Scripture References for Engraving

Scripture References
(Perfect for Engraving)

Searching for the perfect message to engrave?  There's a good chance that the Bible has what you're looking for.  And, by engraving just the scripture reference (eg. Proverbs 3:5-6), you can say a lot in a very small space.  If you're limited on how many characters will fit on the item you're purchasing, we've listed the accepted abbreviations for books of the bible at the bottom of this page.  So, for example, Proverbs 3:4-6 can be abbreviated as Prv 3:5-6

Listed below are a few of our favorite scripture references from Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Numbers.  We've included the scripture reference, a brief synopsis, the scripture passage itself, and the bible version where the translation can be found.  In most cases, we've cited the Living Bible translation simply because it is a modern day English translation of scripture, and often easier to understand.

If you find this section helpful, please let us know and we'll add more to the list.

Scripture Reference Synopsis Scripture Passage Bible Version
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in God rather than yourself . . . Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him,  and he will make your paths straight. (NIV)
Proverbs 3:9-10 Stewardship . . . Honor the Lord by giving him the first part of all your income, and he will fill your barns with wheat and barley and overflow your wine vats with the finest wines. (Living Bible)
Proverbs 3:13-15 The value of wisdom and understanding . . . Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.  She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. (NIV)
Proverbs 3:27-28 Repaying a debt. . . Don’t withhold repayment of your debts.Don’t say “some other time,” if you can pay now. (Living Bible)
Proverbs 11:24-25 Charitable giving. . . It is possible to give away and become richer!  It is also possible to hold on too tightly and lose everything.  Yes, the liberal man shall be rich!  By watering others, he waters himself. (Living Bible)
Proverbs 12:28 Fear of dying “The path of the godly leads to life.  So why fear death?” (Living Bible)
Proverbs 13:12 Hope for the future “Hope deferred makes the heart sick; but when dreams come true at last, there is life and joy.” (Living Bible)
Proverbs 14:4 You have to get your hands dirty to become successful. . . “An empty stable stays clean—but there is no income from an empty stable.” (Living Bible)
Proverbs 14:26 To a spiritual parent “Reverence for God gives a man deep strength; his children have a place of refuge and security.” (Living Bible)
Proverbs 14:31 Helping the poor.. “Anyone who oppresses the poor is insulting God who made them.  To help the poor is to honor God. (Living Bible)
Proverbs 15:15 Maintaining a cheerful disposition “When a man is gloomy, everything seems to go wrong;  when he is cheerful, everything seems right!” (Living Bible)
Proverbs 16:3 Involve the Lord in your plans . . . “Commit your work to the Lord, then it will succeed.” (Living Bible)
Proverbs 16:9 God’s plan for our lives is more perfect than our own . . . “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” (NIV)
Proverbs 16:20 Obedience brings about blessings . . . “God blesses those who obey him; happy the man who puts his trust in the Lord.” (Living Bible)
Proverbs 16:33 Heads or Tails. . . “We toss the coin, but it is the Lord who controls its decision.” (Living Bible)
Proverbs 17:13 Responding to good deeds . . . “If a man pays back evil for good, evil will never leave his house.” (NIV)
Proverbs 18:15 Be open to new ideas . . . “The intelligent man (or woman) is always open to new ideas.  In fact, he looks for them.” (Living Bible)
Proverbs 18:17 Keep an open mind “Any story sounds true until someone tells the other side and sets the record straight.” (Living Bible)
Proverbs 19:14 The blessing of an understanding wife “A father can give his sons homes and riches, but only the Lord can give them understanding wives.” (Living Bible)
Proverbs 19:17 Helping the poor “When you help the poor you are lending to the Lord – and he pays wonderful interest on your loan!” (Living Bible)
Proverbs 20:7 An honest father “It is a wonderful heritage to have an honest father.” (Living Bible)
Proverbs 20:24 Don’t fret about ‘why’ things happen “Since the Lord is directing our steps, why try to understand everything that happens along the way?” (Living Bible)
Proverbs 21:9 Selecting a wife “It is better to live in the corner of an attic than with a crabby woman in a lovely home.” (Living Bible)
Proverbs 21:20 Financial advice “The wise man saves for the future, but the foolish man spends whatever he gets.” (Living Bible)
Proverbs 24:4 Advice to a business owner or manager “Any enterprise is built by wise planning, becomes strong through common sense, and profits wonderfully by keeping abreast of the facts.” (Living Bible)
Proverbs 25:13 From an employer to an employee “A faithful employee is as refreshing as a cool day in the hot summertime.” (Living Bible)
Proverbs 26:10 The most highly skilled workers aren't always the most desirable employees “The master may get better work from an untrained apprentice than from a skilled rebel.” (Living Bible)
Proverbs 27:11 A parent's wish for his or her child “My son, how happy I will be if you turn out to be sensible!  It will be a public honor to me.” (Living Bible)
Proverbs 27:21 The virtue of humility “The purity of silver and gold can be tested in a crucible, but a man is tested by his reaction to men’s praise.” (Living Bible)
