Bible Fun Facts
Number of books in the Bible: 66
Number of Testaments: 2 (Old Testament & New Testament)
Number of books in the Old Testament: 39
Number of books in the New Testament: 27
Verses in the Bible: 31,101
Words in the Bible: 783,137
Letters in the Bible: 3,566,480
Longest word (and name): Mahershalalhashbaz (Isaiah 8:1)
Longest verse: Esther 8:9 (78 words)
Shortest verse: John 11:35 (2 words: “Jesus wept”)
First book: Genesis
Last book: Revelation
Middle books: Micah and Nahum
Middle chapter: Psalm 118
Middle verse: Psalm 118:8
Shortest book (# of words): 3 John, which contains 1 chapter
Shortest chapter (# of words): Psalm 117
Longest book: Psalms (150 chapters)
Longest chapter: Psalm 119 (176 verses)
Number of times the word “God” appears: 3,358
Number of times the word “Lord” appears: 7,736
Number of different authors: ~40
Number of languages the Bible has been translated into: 1,200+
Over 100 million Bibles are sold or given away each year.
The Bible is the best-selling book in history with over 5 billion copies.
The Bible is the #1 stolen book in the world.
The first three words in the Bible are “In the beginning”.
The last word in the Bible is “Amen”.
The oldest man in the Bible was 969 years old when he died and his name was Methuselah.
The strongest man in the Bible was Samson.
The wisest man in the Bible was Solomon.
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These Bible fun facts actually test our knowledge of the Bible. The Bible is a full of hidden treasures. You see, the Bible is not just about information, it’s about transformation. Matthew 13:44 states that the kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. And Proverbs 2:4 states we should seek to understand Bible truths as though we are looking for silver and searching for hidden treasure.
Let us leave you with one final and quite amazing Bible fact which is referred to as “the Middle of the Bible”:
Psalm 118 is the middle chapter of the entire Bible. Psalm 117 is the shortest chapter in the Bible, and Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible. The Scriptures have 594 chapters before Psalm 118, and 594 chapters after Psalm 118. If you add up all the chapters before and after Psalm 118, you get a total of 1188 chapters. Psalm 118:8 is the middle verse of the entire Bible. It goes without saying that this central verse has an important message: “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.”**
** Point to Ponder: Pilots put confidence in their planes. Passengers put their confidence in the pilots and the planes. We also put our confidence in elevators, cars, trains, or buses. Each day we put our trust in something or someone. If you are willing to trust a plane, elevator, or car to get you to your destination, are you willing to trust God to guide you here on earth and to your eternal destination?
Will you go to Heaven when you die? Here’s a quick test:
Q. Have you ever told a lie?
Q. Have you ever stolen anything?
Q. Have you ever used God’s name in vain?
Q. Have you ever lusted over someone?
Q. Have you ever hated someone?
If you have done these things, God sees you as a liar, a thief, a blasphemer, an adulterer-at-heart, and a murderer-at-heart. And this is only 5 of God’s Ten Commandments (a/k/a “God’s Law”). And the Bible warns that on the Day of Judgment, God will punish you in a terrible place called Hell. But, there is “good news”! God is not willing that any should perish. Sinners broke God’s Law, but Jesus paid their fine by shedding His sinless blood on a cross ~2,000 years ago. This means that God can legally dismiss their case (and yours!): “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) Then Jesus rose from the dead, defeating death. Today, repent (turn away from your sins), put your complete trust in Jesus, and confess Jesus as your Lord & Savior… and God will give you eternal life as a free gift.
Contrary to popular belief, being a “good person”, doing “good deeds”, or being “religious” will not get you a ticket to heaven! Many people are hoping God will dismiss their sins because their good deeds outweigh their bad deeds. They further hope that because God is “good” he will let them go unpunished and enter heaven. However, because God is “good” he must by nature punish sinners (i.e., God would not be a good judge if he let criminals go free). The Bible states: “There is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins.” (Ecclesiastes 7:20) The Bible also states: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9) And finally, think about this, if your goodness could save you, Jesus would have died in vain (i.e., for no good reason). The Bible states: “I (Jesus) am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father (God) except through me. (John
14:6) Friends, please don’t “roll-the-dice” and gamble your eternal life on the life-threatening lie that being a “good person” will get you to heaven.
Here is a prayer you can use to receive Jesus Christ as your personal Lord & Savior. It is a suggested prayer – the key is that you are speaking from your heart.
“Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me turn away from sin going forward. I believe that your Son, Jesus Christ, died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus into my heart and I confess him as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank You for sending your Holy Spirit to help me obey you, and to do your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”
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