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"The essence of U2 is not something that happened in 1983 or 1993. It includes from 1980 to 2000. You know, all that you can't leave behind, yes, to me the best bit of U2." — Bono

Bible References in U2 Lyrics from @U2

Drawing Their Fish in the Sand

"We've found different ways of expressing it, and recognized the power of the media to manipulate such signs. Maybe we just have to sort of draw our fish in the sand. It's there for people who are interested. It shouldn't be there for people who aren't." -- Bono on faith, quoted in U2 At The End Of The World

These Scripture connections are from Angela Pancella (this page’s original curator), Beth Maynard (http://u2sermons.blogspot.com/) and Tim Neufeld (AtU2 news writer), as well as other insightful @U2 readers. Please contact Tim if you have additions to suggest.

A note about Bible versions: U2 was fond of using the New American Standard Bible (NASB) and the New International Version (NIV), especially in the early years, though other versions are used below when appropriate.

Each lyric may show up in one, two or three of the following categories: Direct Quotes (lyrics that are clearly taken from specific verses in the Bible), Indirect References (lyrics that are likely referencing the Bible but without quoting specific verses), Possible Influences (lyrics that hint at biblical themes and influences, but have no overt connection).