Most Popular Bible Verses in 2018 Deal with Fear

“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God."

“This year’s data shows people worldwide are continuing to turn to the Bible in search of comfort, encouragement, and hope,” said Bobby Gruenewald, pastor at Life.Church and YouVersion Founder. “We’re humbled that 10 years after its release, people continue to use the YouVersion Bible App in record numbers to connect with God’s Word.”

 

From mass shootings to major hurricanes, 2018 was a scary year for many in the United States and around the world. And apparently, some were looking to Scripture to help them get through it all.

The YouVersion Bible app announced today the most shared, bookmarked, and highlighted verse of 2018 was Isaiah 41:10, “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold you with my righteous right hand.”

“This year’s data shows people worldwide are continuing to turn to the Bible in search of comfort, encouragement, and hope,” said Bobby Gruenewald, pastor at Life.Church and YouVersion Founder. “We’re humbled that 10 years after its release, people continue to use the YouVersion Bible App in record numbers to connect with God’s Word.”

It was the top verse globally, as well as the top verse in the United States, Chile, France, Italy, Netherlands, Peru, South Africa, and Spain.

In Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Germany, and Mexico, users of the Bible app were most drawn to a verse with a similar principle—Joshua 1:9, which says, “Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

In Egypt, India, and Iraq—three places where Christians are a distinct minority—readers most often highlighted 1 Peter 5:7, “… casting all your cares on him, because he cares for you.”

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