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After Mass Shootings, Americans Turn to Four Bible Verses Most

President Trump, Louie Giglio, Christine Caine, and David Platt all cite top psalm after Las Vegas attack.
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After Mass Shootings, Americans Turn to Four Bible Verses Most
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At least 58 people were killed and more than 500 wounded at a country music festival in Las Vegas Sunday night.

The morning after hundreds of country music fans were shot at a Las Vegas festival, President Donald Trump called on God to comfort grieving families and victims.

“Scripture teaches us the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit,” he said, referencing Psalm 34:18. “We seek comfort in those words, for we know that God lives in the hearts of those who grieve.”

The psalm he quoted ranks among the top verses that Bible readers turn to after mass shootings.

Bible Gateway analyzed search patterns surrounding Sunday night’s concert shooting as well as 18 other major incidents of violence over the past decade, including Virginia Tech in 2007, Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012, San Bernardino in 2015, and Orlando’s Pulse nightclub in 2016. Among the site’s 150 million-plus visitors a year, the four verses that saw distinct spikes in readership around those shootings were:

  • John 16:33: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
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