Top 30 Bible Chapters by Words Per Verse

March 22, 2019

I recently analyzed every chapter of the Bible in the KJV for how many words there were per verse in the chapter. Based on that analysis, I compiled the top 30 Bible chapters by words per verse in two categories: (1) Most Words per Verse; and (2) Fewest Words per Verse.

The charts below show the top 10 chapters in both categories. My chart, Top 30 Bible Chapters by Words Per Verse, presents the data for all 30 top chapters in each category.

Most Words per Verse

Most Words Per Verse
Chapter Words Verses Words/Verse
1 Jer 40 681 16 42.56
2 Ezr 3 547 13 42.08
3 2 Ki 7 824 20 41.20
4 1 Chr 28 864 21 41.14
5 Ezr 9 617 15 41.13
6 Jer 44 1228 30 40.93
7 Lam 2 883 22 40.14
8 2 Ki 23 1477 37 39.92
9 Jos 22 1321 34 38.85
10 1 Sam 29 421 11 38.27

 

Fewest Words per Verse

Fewest Words Per Verse
Chapter Words Verses Words/Verse
1 1 Chr 8 491 40 12.28
2 1 Chr 1 683 54 12.65
3 Ps 120 92 7 13.14
4 Ps 114 106 8 13.25
5 Lam 3 876 66 13.27
6 Lam 5 296 22 13.45
7 Ps 136 353 26 13.58
8 Ps 119 2445 176 13.89
9 Ps 105 632 45 14.04
10 Prov 2 309 22 14.05

 

Discussion

Unsurprisingly, the top 30 chapters in the Bible with the most words per verse are all in the OT. In fact, the top 158 chapters with the most words per verse are all in the OT. These findings confirm the general perception that the OT is harder to read than the NT because of more words per verse in the chapters of the OT.

I was surprised to find, however, that all but one of the top 30 chapters in the Bible with the fewest words per verse were also in the OT. Moreover, only two NT chapters rank in the top 100 Bible chapters with the fewest words per verse.

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