The Most Popular Bible Verse Revealed

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THE most popular Bible verse in the world is John 3.16, reveals a digital survey by children’s charity World Vision, conducted via the Bible Gateway platform.

He describes the verse – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” – as “a summary of the central tenets of Christianity, emphasizing the God’s love for people, Jesus as the Father’s Son, and the connection between becoming a Christian and eternal life.

The study looked at Google search data for the 100 most-read Bible verses, country by country. With 2.1 million monthly searches globally and 6,500 in the UK, the verse has also proven to be the most used on social media, appearing in over 250,000 Instagram posts and viewed over 55.9 million views on TikTok.

Second in the UK, with 2000 monthly searches, and second in all 172 countries, was Jeremiah 29.11: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Worldwide, the verse has been searched 82,000, corresponding to Philippians 4.13, “I can do all things through him who gives me strength.”

The Old Testament has more than the New in the UK list. Genesis 1 appears in the UK top ten three times, including the opening verse. Isaiah comes twice, at number 6 (41.10) and number 9 (40:31). John, the only New Testament book in the UK top 10, and the only one among the Evangelicals, is ranked third with 14.6: “Jesus replied, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me”, and eighth with 16.33.

But the position is reversed in the world list, where the Old Testament only gets two top ten rankings, both from Proverbs 3.5: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own intelligence”, and 3.6. Romans appears twice (8.28 and 3.23). The survey revealed, however, that countries in Central and South America preferred the verses of Genesis, the most popular of which was 1.26, beginning with: “So God said: let us make mankind to our picture. . .”

Genesis “sits above other verses in other books of the Bible in terms of popularity”, the charity says, observing that Latin America is a heavily religious part of the world with a large Christian population.

“Genesis is about beginnings and creation, a message that seems to resonate strongly with those living in Central and South America,” he suggests. “The two most popular consecutive verses detail when God created man in his own image, putting man in charge of the natural world. It details the intimate bond between human beings and God and the significance of the relationship between both from the very origins of mankind.

And aside from Philippians 4.13, Paul’s letter also comes in at six and seven in the world list, with verses 4.8 and 4.6 garnering 79,000 monthly searches between them; 4.8 reads: “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is beautiful, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or commendable – think of such things.”

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