For many, 2017 has been quite a tumultuous year. For others, it’s been a success. It just depends on your circumstances and your perspective — and who you voted for in the 2016 presidential election.
In the midst of life’s many twists and turns, for a lot of people, the Bible is a constant comfort, in both good and bad times. And this year’s most popular passage, according to the YouVersion Bible app, comes from the Old Testament.
— YouVersion (@YouVersion) October 15, 2017
The verse is Joshua 1:9, which reads, “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.”
YouVersion, which has had an incredibly successful year, determined the Joshua passage to be the most popular because it was the most shared, highlighted and bookmarked verse among the app’s users across the world in 2017.
Interestingly, 2017’s most popular verse in the United States alone was Romans 8:28, which is particularly fitting for those shaken by the election or the horrific (and seemingly unending) reports of sexual misconduct surfacing in just about every sector.
The passage reads: “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.”
Here’s a snapshot of how YouVersion has helped increase access to the Bible around the globe:
According to Faithwire, developers at YouVersion have set a goal to have the New Testament translated for 99.9 percent of the world by 2033.
“We believe the Bible is an enduring source of courage and strength,” YouVersion founder and Life.Church pastor Bobby Gruenewald said in a statement to the website. “We are encouraged to see from this year’s data that people all over the world are finding hope in God’s word.”
Gruenewald said he and his YouVersion team stand at a “pivotal point in history.”
“In recent years,” he explained, “technology has made it possible to accelerate Bible translation like never before. There’s incredible momentum around this effort that we know won’t stop until every person has Scripture available in their heart language.”