How many chapters, verses, and words are in the Bible?

Based on the King James Authorized version, the following table delineates how many chapters, verses, and words there are in the Bible:

Books Chapters Verses Words
Old Testament 929 23,145 602,585
New Testament 260 7,957 180,552
Whole Bible 1,189 31,102 783,137

The longest chapter is found in Psalm 119, and the middle and shortest chapter is Psalm 117. 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. The middle verse of the Bible is Psalm 118:8. The middle verse of the Old Testament is 2 Chronicles 20:17, and the middle verse of the New Testament is Acts 17:17.

The Miracle

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 (kings, shepherds, scientists, attorneys, army generals, fishermen, priests, and a physician), over a period of about 1,500 years, on the most controversial topics, and by people who, in most cases, had never met. Yet, in all that, these 66 book have complete harmony with one another and reads as if it was written by one mind. 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 or destroy and dishonor the Bible, but 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) and we will continue to discover His truth in the Bible.

Please check out our Bible Answers page to discover more of what the Bible has to say about various topics.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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