“Top 10” Bible Verses
Bible IQ is pleased to share the top 10 most popular Bible verses throughout the world! Out of 2 billion+ page views from visitors on Bible Gateway’s website (the world’s most-visited website), here are the 10 most popular Bible verses. We hope you enjoy!
For 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.
God is our leader who leads and encourages us to move forward. He believes and knows we can do the task he has assigned, and reminds us he will be with us along the way. God knows the future, and his plans for us our good and full of grace and hope. As long as God, who knows the future, provides our plans and pathway, and also will be traveling with us, then we can have endless and exciting hope. This does not mean that we will not incure the potholes of life’s pain, suffering, or hardship, but rather that God will see us through to a victorious finish.
For 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.
This is the gospel message wrapped up in a single verse! God loves us so much, and models that when we love, we are to give freely and to the point of self-sacrifice. God paid the ultimate price via the life of his Son. Jesus accepted our sin punishment and now offers us the new life that he bought for us. When we share the gospel with others, our love must be like Jesus’ – willing to give up our own selfish desires, comforts and securites, so that others might come to receive God’s grace, love, and salvation.
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
A right relationship and mindset with God provides us with the perspective, priority, and his power to accomplish his will in our lives, and to provide us stamina, strength, and courage to persevere through life’s storms, valleys and giants. This verse is about contentment and satisfaction of heart and soul because God wants us to trust in him and to build strength in his power and peace.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
God works in “all things” – good, bad and ugly – for our good! God is able to take the brokenness, mistakes, and circumstances from our lives and transform it to our good. It should be noted that God is not making this happen for our comfort nor happiness, but rather to fulfill his overall purpose in our lives. Furthermore, this promise is not for everyone – only those who love God and are called according to his purpose. Those “called” are those who the Holy Spirit have convinced and enabled to believe in Jesus and to receive God’s gift of grace. These individuals have a new purpose and a new way of thinking about life. They trust in God. They look for their security in heaven and not life’s treasures. They learn to accept, not resent, pain and persecution because God has called them and is with them. In other words, they let life’s storms make then better and not bitter.
Even 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.
God is our good shepherd who comforts us and protects us. He stays with his us as a good shepherd does with his precious sheep. Life’s darkest valleys can include pain, suffering, disease, injury, and even impending death. Although strength and courage can get us through most of these valleys, when it comes to death, only God can bring us safely to the other side – entrance into eternal life in heaven.
Do 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.
God has good, pleasing, and perfect plans for his chosen children. He wants us to live transformed lives with renewed minds making choices that conform to God’s ways and not the world’s ways. A person’s thinking must be transformed from our old, ungodly ways into new, godly ways of thinking. What we know in our minds to be true will form a conviction in our hearts, which in turn will translate into action. As Christians we must renew our minds by the continuous reading, studying, and understanding of God’s Word.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Aside from his promised protection and provisions, God offers us his goodness and love and his ultimate promise that we will dwell in his house forever. As Christians, we can live in peace knowing these promises and look forward to spending eternity with our heavenly Father.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not be in want.
God is our shepherd who cares for us. Just like sheep are completely dependent on their shepherd for provision, guidance, and protection, we are to conform, through trust and obedience, to become completely dependent on God. Once we recognize the Lord as our good shepherd, we need to be wise and follow him as he will lead us in right places and in the right ways. Knowing, listening, and following God will also empower us to combat our selfish and greedy desires.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
God prepares a banquet for us. And because we are his special guest, he anoints our heads with oil. By way of background, it was customary in Biblical times to anoint a special person with fragrant oil. Also, God is not embarrassed of our past mistakes and regrets – we are his special guest and he demonstrates such even in the presence of our enemies. In Biblical times, hosts were also expected to protect their guests at all costs. Likewise, God provides protection to us even when our enemies surround us. Finally, God’s blessings are abundant and his provisions are more than enough such that our cups overflow.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
To “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness” means to turn to God in all situations, to fill our mind with his ways and desires, to model his character, and to trust, serve and obey him in everything. God does not want to be a “slice” of our lives, he wants to be the “filling” of our lives – active and a top priority in all areas. This conditional promise also comes with an abundance of blessings.