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Bible Facts and Statistics

Bible Facts and Statistics

‘Gospel according to John showing chapters and verses (King James Version)’

Amazing Bible Facts And Statistics – compiled from various sites and sources


The system of chapters was introduced in A.D. 1238 by Cardinal Hugo de S. Caro, while the verse notations were added in 1551 by Robertus Stephanus, after the advent of printing.

A Bible in the University of Gottingen is written on 2,470 palm leaves.

According to statistics from Wycliffe International, the Society of Gideons, and the International Bible Society, the number of new Bibles that are sold, given away, or otherwise distributed in the United States is about 168,000 per day.

The Bible can be read aloud in 70 hours.

There are 8,674 different Hebrew words in the Bible, 5,624 different Greek words, and 12,143 different English words in the King James Version.

A number of verses in the Bible (KJV) contain all but 1 letter of the alphabet:
Ezra 7:21 contains all but the letter j;
Joshua 7:24, 1 Kings 1:9, 1 Chronicles 12:40, 2 Chronicles 36:10, Ezekiel 28:13, Daniel 4:37, and Haggai 1:1 contain all but q;
2 Kings 16:15 and 1 Chronicles 4:10 contain all but x;
Galatians 1:14 contains all but the letter k.

BIBLE STATISTICS (King James Authorized):

Number of books in the Bible: 66
Chapters: 1,189
Verses: 31,102
Words: 783,137
Letters: 3,116,480
Number of promises given in the Bible: 1,260
Commands: 6,468
Predictions: over 8,000
Fulfilled prophecy: 3,268 verses
Unfulfilled prophecy: 3,140
Number of questions: 3,294
Longest name: Mahershalalhashbaz (Isaiah 8:1)
Longest verse: Esther 8:9 (78 words)
Shortest verse: John 11:35 (2 words: “Jesus wept”). This is the King James Bible. Some Bibles might be Job 3:2 (Job said.) but King James has that as “Job answered” which is longer than Jesus wept.
Middle books: Micah and Nahum
Middle verse: Psalm 103:2-3
Middle chapter: Psalm 117
Shortest chapter (by number of words): Psalm 117 (by number of words)
Longest book: Psalms (150 chapters)
Shortest book (by number of words): 3 John
Longest chapter: Psalm 119 (176 verses)
Number of times the word “God” appears: 4,094
Number of times the word “Lord” appears: 6,781
Number of different authors: 40
Number of languages the Bible has been translated into: over 1,200


Number of books: 39
Chapters: 929
Verses: 23,145
Words: 602,585
Letters: 2,278,100
Middle book: Proverbs
Middle chapter: Job 20
Middle verses: 2 Chronicles 20:17,18
Smallest book: Obadiah
Shortest verse: 1 Chronicles 1:25
Longest verse: Esther 8:9
Longest chapter: Psalms 119
Largest book: Psalms


Number of books: 27
Chapters: 260
Verses: 7,957
Words: 180,552
Letters: 838,380
Middle book: 2 Thessalonians
Middle chapters: Romans 8, 9
Middle verse: Acts 27:17
Smallest book: 3 John
Shortest verse: John 11:35
Longest verse: Revelation 20:4
Longest chapter: Luke 1
Largest book: Luke

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23 comments… add one

  • Alfreda R. Bryant July 18, 2013, 11:13 pm

    I truly enjoy the Bible information .. This is information that I will shear and keep for a life time.

    • david August 11, 2013, 7:31 pm

      Thanks so much for this great bible knowledge and insight. God bless you all richly.

  • Anna Funk August 18, 2013, 2:47 pm

    Can anyone tell me how many PARAGRAPHS there are in the Bible, preferably divided into Old Testament and New Testament statistics. Please email me. Thanks.

    • Margaret Hunter August 18, 2013, 8:24 pm

      Does anyone know the answer to this? First question for me, what is a paragraph in the Bible? How is it different from a verse?

    • chris September 15, 2013, 10:23 am

      why do you want to know?

