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The Center of the Bible

What is the shortest chapter in the Bible?
Answer - Psalms 117

What is the longest chapter in the Bible?
Answer - Psalms 119

Which chapter is in the center of the Bible?
Answer - Psalms 118 *

Fact: There are 594 chapters before Psalms 118. Fact: There are 594 chapters after Psalms 118. Add these number of chapters up and you get 1188.

What is the center verse in the Bible?
Answer - Psalms 118:8 *

Does this verse say something significant about God's perfect will for our lives? The next time someone says they would like to find God's perfect will for their lives and that they want to be in the center of His will, just send them to the center of His Word!

"It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man." Psalms 118:8 (NKJV)

Now isn't that odd how this worked out (or was God in the center of it)?



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REFLECTION

Unfortunately not everything stated above is true! Although this same information can to be found in several other locations on the Internet, it errors in stating that Psalm 118 is the center chapter as was pointed out to this editor in an email from an online visitor, and as is detailed below. Actually Psalm 117 is the middle chapter of the Bible! And Psalm 103:1 & 2 are the middle verses! See the proof below. And if you can prove this information to be wrong, but sure and let me know!

The Middle Chapter and Middle Verse
of the Holy Bible

The following analysis was done using the King James Version of the Holy Bible.

Central Chapter in the Holy Bible

  • Psalm 117 is the middle chapter of the Holy Bible.
  • Psalm 117 is the shortest chapter in the Holy Bible.
  • That there are 594 chapters each before and following Psalms 117.
  • The central chapter in the Holy Bible contains only 2 verses:

Central Verse in the Holy Bible

  • The central verses in the Holy Bible are shared by Psalm 103:1 & 2
  • There are 31102 verses in the Holy Bible
  • There are 15550 verses each before and after Psalm 103: 1 & 2

Below follows a table proving that Psalm 117 is the middle chapter of the Holy Bible:

Book

Chapters

Sum Down

Sum Up

Genesis

50

50

1189

Exodus

40

90

1139

Leviticus

27

117

1099

Numbers

36

153

1072

Deuteronomy

34

187

1036

Joshua

24

211

1002

Judges

21

232

978

Ruth

4

236

957

1 Samuel

31

267

953

2 Samuel

24

291

922

1 Kings

22

313

898

2 Kings

25

338

876

1 Chronicles

29

367

851

2 Chronicles

36

403

822

Ezra

10

413

786

Nehemiah

13

426

776

Esther

10

436

763

Job

42

478

753

Psalms 1-116

116

594

711

Psalm 117

1

595

595

Psalms 118-150

33

628

594

Proverbs

31

659

561

Ecclesiastes

12

671

530

Song of Songs

8

679

518

Isaiah

66

745

510

Jeremiah

52

797

444

Lamentations

5

802

392

Ezekiel

48

850

387

Daniel

12

862

339

Hosea

14

876

327

Joel

3

879

313

Amos

9

888

310

Obadiah

1

889

301

Jonah

4

893

300

Micah

7

900

296

Nahum

3

903

289

Habakkuk

3

906

286

Zephaniah

3

909

283

Haggai

2

911

280

Zechariah

14

925

278

Malachi

4

929

264

Matthew

28

957

260

Mark

16

973

232

Luke

24

997

216

John

21

1018

192

Acts

28

1046

171

Romans

16

1062

143

1 Corinthians

16

1078

127

2 Corinthians

13

1091

111

Galatians

6

1097

98

Ephesians

6

1103

92

Philippians

4

1107

86

Colossians

4

1111

82

1 Thessalonians

5

1116

78

2 Thessalonians

3

1119

73

1 Timothy

6

1125

70

2 Timothy

4

1129

64

Titus

3

1132

60

Philemon

1

1133

57

Hebrews

13

1146

56

James

5

1151

43

1 Peter

5

1156

38

2 Peter

3

1159

33

1 John

5

1164

30

2 John

1

1165

25

3 John

1

1166

24

Jude

1

1167

23

Revelations

22

1189

22

The above analysis uses the King James Version of the Holy Bible.

So enjoy the provocative thoughts and benefit from them, but be careful whom you choose to believe ... unless you check out the factual basis for yourself first!

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