The Exact Center Verse Of The Bible

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Psalm 118:8

Is Psalm 1118:9 the center verse in the center book in the center of the Bible? What do you know about Psalm 118:8? Sure it is. Or maybe it’s not. Well – likely not exactly.  It is a very powerful verse in it’s own right.

Did you know?

PSALM 118 is the middle chapter of the entire Bible. 

PSALM 118 is preceded by Psalm 117, the shortest chapter in the Bible.

PSALM 118 is followed by Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the Bible.

PSALM 118 is preceded by 594 chapters and followed by 594 chapters.

If you add the 595 preceding and 594 following chapters, the sum is a total of 1188 chapters.  Psalm 118:8 (that’s 1188) is the middle verse of the entire Bible.

And what is this central verse of the Bible?

“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man”

– Psalm 118:8            

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Further Discussion about “The Center”

“Don’t Sweat the Petty Things, and Don’t Pet the Sweaty Things.”

It’s simple math.

How many books are there in the Bible?

What is the center Book?

How many chapters to the middle.

The middle of Psalm 117 may be the closest to count, between the two verses.

And then it depends on the version and the language, hence the reason for differences in the calculation.

Rather then quibble over the exactness, how about considering the message of Psalm 118:8 again:

    “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man”

That’s somewhat of a statement to ponder in depth. It could be life changing.

Consider this about the Bible

If the Bible is just a book of fairy tales, then why is it banned in over 50 countries?

After all, no one goes to jail for reading Aesop’s Fables, The Illiad, or The Odyssey.

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