So we'll put the rest of these scripture references that requotes Exodus 3:6-7 from the show notes, if you want to geek out further. And that God will deal with us justly and fairly, always tending towards mercy. So people have become really sensitive to this in the Old Testament in a way that when I talk to people from the older generation, they don't feel the problem here. (00:25:00), Tim: Ooh, this is important. Speaking of our show notes, you should check them out. It starts with "You shall not worship other gods or serve them." It'll be interesting. Jesus used the psalmists’ words when… He was asked for a sign to show who He is (Ps 78:24, John 6:32-33) So I don't know if this makes you squirm. Because I take that for granted maybe. It appears in a prayer of Moses in the book of Numbers after Israel decides not to enter the promised land. But then somehow, the moment God is compassionate...we're back to God's consistency. We asked some readers of this article to give us some of their most encouraging scriptures that we did not include in our top ten list and we heard the same verses over and over again. These are the most read and most quoted Bible verses, ranked by spiritual readers and devoted Christians. It probably had kind of this like slow morphing into it was very positive. It should. So you're saying it's kind of like a bait and switch almost. Jon: If we go back to the original story, we haven't talked about the narrative yet, but He's angry. Right? So the ten spies says, "No way, we're not going in there. We invite you to join us in person each Sunday morning at 9:00 AM or 11:00 AM for Worship. In 2017, the three most popular verses on the site are: This is many, many years ago. These verses are the first description of God’s character in the Hebrew Scriptures. There's some little neighborhood buddy friends that are awesome. The next episode will unpack the narrative context of Exodus 34 and examine why God gives this description of himself. But for the moment, Carissa, you're just naming this is the moment that Moses is in a cave up on Mount Sinai, and there's a divine storm cloud passing by because Moses asked to see God's glory. So Numbers 14, this is the story of the rebel spies who go into the land and then come back. And then he adds from verse 7 of Exodus 34. So I think I come to a verse and I just take that for granted. I have my PhD in Hebrew Bible and focus on the Psalms and the shape or the story that the Psalms tell. The Bible is the ultimate source for inspiration. And maybe, Jon, Deuteronomy 5:9. Jon: So when we quote it, you really is focusing on the second half of the quote. Tim: Doing calamity, yeah. For he is gracious and compassionate, But the question is, are these tensions that God feels within Himself? Tim: Totally. 54m, – Tim: Actually, that's a great observation, Carissa. And during that conversation, we will talk about the idea of God being angry. These two verses illustrate a tension between God’s mercy and justice, but they also provide assurance for the ongoing stability of God’s character. Where if I put myself in the psyche of an ancient Israelite forming this covenant, you might wonder, "Yeah, okay, is this just for us? Jon: And that's where the storybooks end. That He's consistent to respond according to His character and according to how people respond to Him. Yeah. I'm a Bible scholar and educator. This is how it's always going to be. The website topverses.com recently ranked the verses of the Bible … That's what you would want in any friend. This is also for your kids and your kids' kids. I've totally heard people talk about this before as if it's something that the Bible teaches. They don't say that. The most quoted verse in the Bible also speaks of the greatest good, the greatest action, the greatest need, the greatest example, the greatest sacrifice, the greatest invitation, the greatest response, the greatest horror and the greatest gift the world has ever seen. Tim: The first time that it gets requoted in the book of Numbers 14. 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. If they believe in divine powers, they relate to divine powers in this way. Jonah flips this over. I think this is why He told Jeremiah not to pray for the people. For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes. He says to the people, "Rend your hearts (00:42:00) and not your garments. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. We see them as these two parts of God's character that we perceive somehow in tension with one another. God’s covenant promise is ongoing; God is making a promise about the stability of his character toward all generations. I think there's cultural reasons for that, our cultural setting, for why we start to squirm a little bit. Here’s the Top Ten Most Popular Verses in the Bible #1 John 3:16. I think jealousy in English for most English speakers has a self-oriented focus. The story of Jonah is taking place when Nineveh is at its peak in its heyday, as the capital of Assyrian Empire. Tim: Yeah, I agree. