Friday Fives Pairing: The Top Five Most Read and Most Shared Bible Verses

What we read in the Scriptures for ourselves is not always what we suggest our friends read. That is evidenced by two Bible lists from two different sources.

Bible Gateway, which is the most used site for Biblical study, tracks the most read Scriptures on its site, another advantage to web-based Scripture. Meanwhile, YouVersion, which is a combination Bible, Bible study and social networking site, tracks. among other things, the texts that users are sharing with each other.

And the differences between the two are interesting.

Thus, this edition of Friday Fives – a comparison of the two separate top five lists together, the most read Bible verses alongside the most shared.


#5 Read: Psalm 23:4/Shared: Matthew 6:33

The fifth most read is by far the most read Old Testament verse year after year:

Even though I walk through the dark valley of death,
        because you are with me, I fear no harm.
            Your rod and your staff give me courage.

A quote directly from Jesus appears twice on the list. At the number one position and here, the fifth most shared:

But first, be concerned about his kingdom and what has his approval. Then all these things will be provided for you.


#4 Read: Romans 8:28/Shared: Jeremiah 29:11

The fourth most read might also be one of the most misinterpreted. (All things don’t work together for good in general according to this Scripture. Those things work together for the good of those who love God and whom he has called.):

We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God—those whom he has called according to his plan.

Jeremiah 29:11 is the only text to appear twice on the list. The second most read and fourth most shared:

I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope.


#3 Read: Philippians 4:13/Shared: Philippians 4:6

The next text is from the most popular chapter in Scripture, both in the United States and the world, Philippians 4. The third most read is from verse 13:

I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me.

And, from that same well-loved chapter, the third most shared:

Never worry about anything. But in every situation let God know what you need in prayers and requests while giving thanks.


#2 Read: Jeremiah 29:11/Shared: Philippians 4:8

The second most read:

I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope.

And, again, another verse from the fourth chapter of Philippians is the second most shared:

Finally, brothers and sisters, keep your thoughts on whatever is right or deserves praise: things that are true, honorable, fair, pure, acceptable, or commendable.

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#1 Read: John 3:16/Shared: Romans 12:2

It won’t be any surprise what the most read verse in the Bible is year after year:

God loved the world this way: He gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life.

But perhaps the most shared verse will surprise you:

Don’t become like the people of this world. Instead, change the way you think. Then you will always be able to determine what God really wants—what is good, pleasing, and perfect.

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