Six Great Bible Verses for Students

New clothes, new books and new backpacks are only a part of the preparation for the new school year. Most important is the mental preparation—the resolve to accept new challenges and pursue new goals.

To help nurture the students' desire for success, here are six great Bible verses (New King James Version) which can become guiding principles throughout the year. Even younger students can benefit if someone reads and explains these Bible quotes to them.

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(1) Advantage

For the land which you go to possess is . . . a land for which the LORD your God cares; the eyes of the LORD your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year (Deuteronomy 11: 10, 12).

The acquisition of new territory is an appropriate metaphor for students beginning the new school year. As they set goals and strategize to move forward, this verse inspires confidence by assuring them that the caring eyes of God watch over them continually.

In the original context, God promised the Hebrews leaving Egypt for Canaan that life in the new land would be more pleasant. No more bullying from the Egyptians, and satisfactory reward for their effort. Of course, the better conditions would be influenced by their decision to accept divine guidance, and their dismissal of the slave mentality they acquired in Egypt.

Like the Hebrews, students have a choice to make—to submit their minds to divine influence or to be enslaved by ungodly influences which can rob them of their capabilities and good judgment. The verse offers the advantage of year-round protection and support from a caring God.


(2) Diligence

Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before unknown men (Proverbs 22:29).

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Various Bible versions use alternative words to describe the individual worker who excels: diligent, competent, skillful, efficient. Diligent students establish the pursuit of their academic goals as their main work, and they aim to perform beyond expectations. They follow instructions, complete class and homework assignments, and study the next chapter even before it is assigned. They do not usually give in to tiredness or distraction.

Gill’s Exposition on the verse states that people with such diligence “will rise in the world”. They gain employment among, keep company with, and receive favors from people of substance as opposed to hanging out with the drifters. When employment may be difficult to find, diligent students are able to muster their self-confidence and self-motivation and attempt entrepreneurship.

This verse inspires students to strive for excellence. In the process they prepare themselves for opportunities which come to exceptional individuals.


(3) Friendship

He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed (Proverbs 13:20).

Students need the reminder to choose their friends wisely. The first part of the verse is clear, but the Pulpit Commentary suggests that the second part needs further explanation, and adds quotes from other sources:

  • The friends of fools shall turn out the same (Vulgate interpretation).
  • He that lives with cripples learns to limp (Dutch proverb).
  • He that lies with dogs will rise up with fleas (English proverb).
  • Evil communications corrupt good manners (1 Corinthians 15: 33 KJV).

It is foolish to join the company of classmates who think that rudeness and disobedience to teachers are funny, who find ways to cheat on exams, who practice bullying or discrimination, and misuse their media devices. These and all other unwise actions can help them to self-destruct.

The advice is to choose friends who respect and support each other, who exercise sound judgment in working steadily toward their goals, whose laughter aims at a good feeling for everyone in the group. It helps for students to be the kind of friends they need, and to remember that wise friends may be few.


(4) Mentality

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

This is a great verse to post on a ruler, a notebook cover, or some other place where it can seen throughout the day.

Student fears are numerous and without some form of built-in courage, students can be overwhelmed. This verse is great to help them adopt an overcomer’s mind-set, no matter the kind of fear.

Some Age-Related Student Fears

Middle School*
High School**
College***
Inability to keep up with work
Academic competition
Not being as smart as others
Not making friends
Not belonging to a group
Not finding a best friend
Forgetting locker combination
Getting lost trying to find classes
Weird roommates
Being too different (too tall, too short, disabled)
Pressure to keep up with trendy clothes and hair
Pressure to have sex
Being late and facing the consequences
Bullying; labelled geek because of good grades
Campus crimes

Connection with a divine source fills the mind with courage instead of doubt. It enables visualization of success instead of dwelling on distractions.


(5) Wisdom

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him (James 1:5).

Wisdom is defined by the King James Version Dictionary as “the right use or exercise of knowledge.” It begins with the awareness of an Omnipotent, Omniscient God who initiates understanding (Proverbs 1:7). This consciousness of a divine being who is also Omnipresent allows students to request divine support for the learning process whenever and wherever they need it.

The important part of the prayer for wisdom is that the asking soon becomes an attitude of receiving since it is given continually. By asking, and being aware of who they are asking, students open up their minds to a generous source of wisdom which is accessible to them for a lifetime.


(6) Year-end Reward

You crown the year with Your goodness (Psalm 65:11).