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. It's the same idea. The promise of God’s judgment offers stability and assurance in God’s response. Tim: Yeah, that's right. What are the most quoted passages of the Bible? He says, "I'm done with these people. and it’s words were quoted more often by Jesus than the words from any other book. 1hr 2m, – 59m. The most consistent way these verses are quoted as people in trouble, people sitting in a mess of their own making, and they turn back to God and say, "Let's go back to God because Exodus 34:6, He's this way.". He's wonderful, and He's going to punish your family. It's like more (00:27:00) digestible when he flips it. Tim: Oh, this what you were talking about earlier? But then when it says, (00:15:01) "...to the sons and their sons to third and fourth generation," on a plain reading, that just looks like God's holding a grudge. Tim: That's right. The logic is that when a righteous person asks for God’s mercy, God delivers. So there's justice for when you do wrong. God can take care of giants. But the sense that they make is the sense when they're first introduced in a story in the book of Exodus. You can ask me questions like: Character of God: Exodus 34:6-7 Video Notes. The most intense forms of divine anger in the Bible are aimed at leaders of people, Israelite or non-Israelite, who abuse their positions of power. Character of God Carissa has been part of our team for a while now. 58m, – Carissa: Yeah, I think when I've quoted this verse, or said, "Oh, I love this verse," I stopped after "forgiver of iniquity, transgression, and sin.". Reply. Nahum is writing (00:50:00) right after the fall of the Assyrian Empire. 1hr 8m, – Common Bible Verses Taken Out Of Context Matthew 7:1 | Judge Not, Least You Be Judged Judge not, lest you be judged. And I think that's because the biblical authors are putting them out there as genuine tensions. John 3:16. My main areas of research or the things that I'm really fascinated with all have to do with the literary artistry of Scripture. Two of the five attributes that we had previously. The very next thing that is going to happen in the narrative, in Exodus 32:1 is where the story picks up. Is that the right word for it? And it's going to be awesome. Today on the show, we're going to dig into these beautiful, important lines in Scripture. And what should come is "in loyal love." No generation gets a free pass or no generation will be treated unjustly. Jon: Yeah. He's always the same. Then right after that. Jon: It's like, "Oh, okay, He's going to be just when he has to be just great. No one comes to the Father except through me. But verse 7 is just as important of a statement about God's character. This difference helps to clarify how God deals with future generations. The most popular Bible verses from Numbers Found 1,288 Verses Numbers 1:2 Bible Rank: 801 "Take a census of the whole Israelite community by their clans and families, listing every man by name, one by one." So it just takes some reflection. But to tee this off, Tim, one thing that you told me is that this is the most referenced verse in the Bible by biblical authors? You'll die in the wilderness, and your kids will be the ones who get to go in.". You know what I mean? 1hr 12m, – Its frequent citation should cause us to pay attention to what is being said. It feels like, I love you, I love you. Where envy is when you want something that you don't have. This is God's revelation of His character to the specific people group that He's made a generational covenant with. They're huge." But Jon, can you remember back when we first started talking about this and before we took a deep dive into these verses and what they mean, (00:08:00) what your perception was? But I think this seems like a whole heart thing about which God you worship. There are many famous Bible verses that have been immortalized in history. Go check it out. Ooh, this is a good one about God's soft spot, Jon. Because when these episodes go live on our podcast, who knows? Yeah, that's right. And with every generation and apparently with any people group, He will always operate according to Exodus 34:6-7, so much so that Jonah can throw these words in God's face as an accusation almost. April 27, 2013 ; RH ; For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. And also this is the bigger context. