Bible Statistics

Books Chapters Verses
Genesis 50 1533
Exodus 40 1213
Leviticus 27 859
Numbers 36 1288
Deuteronomy 34 959
Joshua 24 658
Judges 21 618
Ruth 4 85
1 Samuel 31 810
2 Samuel 24 695
1 Kings 22 816
2 Kings 25 719
1 Chronicles 29 942
2 Chronicles 36 822
Ezra 10 280
Nehemiah 13 406
Esther 10 167
Job 42 1070
Psalms 150 2461
Proverbs 31 915
Ecclesiastes 12 222
Song of Songs (Solomon) 8 117
Isaiah 66 1292
Jeremiah 52 1364
Lamentations 5 154
Ezekiel 48 1273
Daniel 12 357
Hosea 14 197
Joel 3 73
Amos 9 146
Obadiah 1 21
Jonah 4 48
Micah 7 105
Nahum 3 47
Habakkuk 3 56
Zephaniah 3 53
Haggai 2 38
Zechariah 14 211
Malachi 4 55
Matthew 28 1071
Mark 16 678
Luke 24 1151
John 21 879
Acts 28 1007
Romans 16 433
1 Corinthians 16 437
2 Corinthians 13 257
Galatians 6 149
Ephesians 6 155
Philippians 4 104
Colossians 4 95
1 Thessalonians 5 89
2 Thessalonians 3 47
1 Timothy 6 113
2 Timothy 4 83
Titus 3 46
Philemon 1 25
Hebrews 13 303
James 5 108
1 Peter 5 105
2 Peter 3 61
1 John 5 105
2 John 1 13
3 John 1 14
Jude 1 25
Revelation 22 404
Books Chapters Verses
Old Testament (39 books) 929 23145
New Testament (27) 260 7957
Total (66) 1189 31102

Other statistics

Shortest chapter Psalm 117 (2 verses)
Longest chapter Psalm 119
Middle chapter Psalm 117 (the 595th chapter)
Shortest verse John 11:35 - "Jesus wept."
Longest verse Esther 8:9
Middle verse Psalm 103:1 (the 15551st verse)
"Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name."
Longest word Mahershalalhashbaz (Isaiah 8:3)

Chapter and verse counts taken from Quick Verse Bible software.

Why do so many other places say that Psalm 118:8 is the center verse in the Bible?

The 118:8 "center" comes from someone incorrectly identifying 118 as the center chapter and then asserting that verse 8 as the center verse of the center chapter. However, on the first point, it is easy to see that someone miscounted. 117 is actually the center chapter in the Bible. Secondly, 118 has 29 verses, making 8 the incorrect "center of the center."

There are two reasons why these incorrect numbers are so widely reported. One is that an e-mail with this information became widely distributed a long time ago, in a way that is similar to how virus hoaxes are perpetuated (i.e., "pass this along to everyone you know"). It has been shown repeatedly that people will forward information without verifying its validity. The second reason is that other "statistics" were included in the e-mail, supposedly showing a general pattern of "1188" comes through counting chapters. The claim is that this pattern shows the "perfection" of the Bible. Unfortunately, all of this is based on faulty math!

Perhaps it is ironic that 118:8 speaks to trusting God rather than man. We can only guess about the person who sent the original message. If someone attempted to "prove" the validity of Scripture through numerology, they only proved this verse by coming up with the wrong answer through human error. Of course, the correct proof of Scripture is in the historical facts, the present changed lives, and the future fulfillment of the remainder of prophecy, not the supposed symmetry of Scripture. Such faulty logic is further compounded by remembering that the original text did not have chapters or verses. On the other hand, if the person was malicious, they probably set out to "prove" that Christians are gullible. I doubt that Christians are any more gullible than anyone else, but perhaps it shows that we are not as careful with information about our most important book as we could be. It might also show that we focus too much on trivial information.

Hope that helps! - John