Walk through the Old Testament

Time Posted on December 31, 2012 User Phil Walker

Several years ago, I had picked a key verse for every chapter of the New Testament.  This year, I am picking a key verse for every chapter of the Old Testament.  GENESIS is done as you can see below.  I would love ideas for what you think should be key verses for any of the chapters in the other books.

For those who want to memorize these key verses, we are starting an accountability chart.  Every 10 verses equals 1 letter.  Since there are more than 260 chapters in the OT, we will have a creative variation on the accountability chart for those who make it through Z the first time.  To declare, give your first name, the first initial of your last name, the state or country you are from, and either the 10 references of the verses you memorized or a description.

I will be writing out a devotional for each of these key verses.  These will be listed on the Memverse Forum.  Anyone who would like to receive the daily verse with the devotional can request it by email to philjohn1558@yahoo.com

Which of the Genesis verses below have you found to be worth memorizing?  Which do you already know?

We would love to list all participants as an encouragement and inspiration to others.  We would also love to list all groups memorizing together.

2013 HAKOTS participants:  = Angela M; Anita; Connie McLean; Daniel; Idaman; Jacky Walker; Karen F; Lee C;  Lewi; Matthew Glick; Phil Walker; PrayerWarrior13; SavedByGrace = 13 people

Groups memorizing together:  Walkers (Phil, Jacky, Junior), Idaman, Daniel, and Lewi memorizing in the 1984 NIV at the STT Setia campus in West Jakarta, Indonesia

Accountability Chart: Those who wish can join our chart where we will list the first name, first initial of the last name, state (or country), and progress.  The first 260 verses convenently breaks down into 26 groups of 10 verses each to be declared.  Verses don't have to declared in order.  A sample declaration would be Zach J  NY  Genesis 1-10. On the chart, we will not go faster than a one verse per day pace.  However, you can declare whenever you want.

Angela M      OH    A   B

Lee C            NH    A

Karen F        WI    A   B   C   D

Matthew G  OH  A   B

I recommend memorizing this list of verses for Bible Bee enthusiasts, SavedbyGrace's "entire Bible" group, and any others who want a good overall grasp of the Old Testament.  Others may simply want a collection of 929 powerful treasures.  Please let us know if you are joining, if you have family or friends memorizing with you, and if you have any tips or ideas to encourage or support others in the group.  I will be using the Memverse Forum to post my daily email devotionals I send out based on these verses. I look forward to any feedback, insights, or thoughts you have as we interact with the daily Scripture and each other’s thoughts.

GENESIS 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
GENESIS 2:17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die
GENESIS 3:15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.
GENESIS 4:7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.
GENESIS 5:24 Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.
GENESIS 6:9 This is the account of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God.
GENESIS 7:23 Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; men and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds of the air were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.
GENESIS 8:22 As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.
GENESIS 9:16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.
GENESIS 10:9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD; that is why it is said, "Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the LORD."
GENESIS 11:4 Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth."
GENESIS 12:4 So Abram left, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Haran.
GENESIS 13:17 "Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you."
GENESIS 14:18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High,
GENESIS 15:5 He took him outside and said, "Look up at the heavens and count the stars - if indeed you can count them." Then he said to him, "So shall your offspring be."
GENESIS 16:13 She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: "You are the God who sees me," for she said, "I have now seen the One who sees me."
GENESIS 17:7 I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.
GENESIS 18:14 "Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son."
GENESIS 19:26 But Lot's wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.
GENESIS 20:11 Abraham replied, "I said to myself, 'There is surely no fear of God in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.'
GENESIS 21:1 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised.
GENESIS 22:14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, "On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided."
GENESIS 23:4 "I am an alien and a stranger among you. Sell me some property for a burial site here so I can bury my dead."
GENESIS 24:56 But he said to them, "Do not detain me, now that the LORD has granted success to my journey. Send me on my way so I may go to my master."
GENESIS 25:23 The LORD said to her, "Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger."
GENESIS 26:22 He moved on from there and dug another well, and no one quarreled over it. He named it Rehoboth, saying, "Now the LORD has given us room and we will flourish in the land."
GENESIS 27:36 Esau said, "Isn't he rightly named Jacob ? He has deceived me these two times: He took my birthright, and now he's taken my blessing!" Then he asked, "Haven't you reserved any blessing for me?"
GENESIS 28:16 When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, "Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it."
GENESIS 29:20 So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.
GENESIS 30:22 Then God remembered Rachel; he listened to her and opened her womb.
GENESIS 31:24 Then God came to Laban the Aramean in a dream at night and said to him, "Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad."
GENESIS 32:28 Then the man said, "Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome."
GENESIS 33:10 "No, please!" said Jacob. "If I have found favor in your eyes, accept this gift from me. For to see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favorably.
GENESIS 34:9 Intermarry with us; give us your daughters and take our daughters for yourselves.
GENESIS 35:3 "Then come, let us go up to Bethel, where I will build an altar to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and who has been with me wherever I have gone."
GENESIS 36:9 This is the account of Esau the father of the Edomites in the hill country of Seir.
GENESIS 37:28 So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt.
GENESIS 38:1 At that time, Judah left his brothers and went down to stay with a man of Adullam named Hirah.
GENESIS 39:2 The LORD was with Joseph and he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master.
GENESIS 40:23 The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.
GENESIS 41:16 "I cannot do it," Joseph replied to Pharaoh, "but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires."
GENESIS 42:1 When Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons, "Why do you just keep looking at each other?"
GENESIS 43:14 "And may God Almighty grant you mercy before the man so that he will let your other brother and Benjamin come back with you. As for me, if I am bereaved, I am bereaved."
GENESIS 44:32 "Your servant guaranteed the boy's safety to my father. I said, 'If I do not bring him back to you, I will bear the blame before you, my father, all my life!"
GENESIS 45:7 But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
GENESIS 46:4 "I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again. And Joseph's own hand will close your eyes."
GENESIS 47:31 "Swear to me," he said. Then Joseph swore to him, and Israel worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.
GENESIS 48:20 He blessed them that day and said, "In your name will Israel pronounce this blessing: 'May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh.' " So he put Ephraim ahead of Manasseh.
GENESIS 49:24 But his bow remained steady, his strong arms stayed limber, because of the hand of the Mighty One of Jacob, because of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel,