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"A Great Day in June-Graduation Day" by Jcha1040 | Source

The metaphor in the first verse extends to this final scenario in which the produce of the land is harvested, and the land owner sings praises for a bountiful crop. It has been a successful year!

From the beginning of the school year, students do well to visualize a glorious ending--personal growth, good grades, good times and graduation. Such a vision helps them focus on their need for supernatural guidance, personal diligence, wise friendships, a winner's mentality and daily prayer for wisdom.

Students do their best, God does the rest and the school year ends with great success!

References

*Scholastic.com, Kids Biggest Middle School Fears (http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/back-to-school/kids-biggest-middle-school-fears)

**Mandel, Joshua Psy.D. Social Life in Middle and High School: Dealing With Cliques and Bullies – July 2010 (http://www.education.com/reference/article/bullying-in-middle-and-high-school/)

***Education.com, 8 Things First-Year Students Fear about College (http://www.education.com/reference/article/things-first-year-students-fear-college/)

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Ericdierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

How delightful and instructive is the word of the Lord. Hmm, for children you say? It would appear I am somewhat stuck in the middle school years/fears. Thank you for bringing Him into my home.


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word55 15 months ago from Chicago

Hey Dee, great way to reach out to our youth. This was very much on time. Voted up and sharing!


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Kathleen Cochran 15 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Amen. What great insight. SHARING on HP and Facebook. Wonderful timing Ms. Dora!


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MsDora 15 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Eric, you make me smile so often, but I can relate to some of those childhood ears myself. Thanks for your kind comment.


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MsDora 15 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks Word, sor reading and sharing. Hoping some adults will read these verses to the kids who are not quite able to read them.


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MsDora 15 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Kathleen, thanks for reading, sharing and making a kind comment.


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billybuc 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

This used to be a very busy time of year for me when I was a teacher. Now, it's just another calendar day. :) Love the verse choices you made, Dora.


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lifegate 15 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Hi MsDora,

I'm out of the parenting stage and into the grand-parenting stage. Still the Bible is applicable to everyone at every age, and I think you've shown that - and thank you!


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PAINTDRIPS 15 months ago from Fresno CA

Very good choices and photos. I love the diligence. We will stand before kings... and in this country that doesn't just mean Burger Kings. It could mean Senators and Presidents. Awesome.


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MarleneB 15 months ago from Northern California, USA

Wonderful! I always enjoy the scriptures you use to share wisdom. These are very fine words to live by MsDora.


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MsDora 15 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Bill, I can relate. Teaching school was my first job until I got my own children. Thanks for your approval of the verses.


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MsDora 15 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Pastor Bill, that's what I find interesting about the Bible It is so applicable to the various situations in life.


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MsDora 15 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Denise, you make me smile. Thanks for your funny-serious comment. No Burger King this time.


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MsDora 15 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Marlene. Your comment encourages me.


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whonunuwho 15 months ago from United States

Beautiful verses my friend and so appropriate in our daily living. whonu


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MsDora 15 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Whonu. Your comment is very encouraging.


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denise.w.anderson 15 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

It is amazing how quickly the summer flies and the crispness of autumn signals the beginning of another school year! These are great verses for us to take with us and remember during the school year, and throughout our lives. We all have beginnings and endings, things to learn, and challenges over which to triumph!


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WillStarr 15 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

The Bible is full of wonderful advice and direction! Good points, MsDora!


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BlossomSB 15 months ago from Victoria, Australia

A great choice of verses to encourage when the going can get tough for the young.


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MsDora 15 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Denise, you're right about these verses being useful for a lifetime. Thanks for your affirmation.


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MsDora 15 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Will, there are so many good reads to get from the Bible. Thanks for your encouragement.


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MsDora 15 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Blossom, I wish the young would recognize the Scriptures as a source of comfort and courage. Thanks for your comment.


Britt 15 months ago

You are such an outstanding writer!!!! Love this


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MsDora 15 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Britt. I appreciate your encouragement.


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Jackie Lynnley 15 months ago from The Beautiful South

If young people would take these words to heart while they are young and not have to learn the hard way!

You are full of wisdom Dora and may your words help many!

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MsDora 15 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Jackie. I think it's really the quotes that hold the wisdom, and yes, heeding them in youth can make such a difference in later life. I appreciate your kind feedback.


