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The Center of the Bible

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posted on Dec, 12 2002 @ 12:55 PM
The Center of the Bible

This is pretty strange or odd how it worked out this way.
Even if you are not religious you should read this.

What is the shortest chapter in the Bible?

Answer - Psalms 117

What is the longest chapter in the Bible?

Answer - Psalms 119

Which chapter is in the center of the Bible?

Answer - Psalms 118

Fact: There are 594 chapters before Psalms 118

Fact: There are 594 chapters after Psalms 118

Add these numbers up and you get 1188.

What is the center verse in the Bible?

Answer - Psalms 118:8

Does this verse say something significant about God's
perfect will for our lives?

The next time someone says they would like to find God's
perfect will for their lives and that they want to be in the center
of His will, just send them to the center of His Word!

Psalms 118:8 (NKJV) -- "It is better to trust in the LORD
than to put confidence in man."

Now isn't that odd how this worked out (or was God in the
center of it)?

posted on Dec, 12 2002 @ 02:49 PM
Snopes did some calculations. The math's off. You can try it for yourself:

According to our reckoning, 1189 chapters comprise the King James Version of the Bible. This means the "center chapter" of the Bible would be the 595th chapter (i.e., it is both preceded and followed by 594 other chapters); there are 478 chapters in all the books up through the end of the book of Job (which immediately precedes the book of Psalms), so the center chapter would be Psalm 117, not Psalm 118 as claimed, and the "center verse" of the Bible would therefore fall within Psalm 117 as well. Moreover, even if Psalm 118 were the "center chapter" of the Bible, since it is composed of 29 verses, the "center verse" would be Psalm 118:15 ("The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly"), not Psalm 118:8 as claimed.

And the "chapter and verse" system that you see didn't get put into the Bible until 1205. So it's a late, Catholic addition and not something there from the beginning.

As to the surprising chapter count? You could do that with a lot of books. You just haven't looked.

Like the Macromedia Flash 5 ActionScript Reference Guide. I don't know that I recommend it as the center of anyone's life or their Flash experience, for that matter.

And I don't see you offering a fair comparison with the middle of the Bahivagd Gita, the Koran, the Book of Mormon, etc.


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