What's the most popular Bible verse for 2017? According to YouVersion's Bible app, the favorite verse---measured by how often it was highlighted, shared, and bookmarked---was Joshua 1:9: "Have 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."
Fourteen of 35 countries featured by YouVersion preferred Joshua 1:9, including Chile, Egypt, and the Netherlands. Jeremiah 29:11 ("For I know the plans I have for you ...") was the most popular in 10 countries, including Canada, Indonesia, and the United Kingdom.
John 3:16 ("For God so loved the world ...") was the most highlighted, shared, and bookmarked in Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam. Romans 8:28 ("And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him ...") topped the list in the United States, Romania, Russia, and Taiwan.
In 2017, the Bible app reached 300 million installs. "We believe the Bible is an enduring source of courage and strength," stated Life.Church innovation pastor and YouVersion Bible app founder Bobby Gruenewald. "We are encouraged to see from this year's data that people all over the world are finding hope in God's Word."