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Freethought Today · Jan/Feb 2013

Published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc.

Psalm 23:4 piques most online interest

According to a Jan. 3 story in The Christian Post, out of nearly 7 million visits last year to King James Bible Online, the most-viewed bible verse was Psalm 23:4 — “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”

No. 2 was Philippians 4:13 — “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

Coming in third was the New Testament’s John 3:16 — “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The rest of the top 10:

 . Genesis 1:1 — “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

 . 1 Corinthians 13:11 — “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”

 . 2 Chronicles 7:14 — “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

 . Jeremiah 29:11 — “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

 . Ephesians 6:12 — “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

 . 2 Timothy 1:7 — “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

10. Genesis 1:2 — “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”

 

Editor’s note: The website shipoffools.com, which pokes fun at Christianity, asked readers in 2009 to submit their favorite “worst” bible verses in a project called Chapter & Worse.

No. 1: St. Paul’s advice in 1 Timothy 2:12, in which he says: “But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.”

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