Ten verses that get at what the Bible has to say: what are they?

As mentioned on ancient hebrew poetry these are my picks:

Genesis 3:6
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.

Romans 3:20
For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.

1 Samuel 15:22
And Samuel said, “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.”

Ezekiel 36:26-27
And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.

Matthew 5:3
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 7:13
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.

1 Corinthians 15:22
For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Philippians 3:10-11
I want to know Christ–yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. (TNIV)

Revelation 21:3-4
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

I’m just a guppy in the biblioblogosphere but wanted to give it a shot.

Edit: please see the comments. I don’t want to change my list after the fact so I will leave it as is but in light of what was said I would change it a bit.

2 Responses to “Ten verses that get at what the Bible has to say: what are they?”

  1. 1 John Hobbins


    I might want to see a text that speaks of the torah in a more positive way, say something from Ps 19 or 119, and not only in terms of its role in convicting us of sin, but that’s a nice range of texts. Thanks for all that you do.

  2. 2 ScriptureZealot

    Thank you very much for commenting. It’s unexpected from you.

    I can see what you’re saying and I do believe that the moral law as written in the Torah is very important and relevant to us. I can see the hole there but will leave as is so as not to cheat.

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