Not the Center Verse of the Bible:
Note: the following is an "Urban Legend." It is Not true:
Q. What is the shortest Chapter in the Bible?
A. Psalm 117
Q. What is the longest Chapter in the Bible?
A. Psalm 119
Q. Which Chapter is in the exact center of the Bible?
A. Psalm 118
Fact: There are 594 Chapters before Psalm 118. (Not true.)
Fact: There are 594 Chapters after Psalm 118. (Not true.)
...Add these Chapters together and the total is: 1188.
Q. What is the Center Verse in the Bible?
A. Psalm 118:8 (Psalm 118:8 is Not the "Center Verse" of the Bible.)
Q. Does this Verse say something significant about God's Perfect Will for our lives?
A. The next time someone says they would like to find God's Perfect Will for their life, and that they want to be in the Center of His Will...just send them to Psalm 118:8!
"It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man."
Note: the actual Chapter count totals are:
Total: 593 Chapters
Note: As you can see, Psalm 118 is therefore not the center chapter of the Bible. There are 594 chapters up to (and including) Psalm 116, and 594 Chapters from 118 on (including Psalm 118).
This makes Psalm 117, (not Psalm 118) the center chapter of the Bible.
Psalm 117 is the shortest Psalm. It has only two verses, and therefore no "center" verse. ___________________________________
1. O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him all ye people.
2. For his merciful kindness is great toward us, and the truth of the Lord endureth forever. Praise ye the Lord.
There is in fact No Center Verse of the Bible---the KJV Bible has an Even Number of verses.
The King James Bible has
31,174 verses — an even number — so there is no one
"center" verse: the center would be a combination of the
15,587th and the 15,588th verses, which do fall within
But what about the Bible in other Language translations? What about the Hebrew Old Testament, the Septuagint, The Vulgate, the Coverdale Bible? What about the "original autographs" --- the original Greek and Hebrew manuscripts?
The Hebrew text of the Old Testament, as well as the Greek New Testament, originally had NO Verse or Chapter Divisions (these were added to the Bible between 1205 A.D. and 1565 A.D. --- over 1,000 years after the time of Christ), so it's really a moot point.
(Historical explanation below by: Daniel P. Fuller)
The present chapter divisions in our Bibles were invented in 1205 by Stephen Langton, a professor in Paris (he later became Archbishop of Canterbury), who put these into a Vulgate edition of the Bible. These chapter divisions were first used by the Jews in 1330 for the Hebrew Old Testament in a manuscript and for a printed edition in 1516. This system of chapter divisions likewise came into the Greek manuscripts of the New Testament in the 1400s.
It was Robert Stephanus, a Parisian book printer, whose versification of the Bible has prevailed to the present. He took over the verse divisions already indicated in the Hebrew Bible by the soph pasuq and assigned numbers to them within the chapter divisions already assigned by Stephan Langton. While riding on horseback from Paris to Lyons he affixed his own verse divisions to the New Testament and numbered them within Langton's chapter divisions.
But through Stephanus the versification of the Old Testament found its way into the Hebrew Bible printed first in 1571. Then Theodor Beza's use of Stephanus' verse and chapter divisions in his edition of the textus receptus of the New Testament (1565) assured them the permanence that they enjoy in our Bibles today. ___________________________________
Don't be fooled by a counterfeit just because it looks and sounds good. God's Word is the real truth. See the Bible verses concerning how to be saved, and how to know that you are saved, on our page:
For more of God's Word, also see:
The Prayer Foundation ™ Statement of Faith
Text is in the Public Domain.
Photos & Layout: Copyright © 2001 S.G.P. All rights reserved.
Except: Photo of Skellig Michael Copyright © Irish Tourist Board.