From being an identification of your rank in society in ancient tribes, to being associated with the dark and the evil, to being a mark of individuality, tattoos have come a long way. The designs that people use for tattoos have also undergone varied changes. Today, it is common for people to go beyond the normal and opt for something unique. It is with this change in mindset that religious tattoos have become popular.
Religious tattoos are more often than not a topic of intense discussion. It may have a lot to do with the fact that there are religions around the world which frown upon this act of creating body art. For example, scripture Leviticus 19:28 says, "You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the LORD". But these set rules are being broken and people are opting for tattoos that are spiritual and religious in nature.
A popular type of tattoo is getting verses from the Bible tattooed on one's body. It is an indication of the belief that they have and a proclamation of their faith. Bible verse tattoos are extremely popular for men, but if you want to get such a tattoo, there are some things that you need to keep in mind. The first thing that you need to do is to choose a specific verse. You need to be sure that the verse you choose is something that you truly believe in. Make a list of those scriptures that you like best and then choose the one that means the most to you. Once you have made this decision, it is up to you to choose the placement of the scripture tattoo. This often depends on the verse that you have chosen.
Some of the Bible verses are long and you would want a larger canvas like the back. But for shorter verses, you can choose the nape, your forearm, the abdominal area, etc. These are all decisions that you need to make in consultation with a good tattoo artist, especially if it is your first tattoo. In the section below, we will give you some verses from the Bible that you can use for your tattoo.
Bible Verses for Tattoos
Choosing a verse from the Bible that you want tattooed on your body is a very personal choice. It depends on your circumstances, the message that you want to live with, and also, to an extent the placement of the tattoo. The Bible has many verses that can be used as tattoos. Given below are some of the more commonly used verses from the Bible for men.
✟ For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. - John 3:16
✟ Thy Word is a Lamp Unto My Feet and a Light Unto My Path. - Psalm 119:105
✟ Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. - Hebrew 13:5
✟ Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned, forgive, and ye shall be forgiven. - Luke 6:37
✟ But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. - Isaiah 40:31
✟ 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. - Proverbs 3:5-6
✟ You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. - Isaiah 26:3
✟ Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. - 1 Peter 5:7
✟ The righteous shall live by faith. - Romans 1:17
✟ What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? - Matthew 16: 26
✟ And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. - Hebrews 11:6
✟ The LORD is close to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit. - Psalm 34:18
✟ Fear of others will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe. - Proverbs 29:25
✟ And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. - Romans 5:5
✟ Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. - Hebrews 10:23
✟ If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. - 1 John 1:9
✟ The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. - Psalm 23
These are just some of the many verses that you can use if you are intent on getting a Bible verse as tattoo. Bible verse tattoos often look better if combined with another religious symbol like a cross, a rosary, folded hands, the image of Jesus Christ or Mother Mary. Different tattoo fonts can be chosen for the tattoo. If you are making a commitment of getting a religious tattoo, then it is always a good idea to consult with a tattoo artist who understands this and who will be able to create an image for you that is truly unique and faithful to your beliefs. As with any other tattoo, proper care is essential.
It is also important that you be completely sure of the tattoo that you want. Religious tattoos such as these are a proclamation of your belief and something that you need to be sure about.