The Top 7 Most Quaker Bible Verses

What are the most relevant Bible passages to the Quaker faith? Mark Wutka shares his list.

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14 thoughts on “The Top 7 Most Quaker Bible Verses

  1. I really like you list. It gives me something to think and to meditate on. 🙂

    Since my children were small enough to understand language I have told them that if they grow up and only know and live one scripture I would be proud of them.

    “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40 (NIV)

  2. Thank you. These are wonderful verses.

    For my own list I would add 1 John 2:27 (REB):

    But as for you, the anointing which you received from him remains with you; you need no other teacher, but you learn all you need to know from his anointing, which is true and no lie.

    This speaks to me of the Friends’ idea of the Light of God in all of us that can be a true guide if we set our egos aside and open ourselves to it.


  3. Thank you for sharing. I really like Gal. 5:22. I believe we can measure our own growth on our spiritual path by the expression of these fruits in our lives.

  4. A great list. I might add Micah 6:8: “He has shown you what is good O man, and what does the lord require of you bu to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?”

    1. Alan, Micah 6:8 is a passage I cherish and one which I shared with a small group in Auckland’s central prison last Sunday.

  5. Many thanks for all those. I will send them around. My favorite, however, is the one shared by Barbara….”…whatever you do for the least of these, my brethren, you do for me”.

  6. What an inspiring list! I am grateful.
    Let me add several that were dear to my heart before I came Among Friends, but which prepared the way… giving a sense of connection between the Quaker tradition/practice, and the Judeo/Christian heritage in which I was raised:

    I Kings 19:12, about the Presence of God being in “The still, small voice.”

    Psalms 46.10, “Be still, and know that I am God.”

    Isaiah 30:15, “In stillness and quietness…”

    These truths have ALWAYS been there for us, under whatever denominational label.

  7. Christ’s ministry constantly emphasized love and care for others. He dealt with the most outcast, lepers and Samaritans
    The inclusion of Matthew 22:37 where he condenses the 10 Commandments into 2 are, to me, emphasized in a following verse. Loving God is one part of M 22:37, followed by what is known as the Golden Rule, love thy neighbor as thyself. Later in the chapter, M 23:40 is said,”in as much as you do unto the least of these, you also do to me”.
    I am helped more if I turn this around. If I show hate, intolerance, and disrespect for others I show the same to God. This violates the first part of M 22:37 which commands me to love God.
    All of the Old Testament laws regarding the treatment (punishment) of others are cancelled.

  8. I grew up in the Quaker faith and would like to get back to those roots, particularly the social issues of climate change, peace initiatives, and poverty. I find that the United Methodist Church, which I now attend, is also involved in these issues, but am interested in the Quaker viewpoint. Our next discussion in our Bible study is sustainability. How are the Quakers involved in this issue?

  9. am blessed with Quaker journal am a Quaker by faith and I feel a lot of peace love unity when ever I hear or come across my fellow faithfuls am glad I love to get more from u thank u and God bless

  10. Agreed, Margaret, always a blessing to see one’s friends, to know we do not know each other materially, yet we’re all here for the same thing we all hold common, a verse that helped me when i was a teenager was Galatians 5:16

    “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature”

    my life was turned around and saved (most literally) by religion, it took me some time to contemplate them all and what i believe in, but in the end i dedicated myself to being a Quaker, and having all of you as Friends is more then i could ask for, walk with Jesus and use your life correctly, he did not give it to us to throw away.

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