Puritan Quotes – Wisdom and Inspiration from America’s First Settlers

Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

The fear of the Lord is the initiation of wisdom.

Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, to all the souls you can, in every place you can, at all the times you can, with all the zeal you can, as long as ever you can.

Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

The soul is never satisfied with the things of this world. Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

The Lord disciplines those he loves.

In the valley of patience, the grass grows green.

When you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

Be still and know that I am God.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.

The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.

But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.

Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!

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

But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.

For we walk by faith, not by sight.

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

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