Out of more than 920 million unique Bible searches conducted by visitors to Bible Gateway during 2018 by app, tablet, laptop, or desktop, the most popular verse for the year was Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” This verse ranked second in 2016 to John 3:16.
The most popular keyword searched for on Bible Gateway during the year was “love“ in English and “amor“ in Spanish (a repeat of 2016). Read the entire list of the top 100 Bible verses and top 25 keywords.
English was the language of choice for users, followed by Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, and French (44% of our visitors were from outside the USA). People visited BibleGateway.com from a total of 241 countries or territories, including Vatican City, Israel, Palestine, China, Vietnam, Cuba, and North Korea. The top 10 countries visitors came from were the USA, United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Philippines, Brazil, Australia, South Africa, and Peru.
More women than men used Bible Gateway this year; visitors aged 25-34 were the largest age group; and people mostly used their desktops to access the Bible on Bible Gateway, followed by mobile and then tablet.
Continuing with the other nine most popular Bible verses in the top 10 list for 2018:
2. John 3:16 — For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (#1 in 2016)
3. Philippians 4:13 — I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (#3 in 2016)
4. Romans 8:28 — And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (#5 in 2016)
5. Psalm 23:4 — Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (#4 in 2016)
6. Romans 12:2 — Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (#12 in 2016)
7. Psalm 23:6 — Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (#7 in 2016)
8. Psalm 23:1 — The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. (#6 in 2016)
9. Psalm 23:5 — You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. (#8 in 2016)
10. Matthew 6:33 — But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (#19 in 2016)
The other nine most popular keywords searched:
2. peace (#3 in 2016)
3. faith (#2 in 2016)
4. joy (#5 in 2016)
5. hope (#4 in 2016)
6. heart (#16 in 2016)
7. pray (#18 in 2016)
8. holy spirit (#7 in 2016)
9. prayer (#6 in 2016)
10 spirit (not in the top 25 in 2016)
The top 10 Scripture passages searched for in 2018 were:
- Psalm 91
- Psalm 23
- Genesis 1
- Romans 8
- Matthew 6
- 1 Corinthians 13
- Matthew 5
- John 1
- Ephesians 4
- Romans 1
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