Bible Verses to Know

Here are a few essential Bible verses that all Catholics should learn to help in explaining and defending their Faith.

Learn one verse in each category — and keep this list handy; you will need it !

The Catholic Church compiled the Bible and has faithfully preserved it for 2,000 years. We hear several Bible readings every time we attend Mass. As Catholics, we seek to study the entire Word of God, in context, and seek the correct interpretation through the help God has provided for us in our Pope and Bishops — the Magisterium or teaching authority, of Jesus’ One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.

(Scripture quotations from New American Bible)


“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.” -Jeremiah 1:5

“You have been my guide since I was first formed, my security at my mother’s breast. To you I was committed at birth, From my mother’s womb you are my God.” – Psalm 22:10-11

BAPTISM : Becoming a child of God is for all -including infants & children

(Jesus speaking to the Apostles)
“Baptize them in the name ‘of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.’ ” – Matthew 28:19

“… then he and his whole household were baptized.” -Acts 16:33

HOLY COMMUNION: We are nourished by the real Body and Blood of Jesus

“… Jesus took bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to his disciples. ‘Take this and eat it,’ he said. ‘this is my body.’ ” – Matthew 26:26

“Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them. ‘All of you must drink from it,’ he said. ‘for this is my blood …’ ” – Matthew 26:27

(Jesus speaking:)
“… He who feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has life eternal …” –
John 6:54

“Thereupon Jesus said to them: ‘Let me solemnly assure you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.’ ” -John 6:53

RECONCILIATION: CONFESSING SINS TO GOD’S PRIESTS: Making things right with God –and His Church and people
(Jesus speaking to the disciples:)

“Then he breathed on them and said: ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive men’s sins, they are forgiven them; if you hold them bound, they are held bound.’ ” – John 20:22-23

“I assure you, whatever you declare bound on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you declare loosed on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” -Matthew 18:18

“Hence, declare your sins to one another, and pray for one another, that you may find healing.” – James 5:16

MARY: Mother of God; blessed among women

(God’s angel speaking to Mary:)
“Upon arriving the angel said to her: ‘Rejoice, O highly favored daughter! The Lord is with you.’ ” – Luke 1:28

“… Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.” – Luke 1:42

“A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.” – Revelation 12:1

THE SAINTS -& asking them to pray for us

“The fervent petition of a holy man is powerful indeed.” -James 5:16

“… giving thanks to the Father for having made you worthy to share the lot of the saints in light.” – Colossians 1:12

PURGATORY – & Praying for the souls of those who have died

“Thus he made atonement for the dead that they might be freed from this sin.” – 2 Maccabees 12:46


God’s free gift of grace must be expressed through BOTH faith & works

“You must perceive that a person is justified by his works and not by faith alone.” – James 2:24

“… if I have faith great enough to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” – 1 Corinthians 13:2

“So then, my dearly beloved, obedient as always to my urging, work with anxious concern to achieve your salvation ….” – Philippians 2:12

“My brothers, what good is it to profess faith without practicing it? Such faith has no power to save one, has it?” – James 2:14

” ‘… Therefore you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength.’ ….’You shall love your neighbor as yourself ’ …” – Mark 12:30-31

“Trust me when I tell you that whoever does not accept the kingdom of God as a child will not enter into it.” – Luke 18:17

(Jesus speaking to Peter:)

“I for my part declare to you, you are ‘Rock,’ and on this rock I will build my church, and the jaws of death shall not prevail against it. I will entrust to you the keys of heaven. Whatever you shall declare bound on earth shall be bound in heaven; whatever you declare loosed on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” – Matthew 16:18-19


The Bible AND Sacred Tradition are two ways the Church hands on the Gospel; The Bible must be interpreted correctly

“Hold fast to the traditions you received from us, either by our word or by letter.” – 2 Thessalonians 2:15

“There are still many other things that Jesus did, yet if they were written about in detail, I doubt that there would be room enough in the entire world to hold the books to record them.” – John 21:25

“… There are certain passages in them (Paul’s letters) hard to understand. The ignorant and the unstable distort them (just as they do the rest of Scripture) to their own ruin.”
– 2 Peter 3:16


The One Church Established by Jesus

“There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all …” – Ephesians 4:5-6

“There shall be one flock then, one shepherd.” – John 10:16

The Church is Holy: Jesus & the Holy Spirit are with us — until the end of time

” … And know that I am with you always until the end of the world!” – Matthew 28:20

(Jesus to the Apostles:) “… I will ask the Father and he will give you another Paraclete – to be with you always: the Spirit of truth …” – John 14:16-17

Jesus’ Church is Catholic or universal: It is for all people & nations

(Jesus speaking to the Apostles:)
“… go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations … Teach them to carry out everything I have commanded you. ” – Matthew 28:19-20

Jesus founded His Church on Peter & the Apostles

(Jesus speaking to Peter:)
“I for my part declare to you, you are ‘Rock,’ and on this rock I will build my church …” – Matthew 16:18

“He who hears you, hears me. He who rejects you, rejects me.” – Luke 10:16

CONFIRMATION: Receiving the Holy Spirit

“As Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came down on them ….” – Acts 19:6

(Referring to Peter and John:)
“The pair upon arriving imposed hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit … Simon observed that it was through the laying on of hands that the apostles conferred the Spirit …” – Acts 8:17-18

MARRIAGE: It’s a Sacrament, for life

“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cling to his wife …. and the two shall be made into one.” – Ephesians 5:31

“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church … the wife for her part showing respect for her husband.” – Ephesians 5:25, 33

“Therefore let no man separate what God has joined.” – Mark 10:9

ANNOINTING OF THE SICK: The Sacrament of Healing

“Is there anyone sick among you? He should ask for the presbyters of the church. They in turn are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Name (of the Lord.)” – James 5:14

SACRAMENT OF HOLY ORDERS: God provides priests to lead His people

“Every high priest is taken from among men and made their representative before God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.” – Hebrews 5:1

“You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.”
– Hebrews 5:6


(Mary speaking)
“… behold, from now on all ages will call me blessed. The Mighty One has done great things for me …” – Luke 1:48-49

“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” – Luke 1:41-43


[Jesus] said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He then said to Simon Peter a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.”
– John 21:15-17


“It is God’s will that you grow in holiness: that you abstain from immorality, each of you guarding his member in sanctity and honor … ” – 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4

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