On its 25th anniversary, the online scripture resource Bible Gateway declares it has been viewed more than 14 billion times and reveals what its top 10 keyword searches and top five Bible verses searched and shared by its users are.
Users have viewed the online Bible search engine and Bible reading website over 14 billion times on more than 1 billion devices, says Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Bible Gateway, which was created in 1993.
Bible Gateway, which is home to more than 200 Bible versions in more than 70 languages, reveals that "love" is the top keyword search.
The other top nine keyword searches are "faith," "peace," "hope," "joy," "prayer," "Holy Spirit," "grace," "healing" and "forgiveness."
The No. 1 Bible verse searched and shared by its users is John 3:16, which reads, "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."
No. 2 is Jeremiah 29:11, "'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.'"
No. 3 is Philippians 4:13, "I can do all this through him who gives me strength," followed by Psalm 23:4, which reads, "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."
No. 5 is Romans 8:28, "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."
Bible Gateway also shared the top 10 countries using the online Bible resource.
The United States is No. 1, followed by the United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, Philippines, Columbia, Australia, South Africa, Brazil and India, respectively.
Bible Gateway has found that Sudan is the country that statistically spends the least time on its website.
The Christian website remarks that "it appears tropical vacationers and resort tourists enjoy browsing Bible Gateway." Out of more than 200 countries and territories, it found that the geographic location that spends the most time, on average, on Bible Gateway is Saint-Martin/Sint Maarten, which is part of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean Sea, comprising two separate countries.
Stating Bible Gateway's mission statement, which is "to honor Christ by equipping people to read and understand the Bible, wherever they are," Barach says, "What an honor and privilege to be able to serve so many people around the world during the last quarter-century, doing just that."