The Number of Verses in the Bible

There are a few different numbers floating around for the total number of verses in the Bible.  Most people, when looking for a count, will just find and quote one of these numbers. No one has time or patience to actually count the verses. And probably the easiest way to do this would be to add up the number of verses in each of the 1189 chapters. We know how many verses a chapter has by looking at the number of the last verse. But still, this would take time.

However, building the Bible search engine (Bible SuperSearch) has enabled us to have computers do the counting for us. And the number of verses always came out to be 31,102. In order to build the Bible search engine, the Bible was imported into a (MySQL) database for easy querying. Each Bible has it’s own database table. For the KJV, the table is ‘bible_kjv’.

In the table, each verse has it’s own row:

 

index book chapter verse text
1 1 1 1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2 1 1 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3 1 1 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
4 1 1 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
5 1 1 5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
6 1 1 6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
7 1 1 7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
8 1 1 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

In addition to book, chapter, verse, and text, each row has a unique numerical index. This index is auto-incremented. It starts at 1 for Genesis 1:1 and increments by 1 for every verse. For Revelation 22:21, the last verse in the Bible, we see that this index came out to be 31,102. 

index book chapter verse text
31097 66 22 16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
31098 66 22 17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
31099 66 22 18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
31100 66 22 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
31101 66 22 20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
31102 66 22 21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

We can also run a MySQL query to count the number of rows in the table:

SELECT COUNT(*) FROM `bible_kjv`

We get 31,102.  Since each verse has it’s own row in the table, this is the number of verses in this Bible.

We can also query the number of verses in the Old and New Testaments:

SELECT COUNT(*) FROM bible_kjv WHERE book BETWEEN 1 and 39

SELECT COUNT(*) FROM bible_kjv WHERE book BETWEEN 40 and 66

The Old Testament has 23,145 verses and the New Testament has 7,957 verses.

We can also break down these verse counts by book:

SELECT bible_books_en.number AS ‘Order’, bible_books_en.fullname AS Book,

COUNT(DISTINCT bible_kjv.chapter) AS Chapters, COUNT(*) AS Verses

FROM `bible_kjv`

INNER JOIN bible_books_en ON bible_books_en.number = bible_kjv.book

GROUP BY bible_kjv.book
ORDER BY bible_kjv.book

 

 

Number of Chapters and Verses in Each Book
Order Book Chapters Verses
1 Genesis 50 1,533
2 Exodus 40 1,213
3 Leviticus 27 859
4 Numbers 36 1,288
5 Deuteronomy 34 959
6 Joshua 24 658
7 Judges 21 618
8 Ruth 4 85
9 1 Samuel 31 810
10 2 Samuel 24 695
11 1 Kings 22 816
12 2 Kings 25 719
13 1 Chronicles 29 942
14 2 Chronicles 36 822
15 Ezra 10 280
16 Nehemiah 13 406
17 Esther 10 167
18 Job 42 1,070
19 Psalms 150 2,461
20 Proverbs 31 915
21 Ecclesiastes 12 222
22 Song of Solomon 8 117
23 Isaiah 66 1,292
24 Jeremiah 52 1,364
25 Lamentations 5 154
26 Ezekiel 48 1,273
27 Daniel 12 357
28 Hosea 14 197
29 Joel 3 73
30 Amos 9 146
31 Obadiah 1 21
32 Jonah 4 48
33 Micah 7 105
34 Nahum 3 47
35 Habakkuk 3 56
36 Zephaniah 3 53
37 Haggai 2 38
38 Zechariah 14 211
39 Malachi 4 55
40 Matthew 28 1,071
41 Mark 16 678
42 Luke 24 1,151
43 John 21 879
44 Acts 28 1,007
45 Romans 16 433
46 1 Corinthians 16 437
47 2 Corinthians 13 257
48 Galatians 6 149
49 Ephesians 6 155
50 Philippians 4 104
51 Colossians 4 95
52 1 Thessalonians 5 89
53 2 Thessalonians 3 47
54 1 Timothy 6 113
55 2 Timothy 4 83
56 Titus 3 46
57 Philemon 1 25
58 Hebrews 13 303
59 James 5 108
60 1 Peter 5 105
61 2 Peter 3 61
62 1 John 5 105
63 2 John 1 13
64 3 John 1 14
65 Jude 1 25
66 Revelation 22 404
TOTAL   1,189 31,102

 

Compare these numbers with Blue Letter Bible’s results here: https://www.blueletterbible.org/study/misc/66books.cfm  (I have included this link because they too have a Bible search engine, and are also able to query for these numbers.)

Here’s another interesting article on the number of verses (and words) in the Bible: https://www.biblebelievers.com/believers-org/kjv-stats.html

So, the King James Version has 31,102 verses.  What about other Bibles?

We can query the count of other Bibles that we have on the search engine the same way we did for the KJV:

SELECT COUNT(*) from bible_bishops

Bible Verse Count
Bishop’s Bible (English) 31,102
Coverdale Bible (English) 31,102
Tyndale Bible (English) 

(Has New Testament and parts of OT)

13,928
La Bible de l’Épée (French) 31,102
Martin (French) 31,103
Reina Valera Gómez (Spanish) 31,102
Reina Valera – 1909 (Spanish) 31,102
Smith Van Dyke (Arabic) 31,102
Luther Bible (German) 31,102
Diodati (Italian) 31,102
Synodal (Russian) 31,102
Textus Receptus – 1550 (Greek)  (NT Only) 7,958
WLC (Hebrew) (OT Only) 23,213

So we see that most full Bibles produced a verse count of 31,102.  The only one that didn’t is the French Martin Bible.  (At 31,103, it appears to be one verse off, but querying it against the KJV shows that it is numbered significantly different.   Verses are split at different points. )

The verse numbering in the Authorized King James Version became the standard, and all complete Bibles that use the KJV’s numbering, without omitting verses due to textual preference, will have 31,102 verses.

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Updated: February 25, 2019 — 7:37 AM