What is the middle verse of the Bible?

The Bible contains 31,102 verses (KJV). Because this total is an even number, there is no exact middle verse. Instead, two verses meet in the middle: Psalm 103:1–2. There are 15,500 verses before these two verses and 15,500 after them.

The middle verses of the Bible read: "Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits" (Psalm 103:1–2). The Bible's chapter and verse divisions were added long after the Scriptures were written. In fact, the Jewish Bible arranges the books of the Old Testament differently. So there is no particular spiritual relevance attached to a verse's placement, other than, of course, the contextual significance.

That being said, it does seem relevant to point out that this central point of the Bible is a passage of praise to the Lord. We should always be praising the Lord and remembering His benefits. The entirety of the Bible provides us with examples of His faithfulness and goodness to us—beginning, middle, and end.

Sometimes, Psalm 118:8 is mistakenly referred to as the middle verse of the Bible. This verse says, "It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man." This is a great reminder. But, if you are playing a Bible trivia game, it is not the correct answer to the question of What is the middle verse of the Bible? The middle chapter in the Bible is Psalm 117, but since chapters have varying numbers of verses, the middle verses do not fall in the middle chapter.

Psalm 103:1–2 is the central point within the Bible as the chapter and verse divisions are today. When all is said and done, there is no inherent significance attached to the middle verses of the Bible, but it is an interesting fact to know and a good reminder to keep the praise of the Lord in our hearts.

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