Dave’s Top Ten Underquoted, Undermemorized Bible Verses

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1. Remember when you are rushed in the morning: Jesus said, “Come, have breakfast.” (John 21:12)

2. Remember before engaging stupidity on the internet: Do not answer fools according to their folly, or you will be a fool yourself. (Proverbs 26:4)

3. Remember when confronting racism, bigotry, and homophobia, and as a corollary to #2: Answer fools according to their folly, or they will be wise in their own eyes. (Proverbs 26:5)

4. Use when someone quotes Proverbs at you: Like a thornbrush brandished by the hand of a drunkard is a proverb in the mouth of a fool. (Proverbs 26:9)

5. Use when someone cuts you off in traffic: “You son of a perverse and rebellious woman! [You are a] shame to your mother’s genitals!” (1 Samuel 20:30)

6. Use on a first date or, if you are a dental hygienist, with your patients who floss: Your teeth are like a flock of shorn ewes that have come up from the washing, all of which bear twins, and not one of them are bereaved. (Song of Solomon 4:2)

7. Use with people who claim to take the Bible literally, and then follow up with, “Does God break God’s promises?”: The Lord will bring you back in ships to Egypt, by a route that I promised you would never see again. (Deuteronomy 28:68)

8. Remember when watching the news: When all the prisoners of the land are crushed under foot, when human rights are perverted in the presence of the Most High, when one’s case is subverted—does the Lord not see it? (Lamentations 3:34)

9. When you witness environmental destruction: As for you, my flock, thus says the Lord God: I shall judge between sheep and sheep, between rams and goats: Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture, but you must tread down with your feet the rest of the pasture? When you drink of clear water, must you foul the rest with your feet? And must my sheep eat what you have trodden with your feet, and drink what you have fouled with your feet? (Ezekiel 34:17-19)

10. When life gets too much for you:  Jesus said, “Come, have breakfast.” (John 21:12)