Quotes From Bob Marley Songs on Religion and Spirituality

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Reggae musician Bob Marley wrote hundreds of songs in his relatively short career. As a devout Rastafarian, Marley wrote many songs about his faith and spiritual beliefs, and incorporated spiritual elements into many of his other songs and, indeed, his life.

"I see ten thousand chariots, and they coming without horses. The riders, they cover their face, so you couldn't make them out in smoky place." - Midnight Ravers

"The goodness of Jah-Jah I-dureth for I-ver" - Small Axe (Note: this lyric references Psalms 52:1

"Let righteousness cover the earth like the water cover the sea!" - Revolution (Note: this lyric may reference Isaiah 11:9

"If you get down and you quarrel every day, you're saying prayers to the devil, I say." - Positive Vibration

"The wages of sin is death, yeah! Gift of Jah is life." - Johnny Was (Note: this lyric references Romans 6:23.)

"The sun shall not smite I by day, nor the moon by night, and everything that I do shall be upfull and right." - Night Shift (Note: this lyric references Psalms 121:6)

"Don't forget your history, know your destiny. In the abundance of water, the fool is thirsty." - Rat Race

"There's a natural mystic blowing through the air. If you listen carefully now, you will hear." - Natural Mystic

"One and all have to face reality now." - Natural Mystic

"While they fight you down, stand firm and give Jah thanks and praises." - So Much Things to Say

"We gonna walk through the roads of creation, we the generation trod through great tribulation." - Exodus

"We're leaving Babylon, we're going to our father land." - Exodus

"Jah come to break downpression, rule equality, wipe away transgression, set the captives free." - Exodus

"No bullet can stop us now, we neither beg nor we won't bow, neither can be bought or sold. We all defend the right, Jah-Jah children must unite - life is worth much more than gold." - Jammin' 

"Jah sitteth in Mount Zion, and rules all creation!" - Jammin'

"Have pity on those whose chances grow thinner, there ain't no hiding place from the Father of Creation." - One Love/People Get Ready

"Excuse me while I light my spliff. Good God, I gotta take a lift. From reality, I just can't drift, that's why I'm staying with this riff." - Easy Skanking

"I feel so high, I even touch the sky above the fallen' rain! I feel so good in my neighborhood, so here I come again!" - Kaya

"The power of philosophy floats through my head, light as a feather, heavy as lead." - Misty Morning

"They say the sun shines for all, but in some people world, it never shine at all." - Crisis

"It is better to live on the housetop than to live in a house full of confusion." - Running Away (Note: this lyric references Proverbs 21:9.)

"Jah would never give the power to a baldhead; run come crucify the Dread." - Time Will Tell 

"Every man got a right to decide his own destiny, and in this judgment there is no partiality." - Zimbabwe

"We're the survivors, the Black survivors, yeah! We're the survivors, like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Thrown in the fire, but never get burn." - Survival (Note: this lyric references Daniel 3.)

"But read it in Revelation, you'll find your redemption." - One Drop

"Everywhere this fire is burning, destroying and melting their gold, destroying and wasting their souls." - Ride Natty Ride

"Flee from hate, mischief, and jealousy! Don't bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality, yeah!" - Wake Up and Live

"Rise from your sleepless slumber! We're more than sand on the seashore, we're more than numbers. All together now: wake up and live now, y'all!" - Wake Up and Live

"Why do you look so sad and forsaken? When one door is closed, don't you know the other is open?" - Coming in From the Cold

"But in the beginning, Jah created everything, giving man dominion over all things." - We and Dem (Note: this lyric references Genesis 1)

"Don't gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver and gold." - Zion Train (Note: this lyric references Proverbs 16:16)

"Two thousand years of history could not be wiped so easily" - Zion Train

"'Cause only a fool lean upon, lean upon his own misunderstanding. And then what has been hidden from the wise and the prudent been revealed to the babe and the suckling, in everything, in every way, I say yeah!" - Forever Loving Jah (Note: this lyric references Proverbs 3:5, Matthew 11:25, and Luke 10:21)

"'Cause just like a tree planted, planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth fruits, bringeth forth fruits in due season, everything in life got its purpose, find its reason in every season, forever, yeah!" - Forever Loving Jah (Note: this lyric references Psalms 1:3 and Ecclesiastes 3:1)

"My hand was made strong by the hand of the Almighty. We forward in this generation, triumphantly." - Redemption Song

"Won't you help to sing these songs of freedom? 'Cause all I ever have… redemption songs; redemption songs." - Redemption Song

"Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds." - Redemption Song

"How long shall they kill our prophets while we stand aside and look? Yes, some say it's just a part of it: we've got to fulfill the book." - Redemption Song

"If you know your history, then you would know where you coming from, then you wouldn't have to ask me, who the heck do I think I am." - Buffalo Soldier

"The lips of the righteous teach many, but fools die for want of wisdom." - Stiff Necked Fools (Note: this lyric is a reference to Proverbs 10:21)

"The rich man's wealth is in his city; the righteous' wealth is in his Holy Place." - Stiff Necked Fools (Note: this lyric references Proverbs 10:15, Proverbs 18:11, and Matthew 5:10 and similar verses)