10 Amazing Bible Facts

by David Peach on May 14, 2011 · Print Print · Email Email

The Bible has so many amazing facts. Here is a list of ten of them.

1 – The Writing of the Bible

The Bible was written over a 1600 year period by approximately 40 men. The time of the writing was from 1500 BC to AD 100.

2 – The Divisions of the Bible

While the Bible is 1 book, it contain 66 smaller books. The books of the Old Testament were written before the birth of Jesus Christ and the New Testament covers the life of Christ and beyond.

3 – Chapters and Verses

Each of the books, except 5, are divided into chapters and verses. The 5 which aren’t divided by chapters are Obadiah, Philemon, 2 John, 3 John, and Jude. These are short books which only have verse divisions.

Chapters were introduced to the Bible in 1238 by Cardinal Hugo de S. Caro. Verse divisions were not added until 1551 by Robertus Stephanus.

4 – The Longest and Shortest of the Bible

The longest chapter if the Bible is Psalm 119 with 176 verses. The shortest chapter is Psalm 117 with only 2 verses. Incidentally, the middle chapter of the Bible is Psalm 118. also Psalm 117.

The longest book of the Bible is Psalms with 150 chapters, or psalms. It contains 43,743 words. The shortest book is 3 John with only 1 chapter and 299 words.

The longest verse in the Bible is Esther 8:9 with 90 words. The shortest verse is John 11:35 with only 2 words, “Jesus wept.”

5 – The Bible Claims to be God’s Word

There are many books written about and by various religions. But the Bible is the only one which claims to be the actual words of God. Those who believe the Bible also believe that God inspired various people through the years to write down His actual words for mankind. The Bible says more than 3,000 times “thus saith the Lord.” It claims that the words which follow are quotes from God.

6 – The Bible is Historically Accurate

There were several secular historians who wrote about the events of the New Testament at the same time the Bible was being written. Josephus is the most well-known of them. He was a Jewish historian. Tacitus was a Roman historian who would have no benefit from not telling the truth. Both these men, as well as others, can be used to back up the historical accuracy of the Bible.

There are historical discoveries regularly coming to light that continue to support the accuracy of the Bible. Merrill Unger, who compiled a Bible dictionary wrote, “Old Testament archeology has rediscovered whole nations, resurrected important peoples, and in a most astonishing manner filled in historical gaps, adding immeasurably to the knowledge of Biblical backgrounds.”

7 – The Business of the Bible

There are more than 168,000 Bibles either sold or given away per day in the United States according to the Gideons, Wycliffe International and the International Bible Societies.

Historically it has been said that the Bible is the most sold book of all time. It is regularly on various best seller lists.

The Bible has been translated into more than 1,200 languages.

8 – The Bible Never Contradicts Itself

There are no contradictions in the Bible. Various people claim to find contradictions but they have to take verses out of context to do so. When looking at the Bible as a whole and understanding its teachings there are no contradictions. This is amazing when one considers that the Bible was written over such a long period of time.

9 – The Prophecies of the Bible

There are more than 3,200 verses with fulfilled prophecy either within the Bible itself or since the Bible was written. But there are still more than 3,100 verses with unfulfilled prophecies.

10 – The Writers of the Bible

While there were at least 40 different people who wrote parts of the Bible, some were more prolific than others. The Apostle Paul wrote at least 13 books of the Bible. He may have also been the author of the book of Hebrews. Moses wrote the first 5 books.

The Bible attributes more than 3,000 proverbs to King Solomon. These are not all written in the book of Proverbs. However, most of that book is said to be the proverbs of Solomon.

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Joana Gutierrez August 1, 2013 at 4:51 am

Which Chapters in the Bible exactly the same
Some chapters word for word the same.
Which are they?

It was on July 10, 2012 These bible chapters was revealed to me by the Holy Spirit

The Lord’s Covenant Promise to David
2 Samuel 7 = 1 Chronicles 17

David’s Military Victories
2 Samuel 8 = 1 Chronicles 18

David Defeats the Ammonites
2 Samuel 10 = 1 Chronicles 19

David’s Mightiest Warriors & David’s Thirty Mighty Men
2 Samuel 23 = 1 Chronicles 11

Hezekiah seeks the Lord’s help
2 Kings 19 = Isaiah 37

Hezekiah’s sickness and recovery
2 Kings 20 = Isaiah 38

Envoys from Babylon
2 King 20 = isaiah 39

God is so gracious to me! -Joana-

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Bobby August 6, 2013 at 8:25 am

* All the wisdom in the world is in it.
* It’s the most owned item in all the world.
* Many people have died because they own it.
* It has the answers of the our future in it.
* It has information on how to communicate with the creator of the whole universe and the atoms & molecules that all matter consist of.
* It has information about our life after death.
* Many, many people have tried to learn it and interpret it for thousands of years.
* Most (if not all) country wars happen because of the information that is in it.
* It is the oldest active item in the whole world.
* It’s predictions have already come true and are yet to happen.
* It’s the Bible with the Old and New Testament and I’m gonna learn as much as I can about it today (if not sooner).

