How many chapters, verses, and words are found 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 in the Bible is Psalm 119, and the middle and shortest chapter is Psalm 117. The middle chapter of the Old Testament is 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.

One of the greatest miracles of the Bible is its unity. The Bible contains 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). 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).

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In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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