Bible Gateway Bible verse of the year for 2021

Bible Gateway Bible verse of the year for 2021 which includes searching for sorcery. #bgbg2

Bible Gateway Bible verse of the year for 2021

It’s interesting to see how Bible Gateway and YouVersion can have two different top verses searched for in 2021.

With nearly 3 million searches per day—more than 2,000 per minute around the clock—being generated by tens of millions of people in more than 200 countries and territories in the last 12 months, search trends on Bible Gateway offer an impression of how people engaged with the Bible in 2021 on the world’s most-visited Christian website.

Bible Gateway Bible verse of the year for 2021 which includes searching for sorcery. #bgbg2

The topics people search the Bible for on Bible Gateway are always interesting but this year may be the most intriguing. Searching Scripture using the words “sorceries” and “sorcery”increased from 2020 by 193%, followed by “slow to anger, abounding in love” by 169%, and “in my father’s house are many rooms” by 140%. Other search terms decreased from last year, such as “pestilence,” “plague”, and “disease” by 71%“you have not because you ask not” by 70%, and “in this world you will have trouble” by 62%.

The increase in sorceries is related to heightened interest in the Greek word pharmakeia which, according to the Mounce Concise Greek-English Dictionary of the New Testament means “employment of drugs for any purpose; sorcery, magic, enchantment” as used in Galatians 5:20

The overall most-popular Bible verse searched for, read, and shared on Bible Gateway in 2021 was John 3:16, followed by Jeremiah 29:11, as they both have been for at least every year of the last decade. And the top two most-popular keyword searches in 2021—as they’ve been year after year—were loveand peace.

However, some changes to the top 10 Bible verses include Romans 12:2, rising to the #5 position this year from #16 last year; Philippians 4:6 at #7 from #11; Philippians 4:13 at #9from #12; and Isaiah 41:10 at #10 from #13. The most dramatic increase is for Luke 10:18 (“He replied, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.’”) rising 2,695 positions to rank 84th in 2021.

As for the top Bible verses that gained and lost the most traffic compared to last year: Leviticus 13:45-46 increased by 626% and Isaiah 26:20-21 decreased by 92%.

While sorcery—listed by the apostle Paul as one of the “works of the flesh” in Galatians 5:20—may have been an exceptionally popular Bible search term in 2021, it’s important to remember Paul’s instruction also in that chapter that’s summed up in the #27 most popular verse this year (up from #44 last year): Galatians 5:22 — “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.”

Check out Bible Gateway’s Previous Veres of the year!

Subscribe To Courageous Christian Father!


Don’t miss any blog posts! Subscribe today! You can subscribe via WordPress or by entering your email! Thank you!

Follow Courageous Christian Father on

Join 1,564 other subscribers

Don’t forget to also share blog posts you love on your favorite social media too! Thank you! Sharing is caring!

Follow Steve Sews on Social Media

Follow on: Threads

Below are some examples of blog entries from all the blogs that I do. (Courageous Christian Father, Steve Sews Stuff, and SteveZ DesignZ). 

Loading RSS Feed

Recent Posts

  • If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything
    The Liberating Power of Truth: A Christian Perspective – In a world filled with complexities and moral dilemmas, the age-old wisdom of Mark Twain rings true: “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” As Christians, we find profound guidance in the Scriptures that reinforces the importance of truth in our lives. #bgbg2
  • Jetpack Like Button showing loading
    Jetpack Like Button showing loading – in most cases, you can troubleshoot by disabling, plug-ins, and themes, and seeing what is the culprit. But if you have Dreamhost, there may be another issue.
  • Fast Christmas music can lead to a speeding ticket
    Fast Christmas music can lead to a speeding ticket – ‘Tis the season to be jolly, but could your choice of Christmas music be putting a damper on your holiday spirit? As festive tunes fill the airwaves, it turns out that the tempo of your seasonal playlist might have unintended consequences, including a potential encounter with flashing blue lights. In this blog post, we explore the unexpected link between fast-paced Christmas music and the risk of receiving a speeding ticket.
  • Who is David Platt
    David Platt is a prominent figure in the world of evangelical Christianity, known for his impactful teachings and influential role as a pastor, author, and speaker. Platt has dedicated his life to spreading the message of the Gospel and inspiring others to live out their faith in a meaningful way. #DavidPlatt
  • Radical by David Platt
    Embracing a Radical Faith: A Christian Reflection on “Radical” by David Platt – In a world that often pulls us in various directions, the call to radical discipleship remains steadfast. David Platt’s book, “Radical,” serves as a reminder of the radical commitment required of every follower of Christ. #Radical

Thank You For Reading Courageous Christian Father!

Thank you for reading. Please feel free to share and like this blog post.

About the Author

Author: Steve Patterson

A Christian Blogger that enjoys blogging about the Bible, Theology, God, Jesus Christ, Christian Music, Family, Cats, Odd Holidays, sewing and much more. I have been blogging since 2004, however, I have been blogging on Courageous Christian Father since 2012. I enjoy listening to Christian Music. I am married with 1 daughter, 2 step-sons and a step daughter.

Feel free to share your comment! Thank you!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.