Cheer Up, John 3:16: The World's Top 10 Bible Verse Searches of 2013

On Bible Gateway's list, drawn from 242 countries and territories, only one verse matches YouVersion's list of top verses shared.
Cheer Up, John 3:16: The World's Top 10 Bible Verse Searches of 2013
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John 3:16 may not be among the top Bible verses people are sharing with others worldwide. But it does top the list of Bible verses people from 242 countries and territories are seeking out.

Bible Gateway reports visitors spent more than 76 million hours on BibleGateway.com in 2013, tallying 456 million visits and 1.5 billion pageviews.

The site's top 10 searches for Bible verses last year:

1. John 3:16
2. Jeremiah 29:11
3. Philippians 4:13
4. Romans 8:28
5. Psalm 23
6. Proverbs 3:5-6
7. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
8. Romans 12:2
9. Philippians 4:6
10. Joshua 1:9

By contrast, YouVersion's top 10 list of Bible verses shared in 2013—with Psalm 118:24 at No. 1 ("This is the day that the Lord has made: let us rejoice and be glad in it")—doesn't even include John 3:16.

In fact, only one verse matches: Joshua 1:9. (However, Philippians 4:13 and Philippians 4:6 do appear on YouVersion's list of the top five most-read verses—as ...

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