So, what were people reading? Verses that inspire, instruct, correct, and tell about the King of glory.
10. James 1
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
6. Psalm 139
O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
5. 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.
4. Genesis 1
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
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.
2. 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.
And the most-read passage of Scripture for 2012 is something that likely won’t surprise you:
1. Psalm 23
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.