Jesus's Words

300+ Commands of Jesus

Compiled by Galen Currah, 2002: May be freely copied.

Compiled from The Greatest Life Ever Lived, by Cheny and Ellisen, 1999 edition by Meltebeke and Meltebeke (the four Gospels blended, adding nothing, omitting nothing.)

Many commands of Jesus are direct, grammatical imperatives; these are indicated by (D). Others are more indirect, including purpose clauses; these are indicated by (I).

Many commands of Jesus are general ones, applicable to all his followers; these are indicated by (G). Others are more specific, directed towards persons living at the time of Jesus; these are indicated by (S).


Galen Currah originally compiled this list. It has been edited so only commands found in the gospels are kept. Those in Acts, the Epistles, and Revelation are omitted.


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The Table of Commands

Command  References  Classes
1 Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only. Luke 4:8;
Matthew 4:10
2 Fill the jars…. Draw some out … take…. John 2:7-8 D S
3 Make not my Father's house a market. John 2:16 D G
4 Worship God in spirit and in truth. John 4:24 I G
5 Do the will of him who sent me and accomplish his work. John 4:34 I G
6 See the fields. They are already ripe for harvest. John 4:36 D G
7 Repent and believe the Good News. Matthew 4:17;
Mark 1:15
8 Come and follow me. Mark 1:17 D G
9 Let us go to the other towns nearby … preach there, too. Mark 1:38 D S
10 Move out to the deep water, and let down your nets for a catch. Luke 5:4 D S
11 Be not afraid. Luke 5:10 D S
12 Take heart … your sins are forgiven. Mark 2:5;
Matthew 9:2
13 Follow me. Luke 5:28 D G
14 You ought to go learn what this means: "I desire mercy, not sacrifice." Matthew 9:13 D G
15 Call sinners to repentance. Luke 5:32 I G
16 "I desire mercy and not sacrifice." (Hosea 6:6) Matthew 12:7 I G
17 Do good on the Sabbath. Mark 3:5 I G
18 "Exercise justice amongst the nations." (Isa 42:2) Matthew 12:18 I G
19 Hunger and thirst after righteousness. Matthew 5:6 I G
20 Show mercy. Matthew 5:7 I G
21 Make peace. Matthew 5:9 I G
22 Be glad … and jump for joy. Matthew 5:12;
Luke 6:23
23 Let your light shine before others … the good things you do. Matthew 5:16 D G
24 Make it right with him. Then return and offer your gift. Matthew 5:24 D G
25 Try hard to reach a settlement. Matthew 5:25;
Luke 12:58
26 Cut it off and throw it away. Matthew 5:30 D G
27 Allow him to slap the other cheek also. Matthew 5:39 D G
28 Go two miles. Matthew 5:41 D G
29 Give to everyone who asks you for something. Matthew 5:42;
Luke 6:30
30 Love you enemies and treat well those who mistreat you, and bless those who curse you. Pray for those who abuse and persecute you. Matthew 5:44;
Luke 6:27
31 Love your enemies, do good to them and lend to them, looking for nothing in return. Luke 6:35 D G
32 Be compassionate…. Be perfect. Matthew 5:48;
Luke 6:36
33 Give to the needy. Give to the needy in secret. Matthew 6:2-4 D G
34 Pray. Pray to your Father in secret. Matthew 6:5-6 D G
35 Pray like this…. Matthew 6:9 D G
36 Forgive those who offend you. Matthew 6:14 I G
37 Fast. Fast … in secret. Matthew 6:16-18 I G
38 Observe the birds. Matthew 6:26 D G
39 Observe how the lilies grow. Matthew 6:28;
Luke 12:27
40 First seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness. Matthew 6:33;
Luke 12:30
41 Forgive. Luke 6:37 D G
42 Give. Luke 6:38 D G
43 Remove the plank from your own eye. Matthew 7:5 D G
44 Ask … seek … knock. Matthew 7:7 D G
45 Treat other in the way you yourself would like to be treated. Matthew 7:12 D G
46 Enter through the narrow gate. Matthew 7:13 D G
47 Do what I say. Matthew 7:21 I G
48 Do what my heavenly Father desires. Matthew 7:21 I G
49 Hear and obey me. Matthew 7:24 I G
50 Hear (my words), Mark 7:16 D G
51 Go. Believe. Matthew 8:13 I S
52 Get up. Luke 7:14 D S
53 Accept it, he is Elijah. Matthew 11:14 I S
