The Most Popular Bible Verse of the Year Is Not What You’d Expect

Every year, YouVersion announces which Bible verse is the most shared, bookmarked and highlighted by its users. For places like Bible Gateway, this verse is always Jeremiah 29:11 or John 3:16—literally—but YouVersion boasted a bit of a deeper cut for its top verse this year: Isaiah 41:10.

The Scripture reads: “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”

This year, it makes sense Isaiah 41:10 would be the top verse, with so many different people feeling oppressed or marginalized. Other popular verses from around the world include Joshua 1:9 in Mexico (“Remember that I have commanded you to be determined and confident! Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for I, the Lord your God, am with you wherever you go”), Proverbs 16:9 in Korea (“People can plan what they want to do, but it is the Lord who guides their steps”) and 1 Peter 5:7 in Iraq (“Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you”).

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Over at Bible Gateway, Jeremiah 29:11 took the top prize yet again. John 3:16 was the runner-up, to the surprise of no one, and sports-movie classic Philippians 4:13 earning bronze. C’mon Bible Gateway, let’s flex people’s knowledge a little.

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