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Popular Verses

Ever wonder what are the ‘popular’ verses?  Crossway and the ESV blog have recently released stats on what verses are most often searched for.   Interestingly, the top 5 are:

  1. John 3:16
  2. Proverbs 31:10ff
  3. Matthew 5:27-30
  4. Romans 8:28
  5. Romans 3:23

Much could be made out of this…we could say that the majority of Christians are:

  • forgetful because they can’t remember the ‘exact’ wording to John 3:16 or Romans 3:23, though most have heard both countless times
  • unaware of what a godly woman is, because they have to keep checking
  • personally experiencing sexual immorality, or knowing someone who is
  • undergoing severe trials and in need of spiritual comfort
  • oh, and tech-savvy because they searched online

 Now obviously (or at least, hopefully obvious) these are not necessarily accurate assessments about Christians who frequent the ESV website.  Smiley  The list of above passages is just trivia… and my ‘facts’ have no necessary correlation.

So then, let’s close with a little more — here’s the top 4 most requested chapters of the bible:

  1. Romans 8
  2. Matthew 5
  3. John 1
  4. Genesis 1

And if you’re really geeky and would like the data & lots of charts, the ESV Blog has posted an excel file (6.6 MB) with all the data.


Author: John Pleasnick

John serves as a pastor and elder at Faith Bible Church

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