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>Number of books, chapters, verses and words in the Bible. These are based on the English Standard Version (ESV) 2007 version, main text. Footnotes, chapter and verse numbers, book names are excluded. Psalm titles are included. I realise the chapters and verses are an artificial construct.

Chapters were inserted into the Bible circa 1228 by Stephen Langton.

The Old Testament was possibly divided into verses by Isaac Nathan circa 1448 and the New Testament by Robert Stephanus in 1551.

Book Chapters Verses Words
Old Testament
Genesis 50 36909
Exodus 40 31271
Leviticus 27 23602
Numbers 36 31211
Deuteronomy 34 27845
Joshua 24 18060
Judges 21 18556
Ruth 4 2475
1 Samuel 31 24536
2 Samuel 24 20074
1 Kings 22 23741
2 Kings 25 23088
1 Chronicles 29 18590
2 Chronicles 36 24938
Ezra 10 6915
Nehemiah 13 9902
Esther 10 5519
Job 42 17825
Psalms 150 42420
Proverbs 31 14566
Ecclesiastes 12 5344
Song of Solomon 8 2537
Isaiah 66 35555
Jeremiah 52 40975
Lamentations 5 3286
Ezekiel 48 37524
Daniel 12 11314
Hosea 14 4997
Joel 3 1913
Amos 9 4134
Obadiah 1 606
Jonah 4 1318
Micah 7 3012
Nahum 3 1114
Habakkuk 3 1366
Zephaniah 3 1574
Haggai 2 1096
Zechariah 14 6145
Malachi 4 1769
OT Total 929 587622
New Testament
Matthew 28 23137
Mark 16 14642
Luke 24 25104
John 21 19322
Acts 28 23744
Romans 16 9534
1 Corinthians 16 9316
2 Corinthians 13 6061
Galatians 6 3116
Ephesians 6 3017
Philippians 4 2144
Colossians 4 1936
1 Thessalonians 5 1842
2 Thessalonians 3 1065
1 Timothy 6 2318
2 Timothy 4 1633
Titus 3 927
Philemon 1 457
Hebrews 13 6953
James 5 2333
1 Peter 5 2397
2 Peter 3 1553
1 John 5 2492
2 John 1 298
3 John 1 303
Jude 1 607
Revelation 22 11559
NT Total 260 177810
Bible
Grand total 1189 765432

I haven’t been able to find the ESV summary data on the internet. The ESV exists in database form in various places so the information should be easy to calculate, I just don’t have the facilities. I will repost this if I get the verse data.

This information may be more useful for the Hebrew and Greek text though there would still be disagreement over which texttype or critical text to use.

Greek New Testament ~138000 words.

If I have my calculations correct I note the number of words in the ESV Bible is easy to remember. If the book titles are included the number of words is 765517.

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  1. 2009 April 2 at 22:42

    Total of pages in the Internal Revenue Code… 80,000 plus
    Words: Over 9,000,000 as of a 2006 Forbes article.
    Approx 12 times more words in USC Title 26 than in the Bible, a book that most people will never fully read, and many fewer will ever fully understand.

  2. Govi
    2009 November 11 at 04:55

    I like your stats page. Your math appears to be correct. However, BibleWorks 7 has an info page for each of the Bible versions and their totals are a bit different. They list the total number of verses as 31,086. They also list 17 blank verses. Total words are listed as 757,356. I’ve noticed that some “statistics” pages don’t count such things like “A Psalm of David” or other headers as verses. Maybe the ESV (or BibleWorks) does count these. At any rate, good work! I hope this is useful for you…yours was for me. God Bless!

  3. 2009 November 11 at 06:45

    Thanks Govi. I did my stats after copying the text without verses and running a word count. I couldn’t find stats easily on the net and don’t think it is available on e-sword. I included the main text but not footnotes. I included Psalm titles. I did not include the name of the book. I did not include section headings that some Bibles add. Numbers are considered a single word I think. The ESV version 2007 differs slightly from the earlier version.
    I hope my count is close to correct. If you leave the verse count for the individual books in the comments here I will update the table.
    Empty verses are verses not considered by the ESV to be original thus are not translated.

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