in ,

Some of the Most Popular Bible Verses Are Usually the Most Misinterpreted

The problem arises when we make a habit of carelessly ripping nice-sounding Bible verses from their context to apply to our own situations. That’s not actually how the Bible should be read, or used.

Fear Not Bible verse tattoo
(Photo: James Coleman/Unsplash)

Thanks to a long list of websites and apps that make the Scriptures readily accessible, we can identify some of the most popular Bible verses people turn to time and time again. So we’ve put together a list of some of the most searched for and accessed Bible verses.

Some of the most popular Bible verses that appear on this list also tend to be some of the most misinterpreted.

For example, Christians tend to gravitate toward Jeremiah 29:11 a lot. The Bible verse reads: “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.”

This particular verse was contextually spoken by God through the prophet Jeremiah to the people of Judah (the “you” is plural!). God had sent them into exile as punishment for their repeated sins, yet promised them that He had good things ahead for them as a people.

Despite that, Christians today like to apply that promise personally. That’s not such a horrible thing, of course. The problem arises when we make a habit of carelessly ripping nice-sounding Bible verses from their context to apply to our own situations. That’s not actually how the Bible should be read, or used.

Often, neglecting to take time to understand the historical background and circumstances of a particular part of Scripture robs the reader of further appreciating what it meant to the people who heard, received, or experienced it then. A fuller understanding might also enrich how an interpretation applies to those living today, as well.

Jeremiah 29:11 isn’t about you (or us) at all specifically. However, generally, it is a great reminder that even in the midst of disaster we can be hopeful about the future because, ultimately, God is in control.

Below are a few other popular Bible verses that Christians tend to turn to again, and again.

1. 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.”

2. Philippians 4:13

“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”

3. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.”

4. Proverbs 3:5-6

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

5. Matthew 28:19

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

6. Hebrews 11:1

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

7. Joshua 1:9

“‘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.’”

8. 1 Peter 5:7

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

What are some of your favorite Bible verses?


Republish This Article

Appreciate our work? Subscribe! Instead of being limited to 4 free premium articles a month, a subscription grants you instant access to all of our exclusive content. As a Faithfully Magazine Partner subscriber, you'll enjoy:
  • Instant on-demand web access to everything
  • Free print/digital issues of the magazine
  • Free motto t-shirt (Level B & A Partners only)
  • Special live virtual events with special guests
  • Connecting with other Partner members
  • Helping us keep Christian media diverse
  • And much more!
SUBSCRIBE NOW
 
Share via

Report

What do you think?

Comments

Leave a Reply

    Expert

    Written by FM Editors

    Faithfully Magazine is a fresh, bold and exciting news and culture publication that covers issues, conversations and events impacting Christian communities of color.

    selfcare

    How Do You Practice Self-Care? We Asked Christians Engaged in Racial Reconciliation

    Pyongyang Korea Revival Reparations

    Greed, Revival, and Korea: Another Case for Reparations From the Pyongyang Revival of 1907