Memory Verses from the Minor Prophets

Time Posted on June 29, 2010 User Andy

If you're like me, there's a good chance you don't frequently delve into the minor prophets. And you might not know that the most popular memory verse in Zephaniah is 3:17

The LORD your God is with you,
       he is mighty to save.
       He will take great delight in you,
       he will quiet you with his love,
       he will rejoice over you with singing."

As it turns out, and not doubt this is a sign of the tough economic times in which the world finds itself, the most popular memory verse in Habakkuk is also 3:17

Though the fig tree does not bud
       and there are no grapes on the vines,
       though the olive crop fails
       and the fields produce no food,
       though there are no sheep in the pen
       and no cattle in the stalls,

yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
       I will be joyful in God my Savior.

Perhaps we are all learning a collective lesson about where our focus should be. For as Haggai said in 1:5 to Zerubbabel:

Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: "Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it."

We will shortly be linking to a new page where you can search for the most popular memory verse by book of the bible. Just type in a book name and Memverse will retrieve the ten most popular verses. It still needs some work but you can preview it for now. We're hoping that this will inspire people to memorize some of the lesser known passages of Scripture.


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14 responses to Memory Verses from the Minor Prophets

Shanna M.

This is very interesting, and I will definitely use this tool, but I'm wondering what makes them "popular." Do you mean they are the most commonly memorized by Memverse users?


Yep, it is based on how many Memverse users are memorizing a particular verse (in any translation). It checks the database every time so you should expect it to change over time. It would be great to hear about other lesser known memory verses that people have found.

River La Belle

Andy, I tried the link and typed in all sorts of Book names, but nothing came up. Am I doing something wrong? And I'm sure you are working on it, but can you make a link to that page from somewhere else besides this post?


River, I found on my memverse page, maybe cuz I use Firefox and I have it pretty secure, if I hit the enter button after I type in the book name, I get nothing. I have to just type in the book name and wait a bit and THEN it shows up. Not sure if that will work for you or not, but.... :)


Yes, as Laurel says, just type in the name and wait a couple of seconds. There should be a drop-down menu that appears with all the bible books so you can just scroll down and then hit enter. The list should refresh in a few seconds.

River - if you're not seeing the drop-down menu and the list of verses never appears then it might be that you have Javascript disable in your browser.

River La Belle

Ok, thanks both of you; it worked. I guess God is trying to teach me patience!

River La Belle

Andy are you working on this page at all??
It seems to be the about same as when I checked it when you first made this post.


It opened up to , and it looked exactly like it, and I could enter a book but there was no "go" or "search", etc. button there, and the "Enter" key did not work. Is something wrong??

Alex Watt

Zachary, you just type in the book and wait. You are right there is no Go button or anything. It does take a minute. :)

River La Belle

The minor prophets are way, way, way overlooked. There are myriads of great verses in there (not that any of them aren't). We read this one during our family worship a few nights ago, and it's just . . . wow.

Zephaniah 2:11 (ESV) ~
The LORD will be awesome against them;
for he will famish all the gods of the earth,
and to him shall bow down,
each in its place,
all the lands of the nations.

I challenge everyone who reads this (not excluding myself!) to stop using the word "awesome" for trivial things. That word applies only to God (and things by which he makes himself known--WSC). He is the only 'awesome' thing in the universe. Other things may be awe-inspiring, breathtaking, staggering, magnificent, but only He is 'awesome.' Look it up in a dictionary if you have any doubts. :)

God is THE sovereign King over all nations. . . That is just one example of an awesome verse from the minor prophets.

Alex Watt

I recently added some verses from Lamentations 3, specifically verses 22-27 (NIV © 1984):

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”

The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young.


We need to have a balance of verses. I appreciate the Dashboard that shows us where most of our verses are from. I also need to work on more verses from the Gospels, as most of mine are from the Epistles. I find myself terribly unfamiliar with Jesus' earthly ministry. I recently found Prof. Horner's Bible Reading System, which I highly recommend. You read 1 chapter from 10 different lists every day, totaling 10 chapters a day. One "list" is Psalms, another Proverbs, another the Gospels, another Acts, another the books of Moses, etc. I have been using it for just over two weeks and have learned a lot already. It prevents you from getting hung up in any one place for a long time. Please check it out: (that's not the only place you can find it; just the easiest one for me to get...)

River La Belle

Those are really great verses, Alex. . .

And thanks for the recommendation! I am definitely going to check that out.

Josiah DeGraaf

Thanks for sharing this, Alex! I'll be sure to check it out.

AK (a scribe)

Hi, Andy, I just discovered your cool link above. Is there any way that additional features like this that seems to only be referred to within Blog entries, can also be assembled together in one place, perhaps under a Resources or Special Features tab which could appear under an expanded Help menu? Just a thought.

I don't know how to keep these newer features in an easy format to come to again without always having to re-find the blog where I discovered them in order to access them. Or, is there an easy way that I just haven't found out about? If so, do tell! :) Thanks.