Many of us have read parts of the Bible, or have at least navigated through its many books, chapters, and verses. At some point while going through the pages, one must wonder how many chapters does the Bible have? For the most part, all Bibles have the same number of books, though some include additional books (see the apocrypha). But, across all books there is a fixed number of chapters, though some new translations have less or missing chapters.
For this answer, we will discuss the King James Version (see Which Bible Version is the most reliable?)
It’s important to note that the Bible was not originally divided by chapters and verses. This is something that was done later in the mid-16th century.
How many chapters in the Bible?
In the King James Version (KJV) there are 1,189 chapters in the Bible, with 929 chapters in the Old Testament and 260 in the New Testament. The Bible is also divided into 31,102 verses, with 23,145 verses in the Old Testament and 2,957 in the New Testament. All together the Bible has more than 3 quarters of a million words – 783,137 words to be exact, with 602,585 in the Old Testament and 180,552 in the New Testament.
- The book with the most chapter is Psalms at 150 chapters, followed by Isaiah at 66 chapters
- The shortest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 117 with only 2 verses which would also place it as the middle chapter of the Bible
- The longest chapter in the Bible is 2 chapters later in Psalm 119, with 176 verses
- If we divide the Old Testament in two, we see the middle chapter being Job 29 and the middle chapter of the New Testament is Romans 13
- Five books of the Bible just have 1 chapter, including Obadiah, Philemon, 2 John, 3 John, and Jude
- The most chapters in the New Testament books would go to Matthew and Acts – both at 28
- The verse in the middle of the Bible is Psalm 118:8, which interestingly enough states;
“It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.”
- The verse in the middle of the Old Testament is 2 Chronicles 20:17. This verse says:
“Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you.”
- Finally, the verse in the middle of the New Testament is Acts 17:17. This verse says:
“Therefore disputed he [Paul] in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him.”
One of the greatest miracles we see today is the Bible’s unity. There are 66 books that were written on three continents, in three languages, by 40 different people. These people consisted of kings, shepherds, scientists, attorneys, army generals, fishermen, priests, and a physician. Even more, this occurred over a period of about 1,500 years. It is written on the most controversial topics and by people who, in most cases, had never met each other. Yet, despite in all this, these 66 book are in complete harmony with one another and reads as if it was written by one mind. Therefore, this can only further indicate its divine origin. For, “Holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21). In the Bible, we find total unity between its authors, as the Holy Spirit “moved” them all.
People and nations have tried to burn, ban, discredit or destroy the Bible. However, they destroyed themselves instead. Long after such people passed away, the Bible remains as the bestseller of all time and in constant demand because its message is God-given. “…The word of the Lord endures forever…” (1 Peter 1:25). Thus, we will continue to discover truth in the Bible for all time.
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In His service,