The 100 most-read Bible verses

I came across an article recently which broke down the 100 most read Bible verses at the online Bible site BibleGateway.com.  I thought it was interesting to note what was being searched for – and on the flip side, what people were not looking for.

This list isn’t actually based on a straight popularity count; simply tallying the most-read verses results in a top 100 list that consists almost entirely of John 3:16and verses from 1 Corinthians 13Genesis 1Romans 8, and Psalm 23. Our list instead considers instances in which BibleGateway.com users looked at three or fewer verses at one time.

If you’re curious to know what the least popular Bible passage is, it’s 1 Chronicles 23-27, which details the organization of the priests and officials under King David. 

 Here is the list in its entirety –

The 100 most-read Bible verses at BibleGateway.com

Here is a simple tally of some observations I had about this list.

Times the following words appear:

“Kingdom (of God)” – 1 (#34 – Matthew 6:33)

“repent” – 1 (#59 – Acts 2:38)

“love” – 15 (#1, 3,12, 18, 23, 24, 50, 63, 70, 74, 75, 78, 81, 95, 100)

“gospel” – 0

Verses from the New Testament – 81 

Verses from the Gospels – Matthew – 9, Mark – 0, Luke – 0, John – 14

Verses from Romans – 11

Verses from the Old Testament – 19

Verses of the Old Testament which are from Psalms or Proverbs – 6

Deuteronomy 6:4 – 0

Verses that meantion “trinity” – 0

Verse which talk about going to heaven – 0

What do you think about these stats?  Is there anything telling about which verses appear on the list?  What about those which don’t?  Notice anything telling about the church, the world, the gospel, what’s on people’s minds, etc? What do you think?

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by zafar on July 20, 2009 at 5:12 am

    i think it is vary pawerful tooking 100 varses in gospel

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  2. Posted by naikuu on August 15, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    1 Chronicles 23-27 is dead last? even behind the first part of 1 chronicles? mannn. But it talks about the musicians set aside to worship the Lord!

    I think that people ought to read the whole Bible if they claim to live their life by it. . . they’d find that it’s much more interesting than those few verses they’re focusing on, and they’d find those verses much more interesting in light of the rest of Scripture instead of on their own.

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  3. Posted by ogunyemi rebecca on December 16, 2011 at 9:13 am

    it is not advisable to go about preaching or confusing people with just little words that one can not really interprets but claims to be correct

    Reply

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