54 Love much. Luke 7:47 I G
55 Go in peace. Luke 7:50 D S
56 First tie up the strong man. Matthew 12:29 I G
57 Gather with me. Matthew 12:30 I G
58 Hear the Word of God and do it. Luke 8:21 I G
59 Hear. Luke 8:8 D G
60 Turn and be forgiven. Matthew 4:12 I G
61 Understand the parable. Matthew 13:18 D G
62 Hear the Word with an honest and good heart. Welcome and understand it, grip it tightly, and patiently bear fruit. Matthew 13:23;
Luke 8:15;
Mark 4:20
63 Be careful how you listen. Pay attention to what you hear. Matthew 4:24;
Luke 8:18
64 Hear. Matthew 13:43 I G
65 Go home to your relatives and tell them what great things the Lord God has done for you and how he had mercy on you. Mark 5:19 D G
66 Take heart. Matthew 9:22 D G
67 Go in peace, and be free from this affliction. Mark 5:34;
Luke 8:48
68 Stop weeping. Luke 8:52 D S
69 Get up. Mark 5:42 D S
70 Get up. Pick up your mat and walk. John 5:8 D S
71 Come to me that you might have life. John 5:40 I G
72 Pray to the Lord of the harvest that he will send out workers into his harvest fields. Matthew 9:38 D G
73 Go to the lost sheep…. Matthew 10:6 D G
74 Say, "The kingdom of heaven has come." Matthew 10:7 D G
75 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure the lepers, cast out demons. Matthew 10:8 D G
76 Freely you have received, freely give. Matthew 10:8 D G
77 When you enter a city or village, find out who is worthy. Matthew 10:11 D G
78 Remain in whatever home you enter until you leave. Mark 6:10;
Luke 9:4
79 When you enter the home, say a greeting. Matthew 10:12 D G
80 Allow your blessing to rest on it… return to you. Matthew 10:13 D G
81 Shake off the dust from under your feet as a testimony. Matthew 10:14;
Mark 6:11;
Luke 9:5
82 Be as wise as snakes and as gentle as doves. Matthew 10:16 D G
83 Do not fear them. Matthew 10:26 D G
84 Acknowledge me before others. Matthew 10:32 D G
85 Go and find out. Mark 6:38 D S
86 Bring the food here to me. Matthew 14:18 D S
87 Take courage. It is I. John 6:20 D S
88 Come. Matthew 14:29 D S
89 Work … for the lasting food that gives eternal life. John 6:27 D G
90 Believe in the one whom he sent. John 6:29 D G
91 Come to me … believe in me … believe in (the Son) John 6:35, 40, 47 I G
92 Eat this bread … eat my flesh … eat his body … eat my body … drink his blood … drink my blood. John 6:5, 53-54, 58
93 Come to me. John 6:37 I G
94 Eat the body of the Son of Man and drink his blood. John 6:53 I G
95 Leave them alone. Matthew 15:14 D S
96 Go on home. Matthew 7:29 D S
97 Watch out for the [teaching] of the Pharisees…. Mark 8:15 D G
98 Go up to the feast. John 7:8 D S
99 Judge not by the looks of things; judge rightly. John 7:24 D G
100 Come to me and drink. (Isaiah 55:1) John 7:37 D G
101 Cast the first stone. John 8:8 D G
102 Go your way and stop sinning. John 8:11 D G
103 Believe that I AM. John 8:24 D G
104 Continue in my word … be my disciples. John 8:31 D G
105 Come after me … own interests aside … take up a cross … and follow me. Matthew 16:24;
Mark 8:34
106 Act on what I say. John 8:51 D G
107 Go, wash in the pool of Siloam. John 9:7 D S
108 Believe in the Son of God. John 9:35 I G
109 Believe the things I do. John 10:38 D G
110 Get up. Matthew 17:7 D S
111 Believe. Matthew 17:17;
Mark 9:19, 23;
Luke 9:41
112 Pray. Matthew 17:21;
Mark 9:29
113 Take it and give it to them for you and for me. Matthew 17:27 D G
114 Have faith the size of a mustard seed. Matthew 17:20 I G
115 Be last of all and servant of all. Mark 9:35 I G
116 Change your mind and become like little children. Matthew 18:2 I G
117 Humble yourselves. Matthew 18:4 I G
118 Listen carefully. Luke 9:44 I G
119 Be least amongst you. Luke 9:48 I G
120 Receive one such little child in my name. Mark 9:36 I G
121 Cut it off and throw it away. Mark 9:43 D G
122 Have salt amongst yourselves and live at peach with each other. Mark 9:50 D G
123 Go and tell him privately. Matthew 18:15 D G
