Below are charts of the top ten most frequently quoted verses in Chronicling America by decade. (Keep in mind that the 1840s and 1920s have many fewer pages than the other decades.)

Most quoted verses in the 1840s
Rank Count Reference Text
1 98 1 Thessalonians 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
2 92 Matthew 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
3 85 Luke 18:16 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
4 83 Matthew 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
5 73 Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
6 69 Matthew 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
7 59 Matthew 19:6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
8 53 Colossians 2:21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
9 49 Luke 6:31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
10 45 Exodus 20:13 Thou shalt not kill.
Most quoted verses in the 1850s
Rank Count Reference Text
1 365 Luke 18:16 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
2 206 Matthew 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
3 194 Matthew 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
4 152 Luke 6:31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
5 136 Matthew 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
6 136 Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
7 124 Colossians 2:21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
8 123 Matthew 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.
9 116 Luke 11:26 Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.
10 116 Matthew 12:45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.
Most quoted verses in the 1860s
Rank Count Reference Text
1 461 Luke 18:16 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
2 204 Matthew 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
3 195 Acts 17:26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
4 188 Matthew 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
5 183 Matthew 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.
6 149 Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
7 149 Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
8 137 Luke 11:3 Give us day by day our daily bread.
9 129 1 Thessalonians 4:4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;
10 126 Matthew 12:25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
Most quoted verses in the 1870s
Rank Count Reference Text
1 482 Luke 18:16 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
2 480 Proverbs 31:12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
3 373 Matthew 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
4 297 1 Thessalonians 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
5 292 Matthew 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
6 265 Matthew 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.
7 246 Exodus 20:15 Thou shalt not steal.
8 205 Colossians 2:21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
9 197 Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
10 195 Acts 20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Most quoted verses in the 1880s
Rank Count Reference Text
1 637 Luke 18:16 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
2 630 Matthew 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
3 615 1 Thessalonians 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
4 353 Matthew 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.
5 341 Matthew 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
6 328 Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
7 318 Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
8 301 Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
9 283 Exodus 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
10 273 Luke 11:3 Give us day by day our daily bread.
Most quoted verses in the 1890s
Rank Count Reference Text
1 866 Matthew 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
2 788 Luke 18:16 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
3 744 Exodus 20:15 Thou shalt not steal.
4 569 Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
5 550 Matthew 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
6 547 Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
7 493 1 Thessalonians 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
8 483 Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
9 471 2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
10 463 Revelation 7:17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
Most quoted verses in the 1900s
Rank Count Reference Text
1 1125 Luke 18:16 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
2 1000 Matthew 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
3 862 Exodus 20:15 Thou shalt not steal.
4 820 Matthew 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
5 761 Acts 20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
6 645 Exodus 20:13 Thou shalt not kill.
7 505 John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
8 479 Matthew 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
9 478 Matthew 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.
10 467 Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Most quoted verses in the 1910s
Rank Count Reference Text
1 1308 Exodus 20:15 Thou shalt not steal.
2 1003 Exodus 20:13 Thou shalt not kill.
3 869 Luke 18:16 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
4 860 Matthew 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
5 773 Matthew 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
6 732 Acts 20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
7 711 John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
8 697 John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
9 562 Matthew 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
10 544 Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Most quoted verses in the 1920s
Rank Count Reference Text
1 194 Luke 18:16 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
2 184 Exodus 20:13 Thou shalt not kill.
3 174 Matthew 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
4 173 John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
5 173 Matthew 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
6 172 John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
7 167 Exodus 20:15 Thou shalt not steal.
8 167 Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
9 162 Matthew 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
10 161 Acts 20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.