2016 in Review
Based on over 1.7 billion pageviews and over 180 million unique visitors to Bible Gateway from December 2015 through November 2016, this data provides a glimpse at how people engaged with the Bible in 2016.

Keyword Search Queries

Throughout the Year

What people search for in the Bible varies throughout the year. This interactive lets you explore how cyclical some queries are, often repeating every year around the same time each year. Enter a query into the search box (valid queries are suggested to you as you type) and press “Visualize” to track how popular the query was on a given day in 2014, 2015, and 2016—the farther from the center, the more popular it was. This visualization is inspired by The Rhythm of Food.

Most-Popular Keyword Searches

Here are the most-popular keyword searches in 2016 in both English and Spanish. Hover your cursor over a keyword to see how popular it is in both languages.

7.holy spiritesperanza
10.forgivenessespiritu santo
15.the joy of the lord is my strengthluz
17.love one anothergracias
21.comfortpadre nuestro
24.fruit of the spiritorar


Bible Gateway introduced emoji search this year. Here are the most-popular emoji you searched for.

  1. 🙏 Person With Folded Hands
  2. ❤ Heavy Black Heart
  3. 🙌 Person Raising Both Hands in Celebration
  4. 😇 Smiling Face With Halo
  5. 😂 Face With Tears of Joy
  6. ⛅ Sun Behind Cloud
  7. 😍 Smiling Face With Heart-Shaped Eyes
  8. 😊 Smiling Face With Smiling Eyes
  9. 😀 Grinning Face
  10. 😭 Loudly Crying Face

Popular Verses

Chapter Popularity

The following visualization shows how certain Bible chapters were more popular than others in 2016. Darker chapters are more popular, and if you enlarge the image, you can see which verses in each chapter are most popular.

Popular chapters on Bible Gateway in 2016.

Paths through Scripture

Do you follow a reading plan to help you read through the Bible in a year? The following chart shows verses that are unusually popular on a given day. Dates are along the bottom, while verses are on the side: reading Genesis 1 on January 1 appears in the bottom left of the chart, while reading Revelation 22 on December 31 appears in the top right. Each dot indicates that the verse was unusually popular on the given day. This chart traces the paths we take through Scripture during the year and also shows some of the times of year when Bible reading is most intensive, especially around Easter and Christmas.

Diagonal paths trace the progression of reading Scripture throughout the year.

Most-Popular Bible Verses in 2016

Here are the overall most-popular Bible verses in 2016 on Bible Gateway:

RankVerseText (NIV)
1.John 3:16For 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.
2.Jer 29:11For 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.
3.Phil 4:13I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
4.Ps 23:4Even 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.
5.Rom 8:28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
6.Ps 23:1The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
7.Ps 23:6Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
8.Ps 23:5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
9.Ps 23:3he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
10.Phil 4:6Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
11.Ps 23:2He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
12.Rom 12:2Do 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.
13.1Cor 13:7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
14.Josh 1:9Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
15.1Cor 13:4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
16.Isa 41:10So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
17.1Cor 13:5It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
18.Phil 4:7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
19.Matt 6:33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
20.1Cor 13:6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
21.Isa 40:31but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
22.Prov 3:6in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
23.Prov 3:5Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
24.Phil 4:8Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
25.John 14:6Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
26.Gal 5:22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
27.Eph 6:12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
28.2Tim 1:7For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
29.1Cor 13:8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
30.2Cor 5:17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
31.2Chr 7:14if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
32.1Cor 10:13No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
33.Eph 3:20Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,
34.Matt 28:19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
35.Matt 11:28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
36.Prov 22:6Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
37.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.”
38.Gal 5:23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
39.Rom 5:8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
40.Ps 91:11For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;
41.2Tim 3:16All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
42.Ps 91:1Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
43.John 10:10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
44.1Cor 13:13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
45.2Cor 12:9But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
46.Ps 91:4He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
47.Eph 2:10For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
48.Matt 28:20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
49.1John 1:9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
50.1Pet 5:7Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
51.Ps 91:15He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
52.Ps 91:2I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
53.John 14:27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
54.Ps 91:12they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
55.Ps 91:14“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
56.Ps 91:16With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
57.Phil 4:19And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
58.Ps 91:7A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
59.Ps 91:10no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.
60.Rom 12:1Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
61.Eph 2:8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—
62.Ps 91:9If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling,
63.Ps 91:5You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
64.Heb 11:1Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
65.Ps 91:3Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.
66.Rom 3:23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
67.Ps 91:8You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
68.Ps 139:14I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
69.Ps 91:13You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
70.Ps 91:6nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
71.Matt 5:16In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
72.1Cor 13:12For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
73.Ps 46:10He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
74.1Pet 2:9But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
75.John 15:13Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
76.1Thess 5:18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
77.Isa 54:17no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the Lord.
78.Ps 37:4Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
79.Gal 6:9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
80.Gen 1:27So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
81.Col 3:23Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,
82.Heb 12:2fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
83.Ps 1:3That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.
84.2Cor 10:5We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
85.Ps 1:1Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,
86.Isa 9:6For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
87.Jas 5:16Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
88.Gal 2:20I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
89.Heb 4:12For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
90.Ps 1:2but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.
91.Rom 6:23For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
92.1Cor 13:11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.
93.Isa 53:5But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
94.Rom 10:9If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
95.Acts 1:8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
96.Rom 8:39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
97.1Pet 5:8Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
98.Prov 4:23Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
99.Rom 8:38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
100.Ps 118:24The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad.


Visitors to Bible Gateway can highlight and take notes on Bible passages. Here are the top verses annotated this year, by type of annotation:

1.Phil 4:6Phil 4:6Phil 4:6
2.Rom 12:2Phil 4:7Phil 4:7
3.Rom 12:1Rom 12:2Jer 29:11
4.Eph 6:12Phil 4:8Rom 12:2
5.Gal 5:22Rom 8:28Rom 8:28
6.Phil 4:7Eph 6:12Prov 3:5
7.Gen 1:1Gal 5:22Phil 4:8
8.Jas 1:2Prov 3:5Phil 4:13
9.Heb 11:1Jer 29:11Gal 5:22
10.John 3:16Eph 2:8Eph 6:12
11.Rom 8:28Eph 6:13Matt 6:33
12.Jer 29:11Matt 6:33Prov 3:6
13.Matt 6:33Phil 4:13Eph 6:13
14.Eph 6:13Prov 3:6John 3:16
15.Eph 6:14Gal 5:23Gal 5:23
16.Phil 4:8Eph 6:14Rom 8:38
17.Eph 6:11Rom 12:1Eph 2:8
18.Eph 6:10John 3:16Eph 6:11
19.Eph 2:8Eph 6:17Heb 11:1
20.Prov 3:5Eph 6:16Eph 3:20
21.Matt 28:19Eph 6:11Eph 6:10
22.Eph 2:10Eph 6:18Rom 8:39
23.Gal 5:23Eph 2:10Eph 6:14
24.Eph 6:17Rom 8:38Eph 6:16
25.Matt 6:9Rom 8:39Isa 40:31