124 Take one or two others with you. Matthew 18:16 D G
125 Tell it to the congregation. Matthew 18:17 D G
126 Treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector. Matthew 18:17 D G
127 Bind … release on earth. Matthew 18:18 D G
128 Agree on earth. Matthew 18:19 D G
129 Gather in my name. Matthew 18:20 I G
130 [Forgive a brother] up to seventy times seven. Matthew 18:22 D G
131 Each of you, forgive your brother from your heart. Matthew 18:35 D G
132 Follow me. Luke 9:59 D G
133 Go out and announce the kingdom of God. Luke 9:60 D G
134 Earnestly ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest. Luke 10:2 D G
135 First say, "Peace to this home." Luke 10:6 D G
136 Remain in that home, eating and drinking whatever they provide for you. Luke 10:7 D G
137 Heal the sick and say to them, "The kingdom of God has come hear." Luke 10:9 D G
138 Rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven. Luke 10:20 D G
139 Standing to pray, having ought against another, forgive. Matthew 11:25 D G
140 Come to me, everyone who is weary and heavily laden. Matthew 11:28 D G
141 Put my yoke upon you and learn about me. Matthew 11:29 D G
142 Go and do the same [show mercy]. Luke 10:37 D G
143 Pray … say … Luke 11:2 D G
144 Ask … seek … knock…. Luke 11:9 D G
145 Hear the Word of God and put it into practice. Luke 11:28 I G
146 Ensure that your body is full of light. Luke 11:36 D G
147 Give from the abundance of your heart. Luke 11:41 D G
148 Fear the one who can both kill you and throw you into hell. Yes, be afraid of him. Luke 12:5 D G
149 Acknowledge me before others. Luke 12:8 D G
150 Watch out. Be on your guard against greed of all kinds. Luke 12:15 D G
151 Be rich towards God. Luke 12:21 D G
152 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide money bags for yourselves that will not wear out. Luke 12:33 D G
153 Be dressed and ready, and keep your lamps burning. Be like those who are waiting for their master…. Luke 12:35 D G
154 Be ready. Matthew 24:44;
Luke 12:14
155 Be a servant that watches … who is always ready. Luke 12:37-38 I G
156 Be a trustworthy and wise manager. Matthew 24:45 D G
157 Produce much… contribute much. Luke 12:48 I G
158 Try hard to reach a settlement. Luke 12:58 D G
159 Try hard to enter through the narrow gate. Luke 13:24 D G
160 Go and tell that fox…. Luke 13:32 D S
161 Say, "Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord." Luke 13:15 D G
162 Take the least important place. Luke 14:9 D G
163 Humble yourselves. Luke 14:11 D G
164 Invite the poor…. Luke 14:12 D G
165 Bring in the poor…. Luke 14:21 D G
166 Compel them to come in. Luke 14:23 D G
167 "Hate" your (relatives). Luke 14:26 D G
168 Take up your cross and follow Jesus. Luke 14:27 I G
169 Sit down and calculate the cost. Luke 114:28 I S
170 Consider…. Ask for terms of peace. Luke 14:31-32 I S
171 Leave everything you have… be my disciple. Luke 14:33 D G
172 Leave the ninety-nine and search for the lost one. Luke 15:4 I G
173 Search carefully until (you) find it. Luke 15:8 I G
174 Say… "I have sinned against God and you; I am no longer worthy…." Luke 15:18 I G
175 Celebrate and be glad. Luke 15:22 I G
176 Use worldly wealth to make friends for yourselves. Luke 16:9 D G
177 Be faithful in the smallest things. Luke 16:10 I G
178 Listen to Moses and the prophets. Luke 16:31 I G
179 If your brother sins against you, rebuke him. If he repents, forgive him…. You are to forgive him. Luke 17:4 D G
180 Have faith the size of a mustard seed. Luke 17:6 D G
181 Say, "We are worthless servants who have only done our duty." Luke 17:10 D G
182 Go, show yourselves to the priests. Luke 17:4 D S
183 Return and give glory to God. Luke 17:18 D G
184 Get up and go your way. Luke 17:19 D S
185 Cry out to God day and night. Luke 18:7 I G
186 Say, "God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner." Luke 18:13 I G
187 Humble yourself. Luke 18:14 I G
188 What God has united, let no one pull apart. Mark 19:9 D G