GENESIS 50:20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. 

Cat Churches and Groups
Tag memory verses, old testament

37 responses to Walk through the Old Testament

Phil Walker

Anybody up for memorizing these with me? I pray that these verses will give us a good skeleton overview of the whole OT, will whet our appetite to know more of the context around these verses, and will give us wonderful gems to build our lives on.

2 Corinthians 5:17

Sounds interesting! How many verses total?


@Rachel--929, to be exact. :)

@Mr. Walker--I would love to join! I won't be going at the same pace as the rest of the group, but I would enjoy doing this. These will be my first verses memorized in ESV... :)

2 Corinthians 5:17

Wow! O_O Hmmm....that's A LOT, but seems like there would be more! ;)

Talia "StoryMaker"

Wow! This sounds like a really cool idea...I'll seriously consider participating :)

Sydney (aka The Gopher)

I'll try to memorize these.


I may try to do it, but if I do, I probably won't memorize at the same pace as everyone else. But it's good I've already memorized one of those verses (But everybody probably has) -- Genesis 1:1.
Mr. Walker, you also asked which ones are worth memorizing -- my opinion is all of them!!!!!

I'll consider this, and if I decide I want to do it, I'll email you. THANK YOU!

Happy New Year! 2013... That sounds so strange! But 2012 sounded strange too on its first day, 'cause I was used to saying 2011.
shift + 5 For Genesis 1:1
shift + 1 for most of the others probably.

Connie McLean

Just love this cite. I just joined, but I am well on my way to having memorized 10 verses already-but not in Genesis. Of course, they don't show up as memorized yet, but they will by February. I am going to start using the verses you have indicated-and give it a whirl. So, I quess I will see how successful I am in about 30 days or more.

Bethany Meckle (inactive)

Cool! I would love to do this too, but I have so many other memorization projects going right now it will have to wait a while. :)

Phil Walker

Welcome to Memverse Connie!! Glad you joined us. There is much to love here as you get to know everything Andy,Alex, Emeka and others have done to help people memorize. Lots to tools available to equip, encourage, and inspire people. I will have the HAKOTS accountability chart going soon. You can declare verses memorized there even if Memverse has not yet recognized them as memorized.


Angela M OH Genesis 1-10! I may not do all the Old Testament, but I'm going to try to do Genesis, and if that goes well, the Pentateuch, and then I'll see what I want to do from there!

Nathan Wright: Impersonator Hunter


Nathan Wright: Impersonator Hunter


The author deleted this comment, the author's account was NOT HACKED, just so everyone knows.


Actually, OCTSRIS, you're supposed to put a letter for each ten verses you memorize. :) Just so you know. :)

Karen F.