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. The Lord is avenging and wrathful. It's two verses, 6 and 7. Jon: The most quoted verse by biblical authors in the Bible is Exodus 34:6-7. Our overview video on these two verses is already completed, and it's up on our website, and on our YouTube channel. It also kind of makes me wonder about the Exodus passage, if that not clearing the guilty. Therefore in order to forestall this...'" Is this your translation? KEY TAKEAWAYS What are the most popular Bible verses? "The LORD is slow to anger and great in power, and the LORD will by no means leave the guilty unpunished. That's the scene right here. But of course, what was it that moved God to have the fish vomit him out so that he would live and not die? Well, Yahweh is not in the covenant with the nation of Assyria. Find a full list beginning on page eight of our Character of God: Exodus 34:6-7 Video Notes. In part four (40:50–end), Tim brings up the prophet Joel, who describes the consequences of Israel’s sins and implores them to come back to God. Jonah 4:1-2 So yeah, there's definitely an interesting relationship. — Philippians 4:13 (NIV) I'm going to destroy them (00:19:00) and start over with a new people. Oh, but he's loving." Tim: Yeah. Tim: Yes. It settles a little better. BuzzFeed Staff. Tim: "Passionate" doesn't do the whole job. So what this rephrasing of it in Deuteronomy 5 tells us is when we're talking about these further generations, their behavior is crucial to how God responds to them. Tim: You know how John 3:16, "God so loved the world, He gave His one and only Son," it's like the most quotable verse, at least in American Christianity, some forms, it says if these two verses Exodus 34:6-7 were the John 3:16 of ancient Israel. We're going to start an entire series walking through these verses, and looking at the key vocabulary. Jon: Well, no, Tim, to be fair, there's a lot in the Torah about how if you obey me, your crops are going to be good. In other words, he condenses the first half, Exodus 34:6, and he just quotes two out of the five. But that's the way the design pattern works. Carissa: Maybe like uncontrolled rage or something. And he quotes the same words. Jon: Did he not just listen to his own statement? But I’ll bet you can’t guess which verse would come second. I think that also shows us that we're maybe missing what that second half means if we're reading as a fully negative statement. The tension comes with how does God relate to people who constantly fail as His partners. It reinforces that God's keeper of loyal love for thousands and forgiver of iniquities and transgressions and sins. Where, as just a Western modern reader, I'm just like, "Whoa." Okay, this is one example of a real quotation, and it's illuminating one, I think. That's a pretty intense. Tim: Yeah, totally. Jon: "Therefore in order to prevent this I fled to Tarshish, for I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abundant in loyal love, and one who relents concerning ra, concerning...". This is what He calls the people to do in response. In his anger, Jonah accuses God of having consistent character. I'm not making some special thing for this generation. I guess the balancing act is more important than the final word. One of you should read it. 1hr, – Tim: Yes, and keep my commandments. Carissa: I also think it's significant in this verse in Deuteronomy 5 and in Exodus 20, where it's quoting from that it gives the context for what iniquity means. Tim: So Exodus 24 ends with Moses going up the mountain to kind of seal the deal to tell God, like, "Yeah, the people are going to do it, we're going to do this, we're going to be your covenant people." He orders Jeremiah not to intercede. Who does God say he is? #2 Matthew 6:33. And that makes sense because he was the one who first heard them. Below is a list of the seven most popular verses in the Bible.… Jon: Well, that's where we conflate it with envy. Anyway. But my disposition is lovingkindness.". Sarcastic? Here we go. Another striking example comes up in the book of Jonah after the prophet preaches to Nineveh and the whole city turns to God. Or, possibly we hear others misquoting verses, they sound right in the moment, so we also begin spreading the misuse without taking the time to study the verse in its author-intended context. Tim: We see them as these two parts of God's character that we perceive somehow (00:02:00) in tension with one another. The Least Popular Book?) But any generation will get what's coming to it if that's how they act. Carissa: Yeah, I was going to say if you're part of the oppressed, then it's good news. Tim: Yeah, that's right. Tim: In other words, Moses' takeaway is not "Oh, therefore, there's like no hope for somebody who blows it.". Well, then you won't. Tim: Slow to anger. The Ten Commandments appear twice in the Old Testament. Therefore in order to forestall this I fled to Tarshish, for I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abundant in loyal love, and one who relents concerning evil.”