189 Make (oneself) an unique for the Kingdom Matthew 19:12 I S
190 Whoever can accept celibacy, let him accept it. Matthew 19:12 D G
191 Let the little children come to me and do not stop them. Mark 10:14 D G
192 Let us go to (Lazarus). John 11:15 D S
193 Believe in me. John 11:25-26, 40 I G
194 Roll the stone away. John 11:49 D S
195 Believe (the Father) really sent me. John 11:42 I G
196 Obey the commandments Matthew 19:17 D S
197 "Honor your father and mother. " (Exodus 20:12ff, Deuteronomy 5:16ff) Matthew 19:19;
Mark 10:19;
Luke 18:20
198 "Love you neighbor as yourself." (Leviticus 19:18) Matthew 19:19 D S
199 Sell everything you have and give it to the poor. Matthew 19:21;
Luke 18:22
200 Take up the cross and follow me. Matthew 19:21;
Mark 10:21;
Luke 18:22
201 Leave house or parents or … property. Matthew 19:29;
Mark 10:29;
Luke 18,19
202 Follow me. Matthew 19:28 I S
203 Be last. Matthew 19:29, 20:16 I G
204 Go, work … report to my vineyard. Matthew 20:4, 7 I G
205 Take your wages and go home. Matthew 20:14 I G
206 Drink the cup I drink. Matthew 20:23 I G
207 Be baptized with the baptism I undergo. Matthew 20:23 I G
208 Become a servant … the slave of all. Matthew 20:27-28;
Mark 10:44
209 Want Jesus to do something for you. Luke 18:41 I S
210 Have faith in Jesus. Matthew 20:34;
Luke 18:42
211 Serve … give your life. Matthew 20:28;
Mark 10:45
212 Receive your sight. Luke 18:42 D S
213 Come down quickly. Luke 19:5 D S
214 Conduct business until I return. Luke 19:14 I G
215 Be a good servant … faithful in little things. Luke 19:17 I G
216 Cry to Jesus … for mercy Mark 10:47-48;
Matthew 20:31
217 Bring (blind men) to me. Mark 10:49 I S
218 Leave her alone. Mark 14:6 D S
219 The poor … help them whenever you wish. Matthew 26:11;
Mark 14:7
220 Recount what this woman has done. Matthew 26:23;
Mark 14:9
221 Untie (donkeys)…. Say to (the owners)…. Matthew 21:3;
Mark 11:3;
Luke 19:31
222 "Call my house an house of prayer." (Isaiah 56:7) Luke 19:46 I G
223 Praise from the mouths of babes and infants. Matthew 21:16 I G
224 Have faith…. Ask in prayer…. Truly believe. Matthew 21:21-22;
Mark 11:24
225 Answer me. Mark 11:29;
Luke 20:3
226 Change your minds and believe (John). Matthew 21:32 I G
227 Listen to another parabole. Matthew 21:33 D G
228 Respect (the Son). Matthew 21:38 I G
229 Produce (kingdom) fruit. Matthew 21:43 I G
230 Read (the Scripture). Matthew 21:42;
Mark 12:10
231 Come to the wedding banquet. Matthew 22:4 I G
232 Invite to come anyone you find. Matthew 22:9 I G
233 Give to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's. Mark 12:17;
Luke 20:25
234 Understand the Scriptures (and) the power of God. Matthew 22:29;
Mark 12:24
235 "Hear…. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength." (Deuteronomy 6:5) Matthew 22:37;
Mark 12:29-30
236 "Love your neighbor as yourself." (Leviticus 19:18) Matthew 22:39;
Mark 12:30
237 Observe and do everything (the Pharisees) tell you to do. Matthew 23:2 D S
238 (Do) justice, mercy and faithfulness. Matthew 23:23 I G
239 First wash the inside of the cup and the disk. Matthew 23:26 D G
240 Say, "Blessed is the one who comes…." Matthew 23:29 I G
241 Follow me…. Serve me. John 12:26 I G
242 Hate your life in this world. John 12:25 I G
243 Walk while you have the light…. Put your trust in the light while you have the light. John 12:25 D G
244 Turn around. John 12:40 I G
245 Believe in me (and) the one who sent me. John 12:44, 46 I G
246 Make sure you do not follow (deceivers). Luke 21:8 D G
247 See to it that you are not disturbed. Matthew 24:6 D G
248 Testify before (authorities) and the Gentiles. Matthew 10:18;
Luke 21:13
249 Say whatever is given to you at the moment. Luke 12:11 I G
250 Settle it in you heart not to ponder beforehand what to say. Luke 21:14 D G
251 (Show) patient endurance. Matthew10:22;
Mark 13:13;
Luke 21:19
252 Flee to the mountains … run out of (the city). Matthew 24:17;
