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Curious Dissections of the Old and New Testaments

New Testament

In the Old Testament.   In the New Testament. Total.
Books 39   Books 27 66
Chapters 929   Chapters 260 1,189
Verses 23,814   Verses 7,959 81,178
Words 692,489   Words 281,258 773,697
Letters 2,728,100   Letters 838,880 3,566,480

Apocrypha—chapters, 183; verses, 6,081; words, 152,185.

The middle chapter and the least in the Bible is Psalm cxvii.

The middle verse is the 8th of Psalm cxviii.

The middle line is in 16th verse, 4th chapter, 2 Chronicles. The word and occurs in the Old Testament 35,543 times; in the New Testament, 10,684 times.

The word Jehovah occurs 6,855 times.


The middle book is Proverbs.

The middle chapter is Job xxix.

The middle verse would be in the 2d of Chronicles, 20th chapter, between the 17th and 18th verses.

The least verse is the 1st of Chronicles, 1st chapter, and 1st verse.


The middle book is 2 Thessalonians.

The middle chapter is between the 13th and 14th of Romans.

The middle verse is the 17th of Acts xvii.

The shortest verse is the 35th of John xi.

The 21st verse of the 7th chapter of Ezra contains all the letters of the alphabet.

The 19th chapter of 2 Kings, and the 37th of Isaiah, are alike.

It is stated that the above calculation took three years to complete.

Note: The above is taken from Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889.




Joy of the desolate, light of the straying,
Hope when all others die, fadeless and pure;
Here speaks the Comforter, in God’s name saying,
“Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot cure.”

--Thomas Moore