Karen F WI, Genesis 1-10! This has been really fun! I just love the idea of knowing a verse from EVERY chapter in the OT. :-)

Phil Walker

Karen, great to see you joining the Accountability chart. I hope to jump on myself soon. I agree that it is neat to have a skeleton overview as well as various treasures from the OT. I am loving learning these verses.

Karen F.

Thanks Mr. Walker. Is there a difference between being part of the 2013 HAKOTS, and just being on the accountability chart? I was wondering because I see my name has been added to the accountablity chart, but not counted in the HAKOTS.

Phil Walker

In theory, participation in 2013 HAKOTS is the inclusive group that has everyone on the accountability chart as well as anyone else who simply says they want to memorize some of these verses with us. However, sometimes the blog administrator is slow in updating one or both of the lists. Sorry for the confusion.

Karen F.

No problem. That makes sense - thanks for the explanation. :-) And I see that now my name is on the HAKOTS list. :-)


Angela M OH B=Genesis 11-20!

Karen F.

I'm caught up with Angela now. :-) Karen F WI B=Genesis 11-20! Keep up the good work memorizing all these verses everyone! Isn't this fun? :-)

Phil Walker

Great job making through 20 verses, Angela and Karen.


I would love to sign up for the verse per Chapter in the Old Testament. I thank you so very much for going back over and doing this all again. I had looked in MANY places on the internet for a verse for each of the Old Testament chapters, but could only find them for the New Testament.
I would just love to be able to memorize a verse a day, but still feel quite new to this. \
Thank you again for the lovely verses, just looking over the first 10, they actually warm my heart !, Perhaps I am 'a strange one'. lol

Phil Walker

Anita, nice to see you joining us and to read your thoughts. I added you to the list. To join the accountability chart, just let us know when you have memorized 10 verses. You can see the devotional thoughts on each verse on the Forum page, or to receive the devotionals daily by email send me a message at philjohn1558@yahoo.com

Praise God for the awesome foundation He gave our faith in the Old Testament!!

Karen F.

Karen F WI C=Genesis 21-30.

Matt Glick - NY/OH

Matthew G Genesis 1-20. What a good way to get things in biblical order. I am really enjoying this. Although I am only doing 5 verses a week, I'll see if I can get up to the 1 verse a day, Thanks for the motivation.

I posted a reply over on the forum. Is there any difference there from here? just did not see my name on the list.

Phil Walker

Matthew, sorry for the delay. Great to see you joining us. You are now listed among the HAKOTS members and on the accountability chart.

Karen, glad you are memorizing on. Trust you enjoyed the 10 new verses. My favorite from the group you memorized is GENESIS 29:20 So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.

It reminds me to always cherish my wife and to constantly look for times I can show her my love.

A reminder that anyone who wants can receive the daily devotional on these verses by emailing philjohn1558@yahoo.com

Elaina Garcia

Mr. Walker, I just thought I'd tell you that I came in first for Bible quizzing!!!!!!!!! :) I thought you'd be excited!

Phil Walker

Yes Elaina, I am excited and very glad you are still quizzing. Also great to see you here on Memverse. Who was on the Clinton Corners team? Anybody else I know?

Karen F.

Karen F WI D= Genesis 31-40!

Elaina Garcia

We were actually on the Fishkill team with the Ferrettis, and Dani Bennet, but I don't think you know him.

Phil Walker

Elaina, very neat that you could join the Ferrettis with the Bible Quizzing.

Karen, great to see your faithfulness in memorizing the GENESIS verses. I trust they are a blessing to you.

Joe L.-- but Jesus comes 1st

Pressing On the Upward Way :) _____ join if you have no group

Matt Glick - NY/OH

Matthew G NY - Genesis 21-40
Phil, Is there a list somewhere for Exodus 1-40, I am ready to add them verses to my list, but could not locate them.
PS. I was from OH but am currently in NY if you could change that. Also, I see your in the NY State Leader board, where about are you in NY?

Karen F.

Karen F WI - Genesis 41-50 (E) Yay! Genesis completed! :-) I'm working on some of the Exodus verses that were listed on the forum now.

Great job Matthew! It's encouraging to see that you are still diligently memorizing the HAKOTS verses. Keep it up!
By the way, you can find a lot of the Exodus verses listed on the "Walk Through the Old Testement" Forum. I'm not sure if all 40 verses are there, but at least you can get started. :-)

Karen F.

Karen F WI - Exodus 1-10 (F)


I would LOVE to be able to remember all of those, Mr. Walker! But I'm only 11! LOL