Luke 21:21
253 Endure to the end. Matthew 24:13 I G
254 Preach this good news of the kingdom to all the world as a testimony to all peoples. Matthew 24:14;
Mark 13:10
255 Pray (for an escape). Matthew 24:19-20;
Mark 13:17
256 Lift your heads and look up. Luke 21:28 D G
257 Learn … observe … know that the Kingdom is drawing nigh. Matthew 24:32-33;
Mark 13:28-29;
Luke 21:29-30
258 Watch yourselves…. Make sure your hearts. Luke 21:34 D G
259 Watch and pray that you may have strength to escape. Luke 21:36 D G
260 Be careful. Keep watch…. Watch. Luke 21:36, 25:13;
Mark 13:35
261 Come … inherit the Kingdom. Matthew 25:34 I G
262 Give food … give drink … welcome … clothe … visit … come to … the least esteemed of (Jesus') brothers. Matthew 25:35-36, 40 I G
263 Go prepare the Passover. Luke 22:8 D S
264 Go … follow … say…. Matthew 26:18 Luke 22:10 D S
265 Take this (cup) and divide it amongst yourselves. Luke 22:17 D G
266 Call me teacher and Lord. John 13:13 I G
267 Wash each other's feet. John 13:15 I G
268 Do (these things). John 13:17 I G
269 Believe that I AM. John 13:19 I G
270 Welcome whomever I send…. Welcome me. John 13:20 I G
271 Do what you do quickly. John 13:27 D S
272 Believe that I am in the Father and the Father in me. John 14:10 I G
273 Believe me that I am in the Father and that the Father is in me. John 14:11 D G
274 Believe me because of the miracles. John 14:11 D G
275 Believe in me. John 14:12 I G
276 Ask anything using my name. John 14:13, 14 I G
277 Love me, keep my commandments John 14:15 D G
278 Have my commandments and keep them. John 14:21 I G
279 Love me…. Keep my word. John 14:21, 23 I G
280 Abide in me. John 15:4 D G
281 Abide in me … and I in you. John 15:5, 7 D G
282 Continue in my love. John 15:9 D G
283 Keep my commandments. John 15:10 D G
284 Do everything I command you. John 15:14 I G
285 Love one another. John 15:17 I G
286 Ask (God) for whatever you may using my name. Ask. John 16:24 D G
287 Ask in my name. John 16:26 I G
288 Love me and believe that I came from God. John 16:27 I G
289 Take heart. John 16:33 D G
290 Do the will of God John 17:17 I G
291 Put your faith in me. John 17:38 I G
292 Follow me. John 8:12 I G
293 Act on what I say. John 8:52 I G
294 Follow me … refuse to follow another. John 10:4-5 I G
295 Take a purse if you have it. Luke 22:36 D G
296 Prepare for us the Passover, Mark 14:15;
uke 22:12
297 Sit … stay … watch … pray. Matthew 26:36-38;
Mark 14:32-34;
Luke 22:40
298 Watch and pray that you may not be tempted. Mark 14:38 D G
299 Get up and pray that you may not be tempted. Luke 22:46 D G
300 Get up … go. Matthew 26:46;
Mark 14:42
301 Let these others go. John 18:8 D S
302 Put your sword back into its sheath. John 18:11 D S
303 Explain my error. John 18:23 D S
304 Weep … for yourselves and for your children. Luke 23:38 D S
305 Go to my brothers and tell them…. John 20:17 D S
306 Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee. Matthew 28:10 D S
307 Believe everything the prophets spoke. Luke 24:25 I G
308 Look … touch me and see. Luke 24:39 D S
309 Receive the Holy Spirit. John 20:22 D G
310 Forgive … sins. John 20:23 I G
311 Put … look … press … stop doubting and believe. Believe. John 20:27, 29 I G
312 Cast your net…. John 21:6 D S
313 Bring … come eat. John 21:10, 12 D S
314 Love me more than these. John 21:15-17 I G
315 Feed my lambs. Shepherd … feed my sheep. John 21:15-16, 18 D G
316 Follow me. John 21:19, 22 D G
317 Go and make disciples of all peoples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all that I commanded. Matthew 28:18-20 D G
318 [Go into the whole world and preach the good news to the whole creation.] Mark 16:15 D G
319 [Speak in tongues … pick up snakes … lay hands on the sick.] Mark 16:17-18 D G
320 Proclaim repentance and forgiveness of sins, in my name to all nations. Luke 24:47 D G
321 Relax until you are clothed with power from above. Luke 24:49 D G