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Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

Fantastic hub, MsDora! If students would focus on these truths here you have shared, they will surely have a wonderful and successful school year. I will keep these in mind when I see my granddaughters, one just started kindergarten and the other is now in second grade. First thing, Lily, the kindergartener, told me was that she has four new friends. She is so happy about that, and I remember always telling my children to be sure to choose their friends wisely. It makes all the difference in the world. God loves us so much and in His Word, He gives us everything in this life, if we only do as He tells us.

God bless you always

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Vandana Patel 15 months ago from India

Just wonderful.


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida

Wonderfully shared, Ms. Dora.

Having these thoughts in mind will keep them wrapped in God's armor.

It saddens me that prayer was taken out of school. And we were not even supposed to talk about God or religion but I did. And when I did I told the kids that I might be fired for saying what I was about to say and then I went ahead and said it.

Thank you for sharing this, MsDora.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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MsDora 15 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Faith, I can tell that you're just as excited as Lily about her new friends. Your grandchildren are so blessed to have you as their grandmother. Thanks for sharing.


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MsDora 15 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Vandana, thanks for your short and sweet comment.


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MsDora 15 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Patricia, I receive the morning angels and share your concern about the need for prayer in schools. Thank you.


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Purpose Embraced 15 months ago from Jamaica

Thanks MsDora. Your hub is a source of instruction and encouragement for students at all levels, whether they are starting a new school/college or are returning students.

Students will need to make wise decisions as they move through the academic year, and asking God for wisdom will make the difference as you suggest.


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MsDora 15 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Doc, it's good to hear from you. Thanks for your affirmation on these verse; means a lot to me.


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bravewarrior 15 months ago from Central Florida

What a wonderful way to get the school year off to a good start! Positive affirmation always helps to put the jitters and insecurities at bay.


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MsDora 15 months ago from The Caribbean Author

You know it, Shauna. Thanks for your affirmation.


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FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

This is an encouraging way to start students off in their studies this year. You can always be counted on for such wisdom.


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MsDora 15 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Flourish, thanks for being so kind. Glad you like the New Year start.


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peachpurple 15 months ago from Home Sweet Home

i like the friendship quote, wonderful quotes


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Frank Atanacio 15 months ago from Shelton

a back to school pass.. that's what this hub should be.. useful MsDora, very useful :)


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MsDora 15 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Peachpurple, they're interesting for real. Thanks for your affirmation.


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MsDora 15 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Frank, that would certainly be beneficial. Thanks for your encouragement.


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Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

CONGRATS MSDORA ON WINNING ANOTHER HUBBIE!

Well-deserved!

God bless


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MsDora 15 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks Faith! Like I told Christy, I will make the effort to deserve it, going forward! I will send your congratulations from another post. Blessings on you, too.


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fpherj48 15 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Ms Dora...Congratulations on your 2015 HUBBIE AWARD!! You deserve it and we're proud of you!......Peace, Paula


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teaches12345 15 months ago

Our children face difference types of challenges than we did years ago. These verse are wonderful and your reflection on age-related fears are very much what is felt today. This is a good post for all parents and their children to read.


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MsDora 15 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Paula. I appreciate your support.


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MsDora 15 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Dianna, this comment from the winner of "Best Teacher" means very much to me. Thank you.


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Nell Rose 15 months ago from England

What a great hub! and something we should all have read and taken notice of when we were at school!


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MsDora 15 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Nell, hopefully we can share it with our younger relatives who are still in school. Thanks for your kind comment.


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Jackie Lynnley 15 months ago from The Beautiful South

Congrats on the Hubbie!


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MsDora 15 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Jackie. I appreciate your support.


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ChitrangadaSharan 15 months ago from New Delhi, India

Wise words of wisdom in a well written hub!

These are great verses for everyone to follow and remember not only during the school years but throughout our lives.

Let me take this opportunity to congratulate you for the well deserved Hubbie award. I feel honoured to follow you!

Thank you!


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MsDora 15 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Chitrangada, you are so kind and sweet. I appreciate your support and also take pleasure in reading your contributions. Hope we continue to share, going forward. Thank you very much.


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Evane 14 months ago

I can very much relate to 3 and 5 :)


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MsDora 14 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Evane, I appreciate your feedback. Hope you did well and still do very well in those two areas.


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Evane 14 months ago

Yes I do, by God's grace and guidance :)


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elle64 2 months ago from Scandinavia

Thank you for making this beautiful hub.


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MsDora 2 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Elle, I'm encouraged by your thoughtful comment. Thanks!

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