Red Letters in the Bible

The red letters in the Bible appear only in the New Testament. Beginning in Matthew chapter three, any verses and passages written in red are the words spoken by Jesus. Not all Bibles are red-letter editions, however, so not every Bible has Jesus’ words printed in red in the New Testament.

I’m not sure that you’ll see red letters if you use your cell phone either. I just looked up a verse on my Bible Gateway app and the verses were all in black, even those that are in red in my physical Bible.

When I went shopping for my new Bible, I checked to make sure it was a red-letter edition. There’s just something about reading the Bible and concentrating on Jesus’ words. They stand out in the red lettering.

Where are the Red Letters in the Bible?

Most of Matthew chapters five and six are printed in red, including The Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:10-13.

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Another familiar verse is Matthew 7:7, “Ask, and it will be given unto you; seek, and you will find.” (NKJV) The Lord’s Prayer is repeated in Luke 11:3-4.

That passage is helpful for anyone who doesn’t really know how to pray or what to say when they do. Jesus said, “When you pray, say…”

One of my favorite verses I like, especially on nights my insomnia kicks in, is Matthew 11:28, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (NKJV)

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Have You Read the Red Letters in the Bible?

One of my favorite songs that I love listening to is Crowder’s “Red Letters,” where he thanks God for His red letters.


Important Red Letter Verses to Read

There are red letters in the Bible that will actually help you in some dire situations; life lessons from Jesus Himself. Here are some that I really like, from the New King James Version (NKJV), which is what I primarily use:

Luke 4:4It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.” In the Lord’s Prayer, it’s said, “Give us this day our daily bread.” Our daily bread should be our daily devotional with God’s word, in addition to whatever we’re having for breakfast.

Luke 4:8Get thee behind Me, Satan.” (KJV) In the NKJV the word “thee” is omitted, but the omission doesn’t detract from the meaning. If you’re having a bad day, say God’s word out loud. I often just say, “Go away Satan and take your demons with you!” Doing this really does help!

John 8:36Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” I was reading some passages in John one day and came across this verse and remembered it’s part of the chorus of one of my favorite worship songs!


Acts 20:35 This is a familiar phrase that we often hear people say, especially around the holidays. “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Yes, those are the words of Jesus and printed as red letters in the Bible.

Salvation is in the Red Letters

John 3:16For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 14:6I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Matthew 28:19 After Salvation, Christians should be baptized according to God’s word. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

When You Read Your Bible…

Pay attention to any words written in red and let Jesus speak to you, not only when you’re in need or sick, but to help you always give praise and thanks to Him daily.

Do you pay attention to the Red Letters in the Bible? Share your favorite verses below!

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