    • Kayla April 23, 2014, 12:49 pm

      A paragraph is (from the Greek paragraphos, “to write beside” or “written beside”) is a self-contained unit of a discourse in writing dealing with a particular point or idea. A paragraph has 5 types (Br. Anton Heitman). A paragraph consists of one or more sentences.[1][2] Though not required by the syntax of any language, paragraphs are usually an expected part of formal writing, used to organize longer prose.

      I’d say your longest one would be in psalms if it’d be considered that… Or maybe one of the stories in the bible, (Jonah’ and the whale; David and Goliath; Noah’s ark; etc)

  • Levi Lewis September 12, 2013, 7:33 am

    Please give away my KJV bible software for free. It is found on my website given above, or via this skydrive link!162&authkey=LMc4Qv9kBsc%24
    I will provide the “search” activation code.
    Isaiah 52:7

  • Harish sandesh October 26, 2013, 3:40 am

    Thank you so much.. For this bible information. I’m very enjoy this . I will shear my friends. Thank you…

  • Timothy Kipronoh November 3, 2013, 5:33 pm

    I am a Kenya citizen a Christian I would like to more about Jesus son of living God. Thank

  • Monica McCravey November 23, 2013, 1:03 am

    Thanks to the faithful servants who use the internet to reach others for the cause of Christ. I was very touched by the citizen from Kenya. I was just researching times “thanks”, “thanksgiving”, etc. used in the Bible. If the gentleman from Kenya needs help, my husband is a pastor and his e-mail is

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  • Philip Lee June 2, 2014, 12:28 pm

    I am Korean and ,thank God, we have a Korean King James Bible translation. Do you know if there is a Japanese Bible version based on the Textus Receptus like the KJV??

  • dorcas June 20, 2014, 11:08 am

    very good

  • Donna July 27, 2014, 10:58 pm

    I hear different views on prophets; 1. There were only prophets in the Old Testament because they were messengers for God. 2. I’ve heard different people speak saying thus said The Lord, etc. and it was true, they were total strangers. Are there prophets today? If not why do the Bible say he gave some prophets, etc. in Ephesian Also I’d like to know if there are Apostles today? Can a woman be an Apostle?

    • Margaret Hunter July 29, 2014, 8:00 am

      Our site is a Bible history site and we’re not able to answer doctrinal questions. Although comments from other readers are welcome.

  • Bro. Nick August 13, 2014, 5:45 pm

    Thank you so much for the statistical information about the Holy Bible (KJV)
    Do you know of any source(s) that give statistical information of how many words and verses have been deleted from many of the other ‘Bible versions’ – which is in direct violation of –
    Rev 22:18-19; 12:32 | Deut 4:2 | Prov 30:5-6 (KJV)

    Note – In order to be copyrighted, there has to be ‘significant change’ – which means adding to or taking away from the original!
    My understanding is that in the first publication of the NIV that there were +/- 36,000 words deleted.

    • Margaret Hunter August 16, 2014, 3:14 pm

      That I don’t know but it would make an interesting article. Thanks!

  • philip George August 18, 2014, 10:42 am

    You guys are doing wonderful. May God give you more grace.

  • Bro.Samuel Vah August 24, 2014, 3:16 am

    May God bless you now and for ever, for such an important informations about the Holy Bible.I enjoyed it and will continue to enjoy it God bless you.

  • Dilip kumar bhuyan August 31, 2014, 7:12 am

    I’m very poor in English,so please adjust it.
    You have written it that, the middle chapter of the HOLY BIBLE is psalms-117,
    But some says that it is psalms-118.But psalms-117 is accurately true, because I calculated it personally by my mobile phone.So you can also calculate it personally if you are in doubt or confusing today about it by simple calculations.
    thanks for this site.AMEN.

  • Dilip kumar bhuyan August 31, 2014, 7:15 am

    Did you know BIBLE never contradicts itself ?

  • John Cook October 15, 2014, 4:05 pm

    The bible has 3,116,480 letters or characters, telling us what to do with out lives.
    Windows 7 has 23.1GB (23,100,000,000) characters that tell it what to do. (7,412 times more)
    Doesn’t Windows make Bible study look trivial? ;~)