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Bode Modupe August 12, 2013 at 1:38 pm

I love this and wish to ask your permission to paste this on my wall on ‘Face Book’ and credit it to you. God bless you.

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Bobby August 15, 2013 at 9:26 pm

Yes, Please post it. That will be wonderful. I hope every body will see it so they will desire to learn of God’s word.

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Gregory April 2, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Amen. I was reading your post and thought it was pretty awesome! Then I realized it was posted on the day that I died, and brought back to life. My name is Greg Archer, and you can see my story on Fox News; however they don’t talk about every miracle that happened (limited air time :( ) it’s still a great testimate.

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David Stephenson August 12, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Am I right in stating that there are 594 chapters before Psalm 118; and 594 chapters after? If you add these two figures together you get 1188. Psalm 118 verse 8 is the middle verse of the Bible and speaks about putting one’s trust in God rather than man.

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TheSparrow August 12, 2013 at 3:35 pm

This is not correct David =) the middle chapter in the Bible is also 117. I have personally counted the chapters myself, and if you doubt it you can always count them too, it does take a little while though. God bless.

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suzy wedemire August 15, 2013 at 7:53 pm

In the bible the word Lord is found 1,853 times and Jehovah 6,855. In Esther in chapter 8 the 9th verse is the longest in the Bible. In John in chapter 11 the 35th verse is the shortest. In the 107th Psalm these four verses are alike the 8th,15th,21st,& the 31st saying “Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!” Each verse of Psalm 136 ends alike with “For His mercy endures forever. No names or words with more than 6 syllables are found in the Bible. The word girl occurs but once in the Bible in Joel chapter 3 verse 3. There are found in both testaments of the Bible 3,586,483 letters, 773,693 words, 31,373 verses, 1,189 chapters and 66 books. In Isaiah chapter 60 verse 1 is for the new convert. All who flatter themselves with vain boasting of their perfectness should read Matthew chapter 6. All humanity should learn Luke chapter 6 verse 20 to it’s ending in verse 49. The four most inspiring promises in the Bible are John chapter 14 verse 2, John chapter 6 verse 37, Matthew chapter 11 verse 28, and Psalm 37 verse 4. The most beautiful chapter in the Bible is the 23rd Psalm. The 26 chapter of Acts is the finest chapter to read. In Isaiah chapter 37 & in 2nd Kings chapter 19 they are alike to the word.

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Philip Pederson August 18, 2013 at 11:40 am

To make a point, I have commented in a poem that none of the 40 authors use the word “yesterday” in either old or new testaments. Is this correct? I cannot find in any glossary or
bible dictionary.

Please advise, thanks and God bless.

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Jack Wellman August 18, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Thank you Mr. Pederson for your comment and question. Hebrews 13:8 says that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Does this help sir? I pray it does.

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Nathan October 9, 2013 at 5:47 pm

In terms of prolific writing in the Bible it is possible that Ezra contributed as much text to the canon as the Apostle Paul.

We do not know exactly who wrote the Chronicles, but these two large books were written in the post exile period and they ‘Chronicle’ the events of the kingdoms showing God’s enduring love throughout this dark period in Israel’s history.

It is known that Ezra was a very important leader and writer at this time, and it is quite possible that he may have personally written 1st and 2nd Chronicles…. in addition to the books of Ezra and Nehemiah.

If he indeed wrote all of these texts then he has contributed more verses to the Bible than what is found in the 13 epistles attributed to St. Paul.

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Brad October 21, 2013 at 8:24 pm

David,

You are correct that Psalm 118 is the middle chapter. No need to count, simple mathematics will take care of it like you did. Another interesting fact is that the middle verse is v.8 and the middle two words are”The Lord”…I find that pretty special that the middle words of the entire Bible are…”The Lord!” I, for one, don’t believe that is coincidental.

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TheSparrow October 22, 2013 at 12:28 am

Brad,

Simple mathematics will show you that the middle chapter in the Bible is 117. I have personally counted all the chapters myself because I wanted to be sure during an in depth project I was working on awhile back. God bless.

Read more: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/10-amazing-bible-facts/#ixzz2iQRnyJa3

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Sheldon March 24, 2014 at 2:41 pm

Can you please show me your count of the chapters in the bible then to see which book you think has less?

I also agree that 118 is the middle chapter.

Cheers,
Sheldon.

