Favorite Bible Verses in 2016 from 88 Nations

An online Bible app tracked highlighted, bookmarked and shared verses across the world. Here's what they found.

By Nancy Flory Published on January 15, 2017

An online Bible App says they’ve discovered the world’s favorite Bible verses, based on the number of highlights, bookmarks and shares for verses, according to Christianity Today. YouVersion announced that 2016 was the biggest year ever, with users installing their App on over 250 million devices. Based on their analysis, some surprising verses made it to the top of the favorites list.

Zechariah 14:9 was the favorite verse for two countries that could hardly be more different: Israel and Afghanistan. The verse says, “The Lord will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and his name the only name.” Other countries identifying with this verse were France, Finland, Sweden, Guadeloupe, Belgium, Martinique and Cyprus.

The most popular verse worldwide with nearly 550,000 shares was 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.”

Another popular verse 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.'” This verse was the top verse for 29 countries, including Saudi Arabia, Colombia and Italy.

A complete chart of the most popular verses by country may be found here.

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