How many chapters are there in the Bible?


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Many have wondered how many chapters 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

Bible Facts on Chapters

There are also some fun facts about the Bible. The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119, which contains 176 verses!  Also, the shortest chapter is Psalm 117 with only 2. This chapter is also the chapter in the very middle of the Bible.

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 verse in the middle of the Bible is Psalm 118:8. This 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.”

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. 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.

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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