. Return to the Lord your God because He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in loyal love and relenting of doing harm or doing catastrophe.". So big picture, just kind of some observations here. In particular, we want to look at this tension that pops in this verse, how it starts with such a lovely and caring picture of God. He prayed to the Lord and said, “Please Lord, was not this what I said while I was still in my own country? "You should not worship or serve them, for I the LORD your God, am I a passionate God." God identifies the disobedient as those who hate him and the obedient as those who love and obey him. This is Exodus 34:6-7. But I think we've touched on it. Tim: Here, let me show you guys a couple of other times that these verses get requoted. Jon: Can we stop there, Tim? Jon: And all those other thoughts like of being faithful and all those things all center in the background. That's a great observation. (00:13:00) And it is interesting that this self-revealing of God is portrayed a something new, and that God says explicitly to Moses that even though he's revealed Himself in the past, He hasn't made Himself known by his name, which is exactly what he's doing here. And the Lord will by no means leave the guilty unpunished. God's going to hold you accountable to that iniquity, to use the biblical word there. Let's look at how it gets used in the Prophets. What we'll do then is in the next episode, we'll talk about the narrative context of these verses and situate ourselves in what was going on (00:53:00) in the biblical story. I’m not sure if it does yet! Jon: You might remember Carissa from a podcast episode maybe even (00:03:00) a year ago, where she walked us through the word "witness" in the Bible for word study that she wrote. Do you guys resonate with that? If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. But because of that quoting, he's asking that God would forgive the iniquity of the people. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. Jon: Just because your dad did something bad, why do you have to suffer? (00:39:00) And so we have to deal with that.". And that's your translation in your notes, Tim? A jealous and avenging God is the Lord; 9AM Worship Service: The Most Quoted Verse in the Bible. It's as if what He sees around them is the results of verse 7, right? Nahum 1:2-3 Tim: Yeah, totally. From Conservapedia. (00:29:00) Is that what Exodus 34:7 means? Tim: It is a good one. In part one (0:00–17:15), Tim and Jon introduce Dr. Carissa Quinn, who will join this new series on the Character of God. Jon: So these are coming out in the fall. ", Tim: He's angry that God is this way towards other people that he doesn't like. (00:46:00) So, that usage from Joel gave us people sitting in hardship, but they know that God will be gracious. So when he gets to the first commandments about having no other gods, he inserts a quotation of these lines. (00:54:00) And it's where everything starts to go terribly, terribly wrong. (00:51:00) I don't have to wonder. With this huge number, it just goes to show how well-loved and heartwarming this Bible verse is. This actually, I think, is hugely significant. Tim: Totally. It's really cool stuff. Show produced by Dan Gummel and Camden McAfee. It's a really intense language of divine anger and recompense on one of the great tyrants of the ancient Near East. (NIV) So thank you for being a part of this with us. Jon: Oh, yeah. He's already quoting from the positive half, which is interesting. The recent Phil Robertson Duck Dynasty controversy brought it up again. The most quoted verse is the second greatest commandment: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Perhaps this verse ought to be on our hearts and minds more often. But then there have been other times where one of my sons has come home from a couple hours at a friend's house, just the vibe he's giving off, and the words he's using, and it's like I realize like, "Oh, he was exposed to a different value system just now, and he's treating his brother a lot more poorly now." If all of these verses were to enter a popularity contest, which one would win? Of course, you know which part of the Bible is near and dear to your heart. In Deuteronomy 5, Moses is retelling to the children of the people who rebelled in the wilderness. So God tells him not to pray on behalf of the people. Here is an analysis of the books in the Old Testament that are most often quoted directly in the New Testament: Psalms (quoted 68 times in the New Testament) Isaiah (55 … It's going to be awesome." The Most Quoted Verse in the Bible - Character of God E1. Tim says there are two key differences in this description that are not found in Exodus 34. I don't know. Which is intense. So right now I'm writing some of the upcoming videos like this topic we're talking about today. In this first episode of a new series, Tim, Jon, and Carissa look at the most referenced passages in the Old Testament—a description of God’s character by God himself. So Nahum writes (00:47:00) this poem to talk about how he believes Yahweh is the one behind the downfall of Nineveh. "I am a jealous God." Jon: Today's episode was produced