Best Bible Verses by Topic

There are times in our life we need the best Bible verses for whatever may be occurring in our everyday life, and God's Word is relevant for each and every one of them!  

Hebrews 4:12 declares -  "For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as the division of the soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart." - Amplified Bible

2 Timothy 3:16 goes on to say - "All Scripture is God-breathed [given by divine inspiration] and is profitable for instruction, for conviction [of sin], for correction [of error and restoration to obedience], for training in righteousness [learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately—behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage];" - Amplified Bible

Any verse in the Bible can be useful in our life, but we must remember not to take them out of context and try to make them say what we want.  The best Bible verses are understood within the context they were written.  A great place to read any of these "best Bible verses" in context online is BibleGateway.com; they have just about every translation, paraphrase and language available along with other Bible study helps.

One way we can relate to the Bible is like a GPS (Global Positioning System).  If used correctly, it can help us get to where we need to be and avoid wrong turns.

The above Bible verse - 2 Timothy 3:16, tells us God's Word is useful to tell us where we need to go and how to get there (instruction).  If we make a wrong turn, like a GPS, it is profitable to tell us where we went wrong (conviction) and reroute us to get us back on the right track (correction).  From there it will continue leading us along the right route (training).

If you're not very familiar with the Bible, then it may seem hard to navigate to find the best Bible verses that pertain to a certain topic.  We've taken a few topics, but will be gradually adding more in the days ahead.

Most Quoted Bible Verses:

Some of the most well known or best Bible verses you may have heard quoted but not know where they are located are:

  • Psalm 49:10  "Be still, and know that I am God." or "Cease striving, and know that I am God."
  • Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope."
  • Romans 8:28 "And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose."
  • Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me."
  • Proverbs 22:6 "Train up a child in the way he should go,
    Even when he is old he will not depart from it."
  • Isaiah 40:31 "Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary."

Of course THE most quoted and probably the best of the best Bible verses is John 3:16 -

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."

Best Short Bible Verses:

The Bible can say much in even a few words.  Sometimes in the busyness of life, we need short Bible verses that will help us remember God's instruction during our day.  Other short Bible verses are enough to inspire and encourage us in just a few words that can be memorized or written on a sticky note and placed on our mirror or in our car or even when we open our wallet.

Three of my favorite short best Bible verses are found right together with three important things for us to remember to do - Rejoice, Pray, Give Thanks!

1 Thessalonians 5:16 - "Rejoice always;"

We can rejoice always in any situation, sad or happy, because joy isn't based on circumstances.  It is a fruit of the Holy Spirit; joy is based on knowing Jesus!

1Thessalonians 5:17 - "pray without ceasing;"

What a glorious truth that we can pray (communicate & commune) with God Almighty anywhere, anytime!  He is with us!

1 Thessalonians 5:18 - "in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."

Giving thanks changes our attitude and our focus.  We may not feel like giving thanks for everything, but when we remember Whose we are and the One that loves us and has sacrificed Himself for us, we can certainly find thankfulness even in the midst of difficult circumstances.


Another wonderful inspirational short Bible verse is found in 1 John 4:19 - "We love, because He first loved us."  Yes, God initiated a relationship with us!


John 11:35 is probably the most well-known shortest Bible verse - "Jesus wept."  How encouraging is that?!  Jesus was fully God and He was fully man.  He felt emotions like we do!  In context, Jesus had lost a dear friend, Lazarus.  He felt loss; He understands and is able to comfort us through His Holy Spirit.


In Luke 10:27 Jesus sums up all the commands into - Love God. Love Others.  "He answered: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself."  How much simpler could He have put it?  Think about it - the first four of the Ten Commandments deal with loving God, while the last six speak of loving others.  


1 Corinthians 16:14 - "Let all that you do be done in love."


1 Corinthians 13:13 - "But now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love."

Best Bible Verses on Fear:

You may have already heard, but there are over 365 Bible verses that tell us not to fear; therefore, we have at least one for every day of the year!  Over and over God speaks in the Bible and says "Do not be afraid...", "Do not fear...", "Fear not..."   Many times these are followed by Him saying that He is with us.

Many of the most fearful times in life are when we are alone.  In those moments, God wants us to hear His words that He is with us; we are never alone when we have Jesus in our life!

God is sovereign.  Think about some of the things or circumstances we fear...God is greater than all! With Jesus in our life, we no longer have to fear sin, Satan, men, sickness, or even death.  Jesus overcame; He says in John 16:33, "These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

One of the best Bible verses on fear is found in 1 John 4:18 - "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love."

Others include:

  • Isaiah 41:10 -  "Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."
  • Deuteronomy 3:22 - "Do not fear them, for the Lord your God is the one fighting for you."
  • Joshua 1:9 - "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."
  • Matthew 10:31 - "So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows."

Best Bible Verses on Love:

Let's face it...the Bible is God's love letter to us!  God Himself is love and because this is His very nature, He loves us.  His love is not based on what we do or don't do; it's based on Who He is!  That takes a load off!  We can't earn His love; it is freely given.  And when we receive His love through His Son, Jesus, we also are able to truly love others.  This love is called "Agape'" love.  It is unmerited, unconditional, and eternal.  These are some of the best Bible verses about love that are sure to encourage you!

Probably the most well known and one of the best Bible verses on love is John 3:16 - “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."

John speaks volumes about love throughout the Gospel According to John as well as his letters of First, Second and Third John.

God is love -

  • 1 John 4:8 - "The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love." 
  • 1 John 4:16 - "We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him."

God's love described -

  • 1 Corinthians 13 is typically called "The Love Chapter" because it describes love; verses 4-8 say - "Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails;"  Verse 13 continues - "But now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love."
  • Jeremiah 31:3 says God loves with a never ending love - "The Lord appeared to him from afar, saying, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness."

Why we can love -

  • Matthew 22:37-40 records when Jesus was asked which of the commandments was the greatest - "He replied And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
  • Luke 10:27 records the same - "He answered: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself."

How we should love -

  • 1 Corinthians 16:14 - "Let all that you do be done in love."
  • 1 Peter 4:8 - "Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins."

Best Verses for Birthdays:

This may seem like an odd topic, but how many times have you wanted to include a verse of Scripture in a birthday card or note?  The following are some of the best Bible verses for such an occasion:

  • Psalm 139:14 - "I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Thy works, And my soul knows it very well."
  • Colossians 1:3 - "We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,"
  • Ephesians 2:10 - "For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago."
  • Philippians 1:6 - "For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus."

Most verses have been taken from the New American Standard Translation, while a few are in the New Living Translation.

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