Proverbs 28:5 Concern for justice “Evil men don’t understand the importance of justice, but those who follow the Lord are much concerned about it.” (Living Bible)
Proverbs 28:13 Earning a second chance “A man who refused to admit his mistakes can never be successful.  But if he confesses and forsakes them, he gets another chance.” (Living Bible)
Proverbs 31:30 The ideal wife “Charm can be deceptive and beauty doesn’t last, but a woman who fears and reverences God shall be greatly praised.” (Living Bible)
Ecclesiastes 3:11-13 Wise counsel for how to live your life “Everything is appropriate in its own time.  But though God has planted eternity in the hearts of men, even so, many cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from the beginning to end.  So I conclude that first, there is nothing better for a man than to be happy and to enjoy himself as long as he can; and second, that he should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of his labors, for these are gifts from God.” (Living Bible)
Ecclesiastes 5:20 Content yourself with what you have “To enjoy your work and to accept your lot in life – that is indeed a gift from God.  The person who does that will not need to look back with sorrow on his past, for God gives him joy.” (Living Bible)
Ecclesiastes 5:4-5 Keeping promises made to God “So when you talk to God and vow to him that you will do something, don’t delay in doing it, for God has no pleasure in fools.  Keep your promise to him.  It is far better not to say you’ll do something than to say you will and then not do it.” (Living Bible)
Ecclesiastes 7:5-6 Consider the source of praise “It is better to be criticized by a wise man than to be praised by a fool!  For a fool’s compliment is as quickly gone as paper in a fire, and it is silly to be impressed by it.” (Living Bible)
Ecclesiastes 7:13-14 Learn to take the good with the bad “See the way God does things and fall into line.  Don’t fight the facts of nature.  Who can straighten what he has made crooked?  Enjoy prosperity whenever you can, and when hard times strike, realize that God gives one as well as the other—so that everyone will realize that nothing is certain in this life.” (Living Bible)
Ecclesiastes 9:9 Advice to a new or not-so-new husband. . . “Live happily with the woman you love through the fleeting days of life, for the wife God gives you is your best reward down here for all your earthly toil.” (Living Bible)
Ecclesiastes 9:14-17 The importance of being wise, but humble. . . “There was a small city with only a few people living in it, and a great king came with his army and besieged it.  There was in the city a wise man, very poor, and he knew what to do to save the city, and so it was rescued.  But afterwards no one thought any more about him.  Then I realized that though wisdom is better than strength, nevertheless, if the wise man is poor, he will be despised, and what he says will not be appreciated.  But even so, the quiet words of a wise man are better than the shout of a king of fools.” (Living Bible)
Ecclesiastes 11:4 Avoid Procrastination “If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.” (Living Bible)
Ecclesiastes 11:7-8 As we age, we should focus at least as much energy on our eternal life as we do on the present. . . “It is a wonderful thing to be alive!  If a person lives to be very old, let him rejoice in every day of life, but let him also remember that eternity is far longer, and that everything down here is futile in comparison.” (Living Bible)
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 The wisdom of Solomon “Here is my final conclusion: fear God and obey his commandments, for this is the entire duty of man.  For God will judge us for everything we do, including every hidden thing, good or bad.” (Living Bible)
Numbers 6:24-26 Blessing for the people first provided by Moses' brother Aaron following the Exodus from Egypt. “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace." (NIV)
Matthew 5:3-11 The Beatitudes ... delivered by Jesus from the mountainside.  Any one of the verses might be an excellent inscription for the 'right' person. 3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 The marriage partnership . . . "Two are better than one,  because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down,  his friend can help him up.  But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!  Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.  But how can one keep warm alone?  Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.  A cord of three strands is not quickly broken." (NIV)
Matthew 6:9-13 The Lord's Prayer . . . "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one." (NIV)
Numbers 11:11-15 Challenges of leadership Moses said to the Lord, “Why pick on me, to give me the burden of a people like this?  Are they my children?  Am I their father?  Is that why you have given me the job of nursing them along like babies until we get to the land you promised their ancestors?  Where am I supposed to get meat for all these people?  For they weep to me saying, ‘Give us meat!’  I can’t carry this nation by myself!  The load is too heavy!  If you are going to treat me like this, pleas kill me right now; it will be a kindness!  Let me out of this impossible situation!” (Living Bible)

Standard abbreviations:

Genesis Gen. or Gn Ecclesiastes Eccles. or Eccl
Exodus Exod. or Ex Esther Est
Leviticus Lev. or Lv Malachi Mal. or Mal
Numbers Num. or Nm Proverbs Prov. or Prv
Ecclesiastes Eccl Psalms Ps. or Ps
Deuteronomy Deut. or Dt Matthew Matt. or Mt