My Bible Color Code | How I Highlight My Bible

Hello, and welcome to my blog!

Have you ever wondered how to highlight verses in your Bible? If so, you have come to the right place, because I have decided to share my highlighting color-code with y’all today. I use the same code in both my paper Bible and the Bible app because I like to keep it consistent. That way, I know what I was thinking when I highlighted something. 😉

In addition to sharing with you what the colors mean, I will also include a picture of a Scripture verse (all from the HCSB) from my personal Bible demonstrating each color, just for fun. Let’s get started, shall we?


First off, I use blue to highlight the promises of God, or verses that I want to remind myself will always hold true. An example of that would be Lamentations 3:22-26…


Anything that praises the name of God and evokes thanksgiving and worship gets highlighted in gray. It reminds me what my response to God and His Word should be: awe and wonder. An example would be Psalm 107:21-22…


The color pink in my Bible means that I found comfort from the highlighted words, such as in Romans 8:25.


I wasn’t really sure what to call this color, but I’m going with apricot. XD I use this one for verses that convict me in some way or help me realize that I need to be more careful in following them. The verses that I don’t particularly like but need to wrestle and deal with anyway fall into this category. An example would be Luke 6:41-42.


Next up, we have the good old yellow highlighter. Yellow means to take heed–be cautious–listen carefully. It’s an indication that God is warning His people about something. Proverbs 12:1 is a good example…


Red means that a command is being given. God is calling us to do something, and ignoring it would be disobedience. It does not necessarily mean that Jesus is speaking, as red font would indicate; however, I have some red words of Jesus also highlighted in red. (It can get difficult to read, especially on my phone XD). I have a lot of red in Matthew 5 and 6…


I use orange whenever I see someone in the Bible setting a good example. It’s a reminder to me that I should strive to act like that person in that situation. I have several orange highlights in the book of Philippians (anyone else wish they had the same attitude as the apostle Paul??).


Green means that it’s a “gospel verse”– words that are a crucial part of the gospel or that point us to Jesus as our Savior. A good example would be Romans 5:6&8…


Last, but not least, we have purple. If something is highlighted in purple, it means that it’s special to me and/or I’ve taken it to heart as a life verse. I try to use it sparingly so that it holds a lot of weight (and also because it’s a very dark color and makes the verse hard to see XD). One of my all-time favorites is Philippians 4:13…

I also have a tenth color because I bought a pack of ten, but it’s so similar to the orange and apricot colors that I can’t distinguish it from them. I have it listed in the front cover of my Bible as “other,” but I’ve never used it.

If a particular verse doesn’t fall into one of these categories, or I’m unsure what to think about it but it still catches my attention, I simply underline it and leave it colorless. Or, if I’m using the Bible app, I use mint green for such generic underlines.

And as a bonus, when I first got my highlighters, I had fun making a key for the inside cover…


And there you have it–my color code system! I hope you’ve gotten some ideas for how to personalize your own Bible. There aren’t any rules when it comes to highlighting and taking notes, so do whatever is best for you!

I’ll see you next week with another post! God bless ❤

Always His,