The Rushmore Report: What Is the Most Read Verse in the Bible?

According to a recent article by Anugrah Kumar in The Christian Post, more people are reading the Bible now than ever. He cites data supplied by the popular YouVersion Bible App. With the aid of modern technology (smart phones), people are reading, hearing, and reflecting on the Word of God all times of the day. But what is interesting is the most read verse in the Bible. And no, it’s not John 3:16.

The most read verse in Scripture is not even in the New Testament. It is Joshua 1:9, which reads, “This is my command – be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

That verse has been shared, bookmarked, and highlighted most often by the global Bible App community so far in 2017. However, the same report states that when asked, people cite a different verse as their favorite.

And no, it’s not John 3:16, either.

The most popular verse is Romans 8:28, which reads, “And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

Created in 2008 as one of the 200 apps available in the iPhone app store, the YouVersion Bible App has now reached the 295 million download mark.

It’s hard to imagine that this is what the Apostle Paul had in mind when he told young Timothy to “study to show himself approved.” We are getting the Bible in more ways today than ever before. And the fact that more people are hearing the Good News is good news.

I’m old school. I still carry a Bible to church every Sunday. But when I think about it, there are actually more people carrying the Bible to church now then ever before – if they have a smart phone. Yes, people are getting the Word in more ways these days. Wherever our phones goes, the Word is there. It makes sense that the most read verse reminds us that “God is with us wherever we go.”

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