If you’re reading this, chances are high that you have (either currently or at some point in your life) the YouVersion Bible App on your smartphone or another device. The popular app has been installed on over 400 million devices; users enjoy access to Scripture and other Bible study tools from virtually anywhere. Like other apps, YouVersion tracks the activity of its users, including the most popular Bible verses. This year, the verse users most engaged with was Philippians 4:6.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done,” Philippians 4:6 reads. “Most engaged with” refers to users either highlighting, sharing, or bookmarking the verse.
The most engaged with verse this year is similar in some ways to last year’s verse: Isaiah 41:10: “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” 2017’s verse of the year also contained instruction telling us not to worry or be afraid. Considering the rising levels of anxiety in people—both Christian and non-believers—around the world, it should be no surprise that people would refer to these instructions repeatedly.
In fact, Scripture for anxiety is a google search term that garners 1,4000 searches a month.
The YouVersion app is in its 11th year and continues to grow exponentially. This year, for instance, users on the app collectively read 35.6 billion chapters of Scripture, completed 1.1 billion days of Bible reading plans, and listened to 5.6 billion Bible chapters on audio.
Other Popular Bible Verses
While the app originated in the U.S. (birthed out of Craig Groeschel’s Life.Church), it is being downloaded in every country in the world. In fact, YouVersion included some country-specific most-popular verses in their year-in-year review statistics, and the results are really interesting:
Russia: Psalm 12:7 “You, LORD, will keep the needy safe and will protect us forever from the wicked.”
Mexico, Peru, Spain, and Thailand: Matthew 6:33 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Chile: Psalm 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”
YouVersion is also helping to facilitate Bible translation in many different languages. Currently, the app supports 1,343 different written languages while featuring 417 languages in its audio Bible offerings. However, this year, app users donated $1 million to further the work of Bible translation in the Republic of Congo, Malawi, Benin, Indonesia, Croatia, Madagascar, and Serbia. When these projects are completed, they will supply 4 million people with the Bible in their native language.
But YouVersion doesn’t want to stop there. The app partners with a network of Bible translating organizations called illumiNations. The goal, as stated on their website, is “by the year 2033, 95 percent of the world’s population will have a complete Bible, 99.9 percent will have a complete New Testament, and 100 percent will have at least some portion of Scripture.”