Favourite Verse

My mother-in-law is making something special for Christmas.  For it she needs a photo of each person and their favourite verse.

I haven’t picked mine yet.

When asked this in highschool I used to say:

This is what the Sovereign LORD showed me: a basket of ripe fruit.

“What do you see, Amos?” he asked. “Abasket of ripe fruit,” I answered.  Amos 8:1-2a

Of course  she is looking for something sweet and inspirational, so I will find something more appropriate.

In the meantime, what are some of your favourite verses?  Sweet, inspiring, silly, ridiculous, horrific or scandalous.  All categories welcome.  Even if it is from the genealogies.

 (We used to go through them and find funny names for superheroes.)

10 thoughts on “Favourite Verse

  1. Ahab says:

    Favorite horrific verse? There are too many in the Old Testament to mention. Heck, there are too many in the New Testament to mention!

  2. atimetorend says:

    Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun? One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.

    Could be depressing I guess, but I always appreciate and find peace in the reality-based prose of Ecclesiastes.

    I think the Amos quote would be quite interesting on a craft.

  3. ncsteph says:

    “Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.” Song of Solomon 8:6

    just an idea…

  4. 28th chapter of Job is my favourite. I read it just for the poetry if nothing else.

  5. Love the Amos reference, and atimetorend, Ecclesiastes is definitely a classic. But my favorite is the scene where God presents Himself to Elijah in 1 Kings 19:11-13…

    The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.”

    Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.

    Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?“ NIV

    What was Elijah doing there? Exactly what God had told him to do! Not to mention the whole amusing wind-earthquake-fire-whisper sequence.

  6. prairienymph says:

    I decided to stay away from SofS, since my favourites there wouldn’t be appropriate for the family coffee table book. I went with Ecclesiastes ‘there is a time for everything’ song.

  7. Lorena says:

    Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done
    and what I had toiled to achieve,
    everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind;
    nothing was gained under the sun. Ecclesiastes 2:11

    And after realizing that, I walked away from the faith ;-))

  8. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    (Years ago I was in a serious riding accident, and may have died.l I was lying on the operating table for surgery to repair a laceration to my liver, absolutely scared to death, and this verse came to my mind right before I lost consciousness. )

    Now it’s my favorite.

  9. Horrific ones:

    Ezekiel 23:20 (look it up, I won’t post the text here)

    That lovely little ditty, “By the Waters of Babylon” (Psalm 137) which ends with, “Blessed shall be he who takes your little ones and dashes them against the rocks!”

    Proverbs 26:11 “Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly.”

    The story of Absolom was one of my favorites as a young boy, too.

    As for ones that used to be my actual favorite, Psalm 51 was my all-time favorite passage, it is great for all those guilt laden prayers of repentance that I used to pray every day.

    Romans 12:1 was also a favorite of mine, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”

    These don’t touch me nearly as much as they once did.

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