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Ephesians 6 Hand Motions for Easier Memorization

I’m a big fan of NOT reinventing the wheel. So, of course I looked everywhere for a written out list of hand motions for Ephesians 6 since we’re memorizing it this year. Maybe I just didn’t look in the right places, but I couldn’t find it anywhere. So, I set out creating my own. However, I hate the thought of other people having to do what I’m doing here. Isn’t there a better use of your time? So I want to share it with you.

**** I also created flashcards to go with Ephesians 6! ****

CC Bible Eph 6 flashcards

The text of Ephesians you see here is taken from the King James Version. I like to use American Sign Language (ASL) when I can, but sometimes there’s an obvious hand motion that’s just so much easier than ASL, so I use that instead. If I’m using ASL, I include a link to Signing Savvy (one of the best free resources on ASL I’m found!). Remember, you can always drop a hand motion if it’s more than you need to remember the next words. You can also substitute in your own hand motion if they are easier to remember. The goal here is to have some hand motions to help us memorize the scripture. We are NOT actually trying to sign the whole verse.

Here’s my challenge… I’m not that great at working a whole semester in advance, so I’m going to try something new here. Each week as I create my hand motions, I’m going to update this post. Think of this as a work in progress.   Update: I’m finally done!! Here are our hand motions for all 24 verses of Ephesians 6.  If you bookmark it, you can look at it as often as needed. You can even give your community members the link so they can review it at home.

If you need a printable version of these hand motions to keep with you and reference as you’re showing the hand motions to your students, you can download this one here. I’ve included a PDF and an editable, printable Word document with all these hand motions


Gestures for memorizing Eph 6


Ephesians 6:1-3 (Hand Motions for Week 1)

1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right

2 Honor thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise😉  

3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.


Ephesians 6:4 (Hand Motions for Week 2)

4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.


Ephesians 6:5-6 (Hand Motions for Week 3)

5 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;

6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.

  • Eye: point to your eye
  • Servants: (see above)
  • God: (see ‘Lord” above)
  • Heart: (see above)

Ephesians 6:7-8 (Hand Motions for Week 4)

7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men

8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

Ephesians 6:9-10 (Hand Motions for Week 5)

9 And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him. 

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Ephesians 6:11-12 (Hand Motions for Week 6)

11 Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.


Ephesians 6:13-14 (Hand Motions for Week 7)

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

  • Stand: right ‘2’ hand pointing down to flat open palm up hand https://www.signingsavvy.com/sign/stand
  • Loins girt: pretend to put a belt on
  • Truth: right “T” hand
  • Breastplate: Slide palm in flat hand in front of chest
  • Righteousness:  right “R” hand


Ephesians 6:15-16 (Hand Motions for Week 8)

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.


Ephesians 6:17-18 (Hand Motions for Week 9)

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of GodPray Continually.

  • Helmet:  Pretend to put on a helmet
  • Salvation:  both “s” hands, stacked on each other, move outward https://www.signingsavvy.com/sign/salvation
  • Sword: pretend to draw a sword
  • Word of God: Pretend to hold open your Bible
  • Pray: hold hands in any typical prayer position

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

  • Praying … prayer: hold hands in any typical prayer position (Repeat!)
  • Spirit: right pinched finger wavers as it moves up from left fist https://www.signingsavvy.com/sign/spirit
  • Watching: ¨two fingers point at eyes and then outward
  • Perseverance: “p” hand
  • Supplication: “s” hand


Ephesians 6:19-20 (Hand Motions for Week 10)

19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

  • Utterance: all fingers point at mouth then move out while opening up
  • Open my Mouth: make ‘puppet’ hands and then open the ‘mouth.’
  • Gospel: Right ‘g’ hand flips pages on a book in left hand

20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Ephesians 6:21-22 (Hand Motions for Week 11)

21 But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things:

22 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.


Ephesians 6:23-24 (Hand Motions for Week 12)

23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.


  1. Sonya Friesen says:

    I was checking out your site for art and saw this TODAY!!! I was in the process of typing this out in a Word doc. I will be finished today, hopefully. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Lorie 'n Stephen Bell says:

    This is awesome!!!! Would you mind to please email me the remaining verses when you finish? loriebell@cox.net

    1. Julie Abels says:

      No, I’m so sorry, but I’m sure I won’t remember to do that so I don’t want to say I will. I plan to be done in November and I’ll repost the link to the CC Directors Facebook group then. Hopefully that helps! 🙂

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