Top 10 Highlighted Bible Verses — Sep 2011
As Amazon has just refreshed its Kindle product line, and as it has been 6 months since the last time I did it, I thought it appropriate to re-visit the top 10 most highlighted Bible verses in the Kindle edition of the ESV.
Why the ESV?
You might be wondering why I’d pick the “top 10” from the ESV. Well, aside from being the elect standard version (joke) it’s free to download and consequently has the most crowd sourced public highlights. For example, the most user highlights of a single verse in the NIV is 325, compared to the ESV with 1075 highlights.
So, without further ado…
1. Philippians 4:6-7
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
2. John 3:16
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
3. Proverbs 3:5-6
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
4. Philippians 4:8
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
5. Galatians 5:22-23
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
6. Romans 8:28
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
7. Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
8. Ephesians 2:8-10
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
9. Matthew 6:33-34
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
10. Philippians 4:11-13
“Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
Although not dramatically different from earlier this year, there remains some changes:
- John 3:16 was knocked out of first place.
- Genesis 1:1 was dropped from the top 10.
- Romans 8:28 was added to the top 10.
Does that mean Christians have shrunk back from missions, now believe in evolution, yet are convinced more than ever by the sovereignty of God? Maybe. But you can’t get that from the above data.
Nonetheless, I find this an interesting exercise.
What do you think of the verses?
In your mind are there any surprise appearances, or a startling absence?
What would feature in your top 10 if we flipped through your Bible?
Let me know in the comments.