75 Religious Meaningful Bible Verses Tattoo Designs
A tattoo made up of your favorite Bible verse is a great way to indicate your faith as well as give you inspiration in your life. It is also important to know that Bible verse tattoos aren’t restricted to believers.
Some people just like the message in some of the verses, and choose to have the tattoo despite not being Christians.
Most often, people have complete Bible verses tattooed in their design, including the title. This is not a must, though, some verses are so common they can easily be deciphered simply from the title. In such a case, a simple book, chapter and verse title is sufficient as a Bible verse tattoo.
Another way of quickly stating a Bible verse is to cut off portions of the verse, which could either be at the beginning or the end. Using ellipses will keep the verse brief, leaving the reader to fill in the rest. Here are some common Bible verses you can check out to give you an idea.
Common Bible verses
John 3:16 – This verse is very significant to a Christian because it is the basis for all the faith. In the verse is stated how God sent Jesus to the earth for all our salvation, encouraging others to follow him.
Philippians 4:13 – Paul wrote the book of Philippians as a letter to the people. The message in this verse encourages people to put their faith in God, it is a call to include God in all our activities in order to succeed.
Psalms 23 – Christians should trust in God for protection against evil. In this verse, the writer reminds every one of His protection. Beside protection, it also guarantees the Lord’s provision, stating that God is the provider.
Timothy 1:7 – in this letter of Paul to Timothy, he reminds him to be strong and courageous even through challenges. It also offers motivation to the rest of us not to worry but put our trust in God.
Psalms 40:2 – this verse may be an appropriate tattoo for one who has been through a tough time and survived. It is a statement of God’s redeeming power and restoration from trouble and difficulty.
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Placement of Bible verses tattoos
Finding the best location to tattoo a Bible verse is a matter of the amount of detail. A simple title can be small enough to be tattooed on the wrist or even the fingers, any more details and you would have to compromise in details or font.
If you want a complete Bible verse tattooed, you might have to shift either to the shoulder or the back, because the verse may be long. Including other imagery, like the cross might force you to move to the back where there’s a larger canvas for all the details you want.
There are, however, some ways around the positioning: reducing the font may allow you to have a complete Bible verse even on your arm, although it may not be as readable.
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Types of Bible verses tattoos
- Written on scroll
There’s no better way to illustrate the words of the Bible to be ancient as through text written in scroll. Scrolls were the medium on which text was written down, and even now we sometimes still discover ancient scrolls with Bible verses written.
You can, therefore, have a Bible verse printed on a scroll tattooed to indicate that the text is everlasting.
- Printed on the Bible
This is a more direct approach to revealing the source of the text, since some people may not recognize a particular block of text. Having the image of a Bible and the text over it will show clearly that it’s a verse from the Bible.
- Other languages
The Bible, being ancient was not originally written in English, since the English language was not invented back then.
The Bible was largely written in Hebrew and Greek depending on the time and location of the incidents, with the Old Testament being largely in Hebrew and the New Testament in Greek.
Using a foreign language to tattoo a Bible verse is mainly for privacy, as most people won’t be able to read the language. It is a great way to have a very personal message remain hidden from other people despite it being seen. Plus you also get a totally unique design, one that may not be seen on any other person.
These languages, Hebrew and Greek, are somehow lost on us, and it’s very difficult to find an accurate translation. Besides, there are many variations in each language, and you need to do an in-depth research on the characters. It may be a pain to do all this, but it’s the price for having a unique design.
- Biblical imagery
There are plenty of images used in the Bible to represent various aspects of the belief. You should peruse through the Bible and find an image that’s truly outstanding to use with your tattoo.
If it’s large enough, you can have the Bible verse tattooed within, otherwise, the text may go around the image or just simply overlay the image.
One of the simplest, but also common, image is the cross and crucifixes. They are common especially among Roman Catholics who usually have one physically. The cross is a symbol of our salvation through the crucifixion of Jesus, and it is therefore a fundamental symbol in all Christianity.
A good variation to the cross is to have a snake coiled around it, like in the story Numbers 21:8. In this case, the snake is considered a symbol of Christ.
If you feel like a little gloom, there’s nothing terrifying than the pentagram or pentacle. Although it’s not directly stated in the Bible, many Christians believe it’s a symbol of Satan the destroyer. Use of this symbol is more for warning others to beware of the danger of not believing.
- Animals and plants
The Bible mentions various animals in different contexts, and some have acquired a specific association with certain qualities. For example, the dove is a symbol of peace and a gentle heart while the eagle a symbol of strength and success.
Plants, on the other hand, have not been mentioned by species, but certain actions are associated with vegetation. For example, Jesus said “I am the tree of life”, and an image of a tree could indicate the meaning of this statement.