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Most People Wish They Knew More About the Bible

The majority of Bible Gateway users responding to an online survey say they wish they knew more about the Bible than they currently do.

Readers of the Bible Gateway Blog were asked “How do you describe your personal knowledge of the Bible?,” to which more than 2,000 responded. Of that number, a total of 59% agreed with, “Wish I knew more.”

[See our previous blogpost, A Summary of Recent Bible Reading Surveys]

Almost a third of responders (28%) said they are “comfortably knowledgeable,” nearly a tenth (9%) called themselves “a Bible scholar,” and 4% said, “About all I know are some of the names of the books, but not in order.”

The final survey option was “Completely ignorant with no desire to change,” which received 23 votes; statistically 0%, but causing us to be joyful that those 23 people are nonetheless using Bible Gateway and being exposed to God’s Word.

Of course, we hope that using Bible Gateway for your Bible reading and study will help you if you’re in the “wish I knew more” boat. If you’d like to explore some of Bible Gateway’s more advanced features, here are several ways you can deepen your Bible Gateway experience. Take special note of the ability to access Bible commentaries alongside your Scripture reading (#5 in the list)—many of those commentaries are available for free, and additional ones can be purchased and unlocked through the Bible Gateway Store.

Our next Bible Gateway poll asks “What English Bible translation do you primarily use to memorize Scripture?” Cast your vote below:

What English Bible translation do you primarily use to memorize Scripture?

  • KJV (35%, 824 Votes)
  • NIV (31%, 731 Votes)
  • NKJV (13%, 299 Votes)
  • ESV (7%, 170 Votes)
  • NLT (5%, 109 Votes)
  • NASB (5%, 108 Votes)
  • AMP (2%, 45 Votes)
  • Other (2%, 41 Votes)
  • NRSV (1%, 30 Votes)
  • ASV (1%, 27 Votes)
  • HCSB (1%, 16 Votes)
  • MSG (1%, 14 Votes)
  • VOICE (1%, 14 Votes)
  • GNT (1%, 12 Votes)
  • CEB (0%, 9 Votes)
  • NAB (0%, 9 Votes)
  • GNV (0%, 7 Votes)
  • CEV (0%, 6 Votes)
  • NIrV (0%, 4 Votes)
  • NET (0%, 4 Votes)
  • NCV (0%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,383

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