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arun thomas November 25, 2013 at 6:53 am

you missed one
the only domestic animal that is not mentioned in the bible is cat

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Barnabas Sprinkle January 13, 2014 at 3:53 pm

On the middle verse, I have read repeatedly (but not counted myself) that Ps 117 is the central chapter (equal number of chapters before and after), while Ps 118:8 is the center verse (equal number of verses before and after). Whoever counted has my thanks!

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B D Cooper January 29, 2014 at 5:23 pm

The bible states that there are Many mysteries in the Bible.Which ,once you are taught how to decipher them..
You will begin to gain WISDOM.it worked for me..
Read Luke-8:10.ill will be glad to show you how its done..
Shalom:

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Matthew March 23, 2014 at 11:14 pm

A common mistake but “Jesus wept.” is not the shortest verse. Job 3:2 is “He said:” making it shorter with only 6 letters instead of 9

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Sheldon March 24, 2014 at 2:43 pm

In two translations I found had just “He said”, but if you look at the majority of translations they are actually four to five words, where the majority of translations all translate just “Jesus wept” so “Jesus Wept” is still the most consistent verse to be the shortest verse in the bible.

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Sheila Beers May 17, 2014 at 5:52 pm

I have put a short, printed version of “Facts About the Bible” inside the cards I give to the local high school graduates each year. Several young people have said they appreciated receiving such a card.

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donald v. brillo July 28, 2014 at 7:06 am

indeed psa 118:8 is the middle verse, is it true there are 594 chapters before and after that. i wonder why psa 117 is the middle chapter. if you know please answer me

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Ashley Clark August 1, 2014 at 10:50 pm

So Just going to throw this out there after reading all of your comments… First off it does not matter where the middle of the Bible is nor does it matter to your salvation what is the shortest verse. The point is “holy men moved by the spirit of God” wrote this book. The book that not only teaches us the steps of salvation and life everlasting but also the book on how to deal with our fellow men. Dont get caught up in trivial things that do not matter. :)

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Sandy Floyd August 4, 2014 at 12:25 pm

I was taught as a child a simple way to remember how many books were in each testament (old and new). In the old is 39 books. If you multiply 3×9 (# 39) the answer is 27 which is the number of books in the new testament.

I have never forgotten this. Thanks Mom!

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Tania Grobler August 9, 2014 at 4:10 am

The Bible was the first book ever printed. It was preservered although it was commissioned to be completely destroyed. It is the top seller book of all times. Its the Book translated to the most languages. Its the most printed book ever. Why…?

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Jack Wellman August 9, 2014 at 10:50 am

Thank you Tania…I believe it is because God’s Word cannot be stopped as He said His Word has power to accomplish what He wills it to do (Isaiah 55:11). Does that make sense? Thank you for your comment.

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Eugene Crawford August 27, 2014 at 10:13 pm

Facts!> Jesus Christ never left tithing to a hireling , never !
Fact!>The year 2014 and tithing is still a mystery ?? The truth, what’s that?
Fact!>Only those that refuse to study, become fools.. 2Tm:2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. How are we approved of God? Huh? Right ! Be approved , study !
Fact! For your study.. Stay sharp ! We have been misinformed or lied to for 2000 years !
Fact! ..A hireling is a minister or a so called church organization that takes tithes from their followers for a paycheck !
Fact! The tithing law mentioned seven times in Heb Seven chapter five, the reason for the chapter shows us that tithing law/ordinance was removed in verses 12 and 18..
Fact!> The real correct study is knowing “The law” mentioned was “an ordinance” of Num 18:
Fact !>Their were many Old testament laws/ordinances that were removed by “Christ’s death” at the cross.. Eph:2:15: Having “abolished in his flesh” the enmity, (opposition to) even the law of commandments=commands contained “in ordinances”; (Those!) for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
Fact!>Old testament ordinances were abolished.! Col:2:14 “Blotting out” the “handwriting of ordinances” that was against us, which was contrary to us, and “took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross”;
Fact!>One of those was the tithing ordinance set up in Num 18: of the old testament !
Fact! The apostle Paul asks this question .. Col:2:20: Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye “subject to ordinances”, ?
Fact! There is curse for that ! Gal 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law(old testament ordinances!), being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree/cross..
Fact! This is what happens when a group of followers listen to a hireling (One who is paid for by the tithing of the people !) in times of trouble !
Fact! (When Christians are in trouble !) Words of Jesus Christ ! Jn:10:13 “The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep” Jn:10:12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.
Fact!Jn:10:13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and “careth not for the sheep”…
Facts shown By “Eugene’s Biblical Research Dept” ..

