Interesting Facts About The Bible

One way to increase your comprehension of the Bible and its message is to learn a few interesting facts about the Bible. This can help you to get a better overall picture of the Good Book itself so that when you are reading it, things make more sense. Following are just a few of many facts about the Bible.

Total books in Bible: 66; 39 in OT and 27 in NT

Total chapters in Bible: 1,189

Total verses in Bible: >31,000 (exact number varies between translations)

Total word count: >773,000 (exact number varies between translations)

Shortest verse: John 11:35
This is commonly known as the shortest verse in the Bible: "Jesus wept." (John 11:35 WEB). In the NIV, Job 3:2 is translated as "He said," which would make that the shortest verse in the Bible in the NIV translation. However, the original Hebrew text recorded as Job 3:2 can be more literally translated something like, "And Job spoke, and said."

Longest verse: Esther 8:9
"Then the king’s scribes were called at that time, in the third month Sivan, on the twenty-third day of the month; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded to the Jews, and to the satraps, and the governors and princes of the provinces which are from India to Ethiopia, one hundred twenty-seven provinces, to every province according to its writing, and to every people in their language, and to the Jews in their writing, and in their language." (WEB)

Longest chapter in the Bible: Psalm 119
I won't quote that entire chapter here since it is very long, but you can read Psalm 119 here, if you would like. This chapter is divided into sections, with each section being represented by the characters of the Hebrew alphabet (aleph, bet, gimel, etc.).

In addition to these interesting facts about the Bible, you can also read about these interesting facts in the Bible itself.
About The AuthorJonathan Hostetler lives in southern Pennsylvania. He grew up in a strong Christian family, dedicated his life completely to Jesus at the age of 9, experienced a spiritual breakthrough at the age of 15, and is now in his mid twenties, joyfully serving Yahweh and sharing Yahweh's message of salvation and hope both on the internet and in person.
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