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My first Bible verse

Updated on October 5, 2014

The first scripture I ever learned

I'm thankful that memorizing Bible passages was a part of my childhood and education. It has been an important part of my foundation in Christian teachings.

The first Bible verse that I ever memorized was Matthew 5:8 -- "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." (KJV)

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Matthew 5:8

I was a young child when I first learned this passage of scripture. I was probably around 5 years old. I think it's a beautiful verse for a child to learn. It's not too long, it talks about positive values, and it's easy to understand.

I still remember, when I was a little girl, the spiritual feeling that this verse gave me and the desire to be loving toward God and other people.

Teach them diligently unto thy children

And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. -- Deuteronomy 6:7

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Purity of heart

What does it mean to us grown-ups?

The dictionary says that pure means: "(1): unmixed with any other matter ['pure gold'] (2): free from dust, dirt, or taint ['pure springwater']" (Merriam-Webster)

Definition #2 is obvious but so difficult. To have a clean heart, to purge ourselves of impurities in our thoughts and feelings. Through our own efforts it would be impossible. Only through the power of the Holy Ghost can it be done.

Definition #1 talks about being "unmixed". What this says to me is that we should strive to be single-minded in our desires and our priorities. My father says in sermons sometimes that the reason some people have a hard time following Jesus is because they haven't completely decided which they want the most: To follow God or to be rich? To be a disciple of Christ or to be popular?

James 4:8 says, " . . . purify your hearts, ye double minded." This reinforces the idea that being single-minded is what it means to be pure in heart.

To show the kind of commitment to Christ that He showed to us, we need to make our devotion to Him the clear priority in our lives. That purity in heart will help us to find direction in our lives more clearly and also make our lives a testimony to those around us.

An example of purity in heart: The prophet Daniel

Michelangelo's painting of the prophet Daniel from the Sistine Chapel
Michelangelo's painting of the prophet Daniel from the Sistine Chapel

The often quoted scripture about Daniel is in Daniel 1:8: "But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself."

This illustrates both definitions of purity. Daniel wanted to remain clean and undefiled, and he also made a decision to have established priorities.

In his lifetime, he did achieve worldly success and wealth, but he never forgot what was most important to him. He pursued his relationship with God with a singular focus.

Matthew 5:8 says that the pure in heart will "see God". This was definitely manifested in Daniel's life as he had actual prophetic visions.

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. - Proverbs 4:23

A heart-shaped impression seen on the surface of Mars.  From Wikimedia Commons.
A heart-shaped impression seen on the surface of Mars. From Wikimedia Commons.

© 2010 Joan Hall

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I am so glad I was taught the Bible and learned to memorize so many verses during my childhood. Bringing up the verse at different times during my life has been a real blessing and a source of comfort. Thanks for sharing your verse.

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      Fay Favored 

      4 years ago from USA

      It's wonderful that you can recall the first verse of scripture that you memorized. If I realized at the age of 9 when I received Christ that those passages would come to mean so much in my life, maybe I would have taken the time to write down the verse and date.

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      Senora M 

      7 years ago

      great lens! i have my boys (3 and 2) memorize Bible verses. they do a great job. it's never too early!! blessed!

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      BlenderHead LM 

      7 years ago

      Love that verse! :)

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      8 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      What a great first verse for a child to learn. This lens makes me want to write one about verses I learned as a child.

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      8 years ago

      When I was a child my parent sent me to a Sunday School that was apart from our church and help in our little district in the evenings. We learned bible verses and songs. It was a fun time.

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      8 years ago

      Great writing and thought, very impressive colors. Good Job.

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      8 years ago

      Although I'm an antitheist, but this still widen my field of vision. Thanks for sharing!

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      8 years ago

      I love this lens...Thanks, 5* to you!

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      9 years ago

      Thank you for this very clear presentation. God bless you!

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      Virginia Allain 

      9 years ago from Central Florida

      John 3 - 16 was the one that stuck from my childhood. Very nice lens.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      9 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Love this "first" - great choice of scripture and you did a great job of discussing its meaning for us adults.

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      9 years ago from Australia

      What a lovely "first". I agree that it is important to memorise scripture, We try to memorise big chunks.

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      Robin S 

      9 years ago from USA

      What a beautiful memory to share. I don't remember my first verse but I do remember the first song I learned was "this little light of mine."

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      Susan Deppner 

      9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Great lens and a really great "first"!

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      Leanne Chesser 

      9 years ago

      Great job on your first lens in the challenge! This Bible verse must be very important to you for you to remember that it was the first one you memorized!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      9 years ago from United States

      A beautiful lens and an excellent "first"

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      9 years ago

      Beautiful lens!


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