How many letters in the Bible?

My grandfather had a great love for God’s Word. He also had an obsession with numbers. Many years ago he shared with me the “Tree of Life Biblical Knowledge”:
The Bible contains:
3,566,480 letters,
810,697 words,
31, 175 verses,
1,189 chapters,
and 66 books.

The longest chapter is the 119th Psalm.

The shortest & middle chapter is the 117th Psalm.

The middle is the 8th of the 118th chapter of Psalms.

The word “and” occurs 46,627 times.

The 37th chapter of Isaiah and the 19th chapter of the second book of Kings are alike.

The longest verse is the 9th of the 8th chapter of Esther.

The shortest is the 35th of the 11th chapter of John.

The 21st verse of the 7th chapter of Ezra is the only one of the entire collection which contains every letter in the alphabet.

The word “Lord” or its equivalent “Jehovah” occurs 7, 698 times in the Old Testament, or to be more exact, the word “Lord” occurs 1,853 times.

The word “God” does not occur in the book of Esther –

I don’t know where my grandfather discovered all this. Since he died before I purchased my first computer (an IBM PC back in 1988), I know that he didn’t use Bible software.

I love the Bible – and more important than all of this is that the Bible is the Word of God! It doesn’t merely contain the Word of God, it is the Word of God! It has the power to change your life! As my dad told me years ago – “This book will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from this book.”


Dave DeVries

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Dr. Dave DeVries is a coach, trainer and strategist – and founder of Missional Challenge. He is passionate about coaching and training church planters and missional leaders. His training skills have been used to mobilize church planters, pastors and ministry leaders across the country and around the world. Missional Challenge partners together with churches, networks and denominations to advance disciplemaking movements globally.With 25+ years of church planting and leadership development experience, Dave brings his passion and encouragement to those he trains and coaches. He created The Multiplication Cycle™ to assist church planters to start churches by making disciples. He has trained and coached hundreds of coaches and church planters across the United States and internationally.Dave has been coaching pastors and church planters for more than ten years. His experience in church multiplication led to his doctorate in transformational leadership at Bakke Graduate University. He also received a Master of Divinity from The Master’s Seminary and graduated from Biola University with a B.S. in Business Administration.
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