Bible Question:

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

Bible Answer:

You will soon discover how many chapters verses and words are in the Bible. But first, it is important to know that the number of chapters, verses and words in the Old Testament, New Testament and the entire Bible depends upon the Bible version!  The number of books and chapters in most Protestant Bibles will be the same. How many books are there in the Bible? The answer is thirty-nine books in the Old Testament and twenty-nine books in the New Testament. How many chapters are there in the Bible? The answer is given in the chart below. But each Bible will have a different number of verses and words as the translators try to accurately communicate the sense of the original Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. The differences should be small.

Comparison of King James Bible and Other Bibles

For example, the King James Bible, New International Version Bible (NIV) and the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) have only fourteen verses in 3 John. But the New American Standard Bible (NASB), the NET Bible, The New Living Translation (NLT) and the New Century Bible have fifteen verses—one more verse. The number of words in each Bible will be significantly different. The number of words in the Greek New Testament are also provided in a link below.

Therefore, the information provided in the chart below is for the chapters, verses and words in the New American Standard Bible (NASB). In the Suggested Links section below, you can download a PDF of all the chapters and verses of the Bible.

Chapters, Verses and Words In The Bible

Bible Statistics
BibleChaptersVersesWords
OLD TESTAMENT92923,145622,771
NEW TESTAMENT2607,958184,590
ENTIRE BIBLE1,18931,103807,361

 

Old Testament Chapters and Verses

The number of chapters and verses in the Old Testament are as follows:

Old Testament Statistics
OLD TESTAMENTCHAPTERSVerses
Genesis501533
Exodus401213
Leviticus27859
Numbers361288
Deuteronomy34959
Joshua24658
Judges21618
Ruth485
1 Samuel31810
2 Samuel24695
1 Kings22816
2 Kings25719
1 Chronicles29942
2 Chronicles36822
Ezra10280
Nehemiah13406
Esther10167
Job421070
Psalms1502461
Proverbs31915
Ecclesiastes12222
Song of Solomon8117
Isaiah661292
Jeremiah521364
Lamentations5154
Ezekiel481273
Daniel12357
Hosea14197
Joel373
Amos9146
Obadiah121
Jonah448
Micah7105
Nahum347
Habakkuk356
Zephaniah353
Haggai238
Zechariah14211
Malachi455

 

New Testament Chapters and Verses

The number of chapters and verses in the New Testament are as follows:

New Testament Statistics
NEW TESTAMENTCHAPTERSVerses
Matthew281071
Mark16678
Luke241151
John21879
Acts281007
Romans16433
1 Corinthians16437
2 Corinthians13257
Galatians6149
Ephesians6155
Philippians4104
Colossians495
1 Thessalonians589
2 Thessalonians347
1 Timothy6113
2 Timothy483
Titus346
Philemon125
Hebrews13303
James5108
1 Peter5105
2 Peter361
1 John5105
2 John113
3 John115*
Jude125
Revelation22404

*Note the number of verses in 3 John will vary with the Bible version (please see the introductory comments).

Conclusion:

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.[1]

Psalm 119 is an acrostic Psalm with 22 sections with eight lines. Each of the eight lines in each section starts with a Hebrew letter in the alphabet. The entire Hebrew alphabet outlines the chapter.[2]

Is it not amazing that God used about 40 authors to write the Bible, and yet the flow of the Bible is consistent and unchanged? It all points to Jesus Christ. The prophecies point to Him. The miracles He performed remind us that He is God. His teachings were amazing, and His control of nature was real. The entire Bible is about Him. It is about our God.

References:

1. The Open Bible. New American Standard Bible. Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1977. p. 1227.
2. Menahem Mansoor. Biblical Hebrew. Baker Book House. 1980. vol. 1. pp. 13-14.

Suggested Links:

How many words are in the Greek New Testament?
Chapters and Verses of the Bible - PDF