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Bobby Clements August 28, 2014 at 7:19 pm

But friend,

* A hireling is a person who works only for pay, especially in a menial or boring job, with little or no concern for the value of the work.
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* A Pastor is a minister or priest in charge of a church.
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* I think that Ephesians 4:11-12 provides some information about hirelings and shepherds. These verses tell us that the goal of church leadership should be the “equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”
If a pastor is seeking to control the congregation, if he is the center of all the activity, if he maintains his place in the spot light, you might find that he is a hireling and not a shepherd.
On the other hand, a shepherd will be seeking to develop the gifts in his congregation, he will be feeding them from Scripture, he will focus on equipping the congregation to fulfill the mission of the church. He will then turn them loose to do the work of ministry. His focus is on the sheep and their development, not on his own position as leader.
In the end, it comes down to motivation. If you are a sheep, ask yourself if your pastor is working for the benefit of the congregation. If the answer is no, then move on and find a true shepherd. Staying under the leadership of a hireling will not be to your benefit.
If you are a pastor, ask yourself the same question. If you are pastoring primarily because you need a job, save all of us a lot of grief and go get a job outside the church. You’ll probably make more money and the collateral spiritual damage will be greatly reduced.
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* A tithe is to pay or give a tenth part of, especially for the support of the church.
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* Tithing in Bible times and today?
What happens when the Christians in the church stop paying their tithes?
The church would have to close its doors and go bankrupt because the tithes also pay the for the church Power, Water, Real estate, Insurance, & all the other needs to function.
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* Because I am a Christian, I always gladly pay my tithes to my church.
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* Therefore not to tithe breaks the 1st Commandment and that makes it a sin.
(Mark 12:30 says) ” And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”
(Romans 6:15 says) “What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.”

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Eugene Crawford August 28, 2014 at 9:09 pm

Facts!> Jesus Christ never left tithing to anyone , never !
Fact! Jesus Christ;s words ! Jn:10:12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. Jn:10:13 “The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep”
Fact!>The year 2014 and tithing is still a mystery ?? The truth, what’s that?
Fact!>Only those that refuse to study, become fools.. 2Tm:2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. How are we approved of God? Huh? Right ! Be approved , study !
Fact! For your study.. Stay sharp ! We have been misinformed or lied to for 2000 years !
Fact! ..A hireling is a minister or a so called church organization that takes tithes from their followers for a paycheck !
Fact! The tithing law mentioned seven times in Heb 7:5 , the reason for the chapter shows us that tithing law/ordinance was removed in verses 12 and 18..
Fact!> The real correct study is knowing “The law” mentioned was “the original ordinance/law of tithing” of Num 18:8
Fact !>Their were many Old testament laws/ordinances that were removed by “Christ’s death” at the cross.. Eph:2:15: Having “abolished in his flesh” the enmity, (opposition to) even the law of commandments=commands contained “in ordinances”; (Those!) for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
Fact!>Old testament Mosaic ordinances were abolished.! Col:2:14 “Blotting out” the “handwriting of ordinances” that was against us, which was contrary to us, and “took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross”; GONE!
Fact!> One of those was the tithing ordinance set up in Num 18:8 of the old testament !
Fact! The apostle Paul asks this question .. Col:2:20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye “subject to ordinances”, ? Beware of those playing a game with the words..
Fact! There is curse for keeping the ordinance of tithing ! Gal 3:13 Christ hath “redeemed us” from the curse of the law (old testament ordinances!), being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree/cross.. To resurrect that curse is not to smart !? ..Fact ! >Again, His words, this is what happens when a group of followers listen to a hireling (One who is paid for by the tithing of the people !) in times of trouble !
Fact! (When Christians are in trouble !) Words of Jesus Christ ! Jn:10:13 “The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep” Jn:10:12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.
Fact!Jn:10:13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and “careth not for the sheep”…
Facts shown By “Eugene’s Biblical Research Dept” ..

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Bobby Clements August 29, 2014 at 7:53 pm

Hmm, very interesting, what church can function without money to pay its bills? The government surely will not pay them. Is it expected that the Pastor preaches for free year after year, while whoever pays his bills at his house?

OK people, I will continue to tithe but I don’t want to look like the Pharisee to you.

Luke Chapter 18:10-14 (KJV)

“10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.

11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.

12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.

13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”

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Christianholyland September 15, 2014 at 9:11 am

what worries me a bit is the fact that there are verses, words, names and quotes which have totally different or entirely unique meaning in Hebrew rather than Verses in English.
It makes me realize that some people cant truly & deeply understand what they read. Take Moses name for instance: most English readers do not know that Moshe (in Hebrew) refers to “I drew him (masha) out of the water” its just sad that the book of all books may be interpreted in wrong ways

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Eugene Crawford September 15, 2014 at 10:48 am

It is what it us and we cannot interporet as we have erred in the past,, It’s the procedd wher the biblical truthes have been destroyed ! 2Pt:1:20: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private(=one’s own opinion or idea!) interpretation. Few know this and few care to know it as it is not convenient reading for those that have swolloed the past lie, errors, or mislead..

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