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Crowdsourcing the Psalms

Over the past few years with the rise of technology and automation, data mining has become a popular way to analyze information and discover trends which might have otherwise gone unnoticed.

We at Crossway are pleased that so many ESV Bible readers have made ESVBible.org a part of their day as they meditate on the message of God’s Word.

One feature on the site is the ability to highlight a verse if it has a special meaning to you so that you can come back to it later. After looking under the hood to see how people are using this feature, we wanted to highlight some of your highlights, sharing the joy found in God’s Word.

The listing of verses below are our reader’s most frequent highlights from the Psalms (beginning at 300 shared highlights and above)!

If you find this sort of thing helpful or interesting—or are curious about a particular book of the Bible—let us know!


Psalm 1:1-3
Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.

Psalm 4:8
In peace I will both lie down and sleep;
for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.

Psalm 16:11
You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Psalm 19:14
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight,
O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 27:1,4,14
The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?

One thing have I asked of the LORD,
that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
and to inquire in his temple.

Wait for the LORD;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the LORD!

Psalm 37:4
Delight yourself in the LORD,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 46:10
“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”

Psalm 51:17
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Psalm 55:22
Cast your burden on the LORD,
and he will sustain you;
he will never permit
the righteous to be moved.

Psalm 119:11,105
I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.

Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path.

Psalm 127:1
Unless the LORD builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the LORD watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.

Psalm 139:23-24
Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!

August 12, 2011 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Digital News,ESVBible.org,News,Uncategorized | Author: admin @ 8:30 am | (2) Comments »


  1. I am using a macbook and cannot get the highlight tool to work at all–when I highlight a text no box opens with the tools. It used to work fine, but perhaps I have unknowingly made a tweak that caused it to stop functioning. Are there any known issues that would cause it to stop working? I am using a trackpad. thanks.

    Comment by jon — August 15, 2011 @ 1:10 pm

  2. Hi Jon! This is the first we’ve heard of someone having trouble with highlighting on our site. If you’re a user of GreekTools, though, you will need to disable it before highlights will work, although our programmers are working to add our highlights feature to the Greek text at some point in the future. If this doesn’t help, we are happy to troubleshoot your problem if you send us a note at service@crossway.org. Thanks for reaching out! Guy

    Comment by Guy Fain — August 15, 2011 @ 5:14 pm

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