Apostle Paul was teaching about the joy of giving. In this epistle, Paul was addressing Christians at Philippi.

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"If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty..."

This verse is taken from the twenty-fifth chapter of the book of Proverbs at the twenty-first verse. In the verse, Solomon is speaking to the nation of Israel about the right way of treating your enemies.

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"Let this mind be in you which was..."

Paul is speaking to the people at Philippi about humility. This verse is taken from the book of Philippians, second chapter at the fifth verse.

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"Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each..."

Paul the Apostle is addressing the people at Philippi in the book of Philippians, second chapter at the third verse. He is teaching about the benefits of unselfishness.

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"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to..."

King David is speaking to the nation of Israel in the book of Psalms, one hundred and thirty-third chapter at the first verse. David is teaching about harmonious relationships.

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"Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting..."

King Solomon is addressing his sons in the book of Proverbs, fourth chapter at the seventh verse. He's teaching them about the virtues of wisdom and understanding.

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"I can do all things through Christ which..."

The Apostle Paul is addressing the church at Philippi in the New Testament book of Philippians at the fourth chapter and thirteenth verse. In the book, Paul is explaining that he is content in knowing that he is strengthened through Christ.

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"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and..."

This verse is taken from the book of Matthew at the eleventh chapter and twenty-eighth verse. In the verse, Jesus is explaining that a relationship with God changes meaningless, wearisome toil into spiritual productivity and purpose.

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"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall..."

This verse is taken from the book of Psalms in the ninety-first chapter and first verse. The author is unknown.

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"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify..."

Jesus is teaching at the Sermon on the Mount in the fifth chapter of Matthew at the sixteenth verse. Jesus encourages his followers to be a beacon of truth and love.

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"For the word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a..."

The verse referenced here is taken from the book of Hebrews in the New Testament, fourth chapter and twelfth verse. Christian theologians debate who authored the book of Hebrews.

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"I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for..."

King David wrote this verse taken from the book of Psalms in the third chapter at the fifth verse. During this time, David was fleeing from his son Absalom who sought to kill him in order to secure the throne.

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"My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee..."

King David authored this verse taken from the book of Psalms in the fifth chapter at the third verse. In the Psalm, David is talking about prayer.

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"If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and..."

The verse referenced here is taken from the book of John at the fifteenth chapter and seventh verse. Jesus is speaking in the verse, and he %0Dinstructs his followers of the importance of abiding in him.

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"Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart..."

This verse is taken from the book of Psalms in the twenty-seventh chapter at the fourteenth verse. In the Psalm, David is addressing the nation of Israel about the importance of waiting on God.

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"The blessing of the Lord, maketh rich and he addeth..."

The verse referenced here is taken from the book of Proverbs in the tenth chapter at the twenty-second verse. In the verse, King Solomon addresses the nation of Israel about practical wisdom for Godly living in every stage of life.

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"The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those..."

The book of Psalms, chapter one hundred and forty-five at the fourteenth verse, is referenced. In the verse, King David explains how the Lord sustains.

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"The Lord is my shepherd..."

This popular verse is taken from the book of Psalms in the twenty-third chapter, at the first verse. In the verse, King David focuses on God as a caring shepherd.

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"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life..."

The Apostle Paul is addressing the church in Rome in this verse taken from the book of Romans, chapter six and twenty-third verse. Paul insists that eternal life is a free gift from God.

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"And Jesus said unto them, because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, if ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove..."

This verse is taken from the book of Matthew in the seventeenth chapter, at the twentieth verse. Here, Jesus is talking to his disciples about the condition of their faith.

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"And God said, Let there be light..."

Moses wrote the book of Genesis. This verse is taken from the first chapter and third verse of the book of Genesis.

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About This Quiz

Yes ... John 3:16 is somewhere on this test about basic Bible verses. What would a basic Bible verse test be without that super famous verse? Test your knowledge of John's catchy phrases and more on this verse quiz with just one catch: We don't give you the verse source before the answer, just the words that precede the requested info.

Don't worry, you're given lots of contextual bits to decide a superb final answer. By the time you're expected to trigger your guess, you'll be given enough Bible-speak to determine the author, talker or even the biblical book. In this quiz, the Apostle Paul scolds errant early believers, King Solomon pontificates life lessons, King David lectures the Israelites and Jesus speaks to all who would lend an ear. No need to struggle with Bible book, chapter and verse knowledge, we award you with that intel whether you falter a bit or rise to the verse-guessing occasion. Most of the selections you'll spar with are more about noble Christian ideals and less about actual biblical events. Chew on what Jesus said, and worry less about what he did. 

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