Every year, YouVersion Bible publishes the most popular verses list. This year, it's all about comfort.
LYouVersion Bible app revealed in a Tuesday press release which was the most popular verse of the year 2018. This application, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, has been installed more than 350 million times around the world. In 2018, across the planet, 4,2 billion chapters were listened to via the application, 27,2 billion were read, 409 million verses were shared on social networks. And among this multitude, one of them was named "the most popular verse of the year":
Do not be afraid, for I am with you; Do not cast worried glances, for I am your God; I strengthen you, I come to your aid, I support you with my triumphant right hand.
Isaiah 41: 10
For Bobby Gruenewald, this popularity is linked to people's needs for comfort. This is also the case for the French, since this verse is also the most popular in France.
“This year's data shows that people around the world continue to look to the Bible for comfort, encouragement and hope. We are honored that 10 years after its publication, users continue to use the Bible YouVersion app in record numbers to connect to the Word of God. "
In South American countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Colombia or Mexico, it is Jean 3: 16 which tops the polls:
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Japan is the country with the biggest increase in the number of engagements. The most popular verse in Japan is Jeremiah 29: 11 :
For I know the plans that I have made for you, says the Lord, plans of peace and not of calamity, in order to give you a future and hope.
“A future and hope” is what the Philippines needs. At the heart of persecutions, this verse is also their favorite.
YouVersion Bible is keen to disseminate the Word of God on a massive scale: the Bible is available in over 1250 languages.
“Many of us grew up with the ability to read the Bible in our mother tongue, but countless people around the world do not have this privilege. This is why we are passionate about publishing the Bible in multiple languages through the app. We are eternally grateful to the generous publishers and Bible societies who have joined us in the mission to increase worldwide access and engagement with the Bible. "
In August 2018, YouVersion Bible launched Bible Lens. This application will allow you to turn your favorite photos into images to share. The application will suggest you to associate verses perfectly related to your photo. All you have to do is choose the model, the font, the color ...
As for their children's Bible, it is still very successful, as Bobby Gruenewald reminds us:
“This generation is poised to become the most Bible-engaged generation of all time, and we believe the Church should continue to invest in new technologies to help adults and children connect to the Bible. We are honored to be a part of how God reaches people around the world through His Word, and we look forward to seeing how engaged people in the Bible will make a difference in this world for decades to come. "
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