by Dan Gummel, our theme music comes from the band Tents, and our show notes are produced by Camden McAfee. Jon: The Bible is written by many different authors over hundreds of years. Who does God say he is? (00:23:00) Because he knows that at his core, that verse 6 describes some kind of baseline. Thanks for joining us. It's from the repurposing of these words in Jonah. This hasn't happened too much with my kids yet, but I can already start to see as they're in our neighborhood school. Is there any time in the Hebrew Bible where someone intercedes or asks God for something and He doesn't respond with compassion or mercy or lovingkindness? Their own behavior matters for how (00:30:00) God responds to them. He's going to be exposed to something that's going to, I think, chip away his character, and actually make him a less generous person." Jon: In English jealousy and envy become kind of synonymous. Tim: So he doesn't use that word (00:49:00) loyal love because He's never made a covenant promise to Assyria, but he is great and power, which means that he oversees the nations and Assyria's time is up. I wonder if there's some connection (00:48:00) to taking vengeance on those who are oppressing the weaker. We've talked about this before. But I'm sure because it is a really important...I mean, these verses are super important for understanding who Yahweh is because it's all about God revealing Himself and all His goodness to Moses. I want to dig into that more, but I'm just kind of knowing that we will interact, right? And that's what this poem is emphasizing. December 21, 2014 ... John 3:16, failed to make this shared list, it still ranks as the most searched verse on the web. So I'm sure. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city. I know in the Christian tradition, different strands of the tradition—I don't know in Judaism—but the idea of a generational curse, where there can be some kind of divine judgment that lingers over a family so the bad stuff happens to them for generations and so on. 57m, – The Most Quoted Verse in the New Testament - Seedbed Bible study and small group resources for pastors and Weselyan churches. (00:18:00) The Nephilim, they say, are there, the group called the Anakites or the Anakim who are descendants of the Nephilim from the flood story. (00:52:00) I don't know, a public kind of whistleblowing on abuse of power, and angry authority figures, and abuse. (00:40:00) Just you say jealous to mean desire and need to have something that you don't have. Carissa: This one is also quoting directly from Exodus 20, the Ten Commandments. But the whole point of a statement like this is to say, if your crops are going bad, you know why. The Bible's most misinterpreted, misused and misunderstood scripture verse is once again in the forefront of our public discourse. The forgotten chapter of the Bible. But it greatly displeased Jonah and he became angry. Covenant love. Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. He doesn't like the Ninevites so much and he believes in God's character so much that He decides to take off. The Book of Psalms is the most read book of the Bible (Read What is the Most Popular Book in the Bible? That if a nation turns from their evil, then I'll relent. The Most Famous Verse in the Bible. (00:20:00) It's really interesting that he quotes the second half, this part that we think is really more harsh. World's 10 Most Popular Bible Verses of 2014. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness. So we're talking about Exodus 34, and Tim and I are writing videos on some of the words used to describe God there. And that He's going to be like this always for every generation, not like change from generation to generation. Joel 2:13. He's like protecting Himself. Also, with us is Carissa Quinn. But He also wants me to know that (00:35:00) He has a consistency for how He's going to deal with us and that I can know that. Carissa: Yeah. Then what God is doing in Exodus 34 is picking that up and developing it. Hi I’m Support Bot! Jon: Hello, Tim. 1hr 3m, – Though you said Biblical Studies as a whole. So he visits the iniquity on those who hate him but shows lovingkindness to those who love Him. Jon: Yes. In other words, when God says in Deuteronomy 5 "visits the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generations of those who hate me," it's clarifying that what we're talking about is if later generations repeat or persist in the covenant rebellion of their ancestors, they're going to get the same consequence. But what he says is "great in power". If I have bad crops, or all my chickens die in a plague, (00:34:00) which God is punishing me, and for what reason? We're discussing the character of God. Carissa: I was just thinking about that—what quarantine will sound like at that time? So there's not some unpredictability to Him. 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