What is the most popular Bible text of this year?

13-12-2023

European Union

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In the Bible app YouVersion, people can highlight, share and save Bible texts that have touched them. Now, YouVersion reveals which text has been saved and shared most throughout the year.

This year, people have used and downloaded the app more often than ever before, YouVersion writes in a press release. For example, this year, the app was downloaded to more than a hundred million devices. In addition, about 12 million people read the Bible every day, an increase of 20 per cent compared to 2022.

As the end of the year is approaching, the organisation reflects on the past months by publishing the most popular verse of the year.

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For some, it will not come as a surprise. The most widely shared and saved Bible text is Isaiah 41:10.

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Is it not the first time that this verse tops the list of popular Bible verses, according to Evangeliques.info. In 2022 and 2018, the same verse proved to be most popular among users of YouVersion apps.

YouVersion CEO Bobby Gruenewald is not surprised by the outcome. "From a global perspective, we have all been going through a lot in the last few years", he explains. "It's no surprise that people continue to feel drawn to the hope and peace promised in Isaiah 41 verse 10", he said in the press release. He stresses that he believes that "faith is the answer" and that it "is encouraging to see people continue to cling to God and His Word in their greatest moments of need."

What is YouVersion?

YouVersion was launched in 2008, the Baptist Paper writes. Initially, it was only available in English and Spanish, with a large ministry in North America. However, over the years, the app has gone viral. For example, this year, the number of downloads has grown the fastest in India this year, YouVersion wrote in the press release.

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