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A leading Scripture-sharing organization, Bible Gateway, recently determined the United States's two most popular passages — aside from John 3:16, of course.

The website conducted the study as if Bible verses were presidential candidates and then employed “electoral votes” to determine the most popular passages. In all 50 states and Washington, D.C., the top three verses were, in some order, John 3:16, Jeremiah 29:11, and Philippians 4:13.

It should be noted John 3:16 — “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” — is the most popular verse in every state except Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina.

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The passage from John was removed from the contest to see which of the remaining two passages — Philippians 4:13 or Jeremiah 29:11 — would win the “election” of sorts:


Ultimately, Jeremiah 29:11 won out as the nation's most popular Scripture verse after John 3:16.

Jeremiah 29:11 reads, “'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.'” And Philippians 4:13 states, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

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