Christianity 201

September 29, 2015

The Top Verses: Minor Prophets Edition

Today we pay a return visit to TopVerses.com and a look at scripture verses that are often sought out from the twelve Minor Prophets of the first testament. (Far from a last minute devotional, this is something I’ve been meaning to do for several months, and it took twice as long to format this!) All selections NIV; clicking the reference will take you to a page which shows the verses in context, in 3 different translations. Allow the various passages to speak to you.

Hosea 4:6

Bible Rank: 469
My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. “Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.”

Joel 2:28

Bible Rank: 90
“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.”

Amos 3:7

Bible Rank: 822*
Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.

Obadiah 1:2

Bible Rank: 2,085
“See, I will make you small among the nations; you will be utterly despised.”

Jonah 1:1

Bible Rank: 1,144
The word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai:

Micah 6:8

Bible Rank: 99
He has shown all you people what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Nahum 1:2

Bible Rank: 2,385
The LORD is a jealous and avenging God; the LORD takes vengeance and is filled with wrath. The LORD takes vengeance on his foes and vents his wrath against his enemies.

Habakkuk 1:2

Bible Rank: 1,856
How long, LORD, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save?

Zephaniah 3:17

Bible Rank: 1,522
“The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”

Haggai 1:4

Bible Rank: 2,791*
“Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?”

Zechariah 9:9

Bible Rank: 739
Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Malachi 3:10

Bible Rank: 492
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

*The top searched verse in Amos is one of those humorous verses that doesn’t exactly provide the devotional blessing we’re going for here! The top verse in Haggai was similar to the one in Jonah, so we went to the second one. At some point we’ll return and look at second and third ranked verses, but always remember that the verse numbers themselves are an artificial construction that were never part of the original documents.


September 28, 2013

The Top Verses

Bible StudySomething a little different today!

I’m not sure by what criteria the verses on the website Top Verses  were chosen, but it’s no surprise that John 3:16 was ranked number one. Furthermore, most of the ten verses on the first page are probably quite familiar to you, or at least more familiar than some of the ones listed below. But I thought it would be interesting to dig through the top 100 to see if there are some verses which everyone may not expect to be on such a list….

I deliberately chose some toward the lower end of the top 100, but there are 3,111 verses included in this collection. With ten per page, you could take a year to go through these one page at a time.

Next, you’ll notice that on the list below, each verse is also a link which will take you to a profile page which gives the verse in much greater context. I’ve selected NIV as the default here, the site offers each verse as well in Amplifed and KJV translations. Choose one or two of the profile page and allow that to be your reading for today.

Matthew 28:18
     Rank: 19

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” (NIV)

Acts 4:12
     Rank: 24

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name given under heaven by which we must be saved.” (NIV)

Titus 3:5
     Rank: 31

He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit (NIV)

Ephesians 4:11
     Rank: 35

So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers (NIV)

John 4:24

    Rank: 53

“God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” (NIV)

Acts 17:11
    Rank: 70

Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. (NIV)

Galatians 2:20
     Rank: 71

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (NIV)

Matthew 5:17
     Rank: 73

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” (NIV)

John 16:13
     Rank: 77

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. (NIV)

Acts 20:28
     Rank: 78

Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. (NIV)

Titus 2:11
     Rank: 79

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. (NIV)

Romans 13:1
     Rank: 82

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. (NIV)

Hebrews 11:6
     Rank: 87

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (NIV)

John 5:24
    Rank: 89

“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.” (NIV)

Colossians 1:15
    Rank: 93

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. (NIV)

Titus 2:13
    Rank: 95

While we wait for the blessed hope – the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ (NIV)

Philippians 4:8
    Rank: 96

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. (NIV)

Micah 6:8
    Rank: 99

He has shown all you people what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. (NIV)

John 17:17
     Rank: 100

Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. (NIV)

…We’ll do this again some time with verses 101-200, but feel free to jump ahead and do this on your own!  This site is also a good listing of Bible verse essentials that every new Christian should know; though they ought to be encouraged to read things in context; not simply read verses isolation.