John 3:16 is king on Bible Gateway for 2014

by Will Hall |

(Courtesy of BibleGateway.com)This chart shows verses that are unusually popular on a given day. Dates are along the bottom, while verses are on the side: reading Genesis 1 on January 1 appears in the bottom left of the chart, while reading Revelation 22 on December 31 appears in the top right. Each dot indicates that the verse was unusually popular on the given day. This chart traces the paths we take through Scripture during the year and also shows some of the times of year when Bible reading is most intensive, especially around Easter and Christmas.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Christian Examiner) – Search engine giant Bible Gateway announced its top ten verses for 2014, and John 3:16 topped the list for the third straight year.

The passage was the favorite among 150 million unique visitors to BibleGateway.com who tallied 1.5 pageviews from December 2013 through November 2014.

Bible Gateway readers differed from YouVersion app users in that John 3:16 did not even make the latter's top ten list for the year. But three verses were popular among frequenters to both Bible platforms: Jeremiah 29:11 (number two on Bible Gateway; fourth with YouVersion); Philippians 4:6 (sixth and third, respectively); and Proverbs 3:5 (eighth and seventh).

The list for Bible Gateway:

  1. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son,, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
  2. Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans toprosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
  3. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.
  4. Romans 8:28 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.
  5. Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
  6. Philippian 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
  7. 1 Corinthians 13:4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
  8. Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
  9. 1 Corinthians 13:7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
  10. Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

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