Bibles make for perfect gifts for weddings, baptisms, graduations, anniversary celebrations, First Communion, and any religious event. Inscribing a Bible with a personal, thoughtful message can make the gift more precious to the receiver. However, knowing what to write can be a headache. So, what do you write in a Bible gift?
Whatever you write in a Bible Gift should be encouraging and soul-lifting. It could be a simple testimonial of God’s goodness, a Bible verse, or a phrase like “To You with Love”. A thoughtful inscription on a Bible gift – and on any gift at that – could make the gift more meaningful and special to the receiver.
Are you planning to gift a loved one a Bible and thinking of what to write on it? I’m going to offer suggestions to help. If you also need help on how to inscribe in a Bible, I’ve got everything covered in this article. So, let’s get to it!
Should You Write in a Bible?
The Bible is the Holy Book of the Christian faith. More than 2.4 billion Christians around the world consider it a sacred book. It’s no surprise, therefore, that many people believe it’s wrong to write on it. However, there’s nothing wrong with making an inscription on a Bible. As long as you’re doing it for the right purpose, then why not?
What the Bible itself condemns is changing its word or interpretation. Besides that, it doesn’t say anything about not writing on it. Some people write on the Bible to deface it and that’s completely wrong. Others write across the printed word making it impossible to read – we all can tell that isn’t the right thing to do.
If you’re presenting a Bible gift to someone, it’s completely okay to make an inscription on it. Some publishers leave a page where you can write your name and the receiver’s name, as well as the date you presented the gift. You can also make use of the title page and other pages that follow before the main content of the Bible.
How Do You Inscribe in a Bible?
Now you’ve got the perfect Bible gift. The next thing is putting a perfect inscription. A little preparation is needed before you begin. You’ll need to get an ink pen or calligraphic pen, preferably black or blue. Some self-stick labels might also prove useful if you’re printing the inscription from a computer. With your materials ready, the following two steps can take you through the process of inscribing in a Bible:
Step 1: What exactly do you want to write? Our examples of what to write in a Bible gift make for a great place to start. It’d help if you first write the inscription on paper before writing it in the Bible. You can begin with a friendly greeting, let’s say, “A gift from my heart to you, my dearly beloved Nathan Smith.” You can then follow that with the inscription.
Step 2: Now, it’s time to write the message. If you have a page in the Bible for inscription, copy the message on it. If not, look for other pages in the front of the Bible to make your inscription. When inscribing on several Bible gifts, I recommend using self-stick labels. Type in your message in a word processor and remember to select a beautiful font. Then print out the inscription on mailing labels and stick them to the Bibles.
If you don’t want to make the inscription yourself, you can contact a professional calligrapher to do the job. What’s important is getting the right thing to write on the Bible gift.
Examples of What to Write in a Bible Gift
There’s no doubt that inscribing on a Bible gift is an excellent idea. However, you don’t want to ruin everything with the wrong inscription. The following examples will give you ideas of what you could write in a Bible gift:
- Personal Notes
Giving out a gift – any gift for that matter – to someone shows how valuable the person is to you. That explains why the thought behind a gift is much more important than the cost. You could go a step further to demonstrate this by including a personal note in the gift. The note could be anything from words of affection to words of encouragement.
If you’re gifting a Bible to your child, for example, you can write:
You’re God’s blessing for me and I’m grateful for you every day. I couldn’t think of a better gift for your birthday than God’s Word, which tells of His Precious Gift to us all. I’m confident this Book will be of great blessing to you as you read it.
With Love, Mom”
Now, if you’re writing for a colleague or a spouse, the words will surely be different. It should reflect your relationship with the person and the message you want to pass across.
- Bible Verses
If you’re giving out a Bible gift to a friend, colleague, or loved one, you expect the person to read it. Then there’s no better way to set the tone than inscribing some bible verses on the gift. Besides, Bible verses often mean so much to believers. Writing them on the gift could help you connect with them on a spiritual level. Going through the Bible, there are many verses you can choose from. However, the following ones stand out:
- Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” This verse can serve as great encouragement for someone going through a distressing situation. It reminds believers that their source of strength is Christ and that they can weather any storm they are currently facing. It’s also a memorable affirmation the receiver can learn by heart and keep declaring day-in, day-out.
- Psalms 118:24 – “This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in int.” This is another inscription that can you write in a Bible gift. It reminds believers that they can be happy regardless of their present circumstances. If the recipient is someone you know that’s going through a lot, then consider writing this Bible verse on the gift.
- Joshua 1:8 – “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” This makes for a perfect inscription for new converts or people getting their first Bible gift. It is a beautiful Bible inscription that inspires believers to be diligent in the study of the Bible. Besides, that’s why you’re giving out the Bible in the first place.
- Proverbs 18:10 – “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” This verse is another good inscription you can write in a Bible gift. It reminds the believer of the security they have in the Lord if they live a pious life.
The Bible contains thousands of inspiring verses, so getting a good quote will never be a problem. You might want to add a brief explanation of the verse. However, I’d recommend you only copy the verse and let the recipient find their meaning.
- Bible Testimonial
You wouldn’t gift someone a Bible if the book doesn’t mean anything to you. So, you should have a thing or more to say about it. Also, if you’re giving a loved one a Bible, your biggest hope is that they sit down and read it. While the ball is largely in their court, a testimonial on the front pages might be all the inspiration they need.
How has the Bible been of a blessing to you? What’s your favorite Bible verse? Has the Bible helped you heal from hurt or loss? Include a testimonial of how the Bible has personally affected your life. It might just be a couple of lines, but become very meaningful to the receiver. Here’s an example of a testimonial I wrote in a Bible gift for a colleague:
Remember when I lost my Mom and I almost cried my life out? It was this Book – another copy, of course – that became my comfort. I was able to understand that there’s a life after this. This eternal hope has been my peace ever since. I’m confident this Bible will mean even more to you.”
- Quote from a Preacher
If you know the recipient’s favorite preacher, you’re in luck. You can write a popular quote from the preacher in the Bible gift. This is even better if the quote inspires them to make the Bible their everyday companion. It’s relatively easy to access the messages of most preachers today. Extract a memorable quote from any of them and copy it on the Bible.
In conclusion, a Bible is a thoughtful gift for many occasions. You can go a step further to include a personal note, Bible verse, testimonial, or preacher’s quote in the first pages of the Bible.