As a born Christian and Pastor, I spend much time reading the Bible and teaching God’s word to
my congregation. The Modern Bible has 66 books. The number of chapters and verses each
book contains differs. Some of the young students of the Bible at my church ask me, “what is
the longest book in the Bible?”
In this article, I will give you insights on the longest book in the Bible by chapters. Join me as we
explore the Bible more and discover the longest book in the Bible by verses and the longest
book in the Bible by words. Read on to learn more!
What is the longest book in the Bible: Top 30 books ranked by chapters
Psalms ranks as the book in the Hebrew Bible with the most chapters, with 150. Different authors wrote it; however, King David was the principal author. This book belongs to the wisdom/poetic books category.
Isaiah ranks second with sixty-six chapters; third is Jeremiah with fifty-two chapters; fourth is Genesis with fifty chapters; Ezekiel is fifth with forty-eight chapters; Job is sixth with forty-two chapters; Exodus is seventh with forty chapters; Numbers is eighth with thirty-six chapters; 2nd Chronicles is the ninth with thirty-six chapters, and the tenth is Deuteronomy with thirty-four chapters.
Nehemiah is the last on this list, with thirteen chapters. The book belongs to the Major Prophetic books category and was written by Prophet Nehemiah. The table below ranks the top 30 longest books in the Bible according to the total number of chapters each contains. Also, it shows the books’ authors and the category they belong to.
|Isaiah||66||Prophet Isaiah||Major Prophetic Book|
|Jeremiah||52||Prophet Jeremiah||Major Prophetic Book|
|Genesis||50||Moses||Book of Law|
|Ezekiel||48||Prophet Ezekiel||Major Prophetic Book|
|Exodus||40||Moses||Book of Law|
|Numbers||36||Moses||Book of Law|
|2 Chronicles||36||anonymous||Historical Book|
|Deuteronomy||34||Moses||Book of Law|
|1 Samuel||31||anonymous||Historical Book|
|1 Chronicles||29||anonymous||Historical Book|
|Leviticus||27||Moses||Book of Law|
|2 Kings||25||anonymous||Historical Book|
|2 Samuel||24||Prophet Jeremiah||Historical Book|
|1 Kings||22||Anonymous||Historical Book|
|Revelation||22||Prophet Jeremiah||Prophetic Book|
|1 Corinthians||16||Paul||Pauline Epistles|
|Hosea||14||Prophet Hosea||Minor Prophetic Book|
|Zechariah||14||Prophet Zechariah||Minor Prophetic Book|
|Nehemiah||13||Prophet Nehemiah||Historical Book|
What is the longest book in the Bible: Top 30 books ranked by verses.
Psalms still holds the position of the book in the Bible with most verses, with 2461 verses. Genesis ranks as the 2nd with 1533 verse; third is Jeremiah with 1364 verses; fourth is Isaiah with 1292 verses; Numbers is fifth with 1289 verses; Ezekiel is sixth with 1273 verses; Exodus is seventh with 1213 verses; Luke is eighth with 1151 verses; Matthew is the ninth with 1071 verses, and the tenth is Job with 1070 verses.
The book of Hebrews is the last on this list, with three hundred and three verses. It is an epistle, and its writer remains anonymous. Surprisingly, Hebrews is in the top 30 of the longest books in the Bible by chapter, meaning it has longer chapters and verses. The table below ranks top thirty books in the Bible according to the total number of verses each contains.
|Genesis||1533||Moses||Book of Law|
|Jeremiah||1364||Prophet Jeremiah||Major Prophetic Book|
|Isaiah||1292||Prophet Isaiah||Major Prophetic Book|
|Numbers||1289||Moses||Book of Law|
|Ezekiel||1273||Prophet Ezekiel||Major Prophetic Book|
|Exodus||1213||Moses||Book of Law|
|Deuteronomy||959||Moses||Book of Law|
|1 Chronicles||942||Anonymous||Historical Book|
|Leviticus||859||Moses||Book of Law|
|1 Kings||816||Anonymous||Historical Book|
|2 Chronicles||822||Anonymous||Historical Book|
|1 Samuel||810||Anonymous||Historical Book|
|2 Kings||719||Anonymous||Historical Book|
|2 Samuel||695||Anonymous||Historical Book|
|1 Corinthians||437||Paul||Pauline Epistle|
|Nehemiah||406||Prophet Nehemiah||Historical Book|
|Daniel||357||Prophet Daniel||Major Prophetic Book|
What is the longest book in the Bible: Top 30 ranked by words
Psalms ranks as the book in the Bible with the most words, with 42704 words. Jeremiah ranks as the second with42654 words; third is Ezekiel with39401 words; fourth is Genesis with 38262 words; Isaiah is fifth with 37036 words; Numbers is sixth with 32896 words; Exodus is seventh with 32685 words; Deuteronomy is eighth with 28352 words; 2nd Chronicles is the ninth with 26069 words, and the tenth is Luke with 25640 words. All these books are in the list of the top 30 longest books in the Bible by chapters.
Ezra is the last book on this list with seven thousand four hundred and forty words. It is a historical book and was written by Ezra. Surprisingly, Ezra in not on the top 30 list of longest books by chapters and verses, meaning its chapters and verses are longer. The table below ranks the top thirty longest books in the Bible according to the total number of words in each.
|Jeremiah||42654||Jeremiah||Major Prophetic Book|
|Ezekiel||39401||Ezekiel||Major Prophetic Book|
|Genesis||38262||Moses||Book of Law|
|Isaiah||37036||Isaiah||Major Prophetic Book|
|Numbers||32896||Moses||Book of Law|
|Exodus||32685||Moses||Book of Law|
|Deuteronomy||28352||Moses||Book of Law|
|2 Chronicles||26069||Anonymous||Historical Book|
|1 Samuel||25048||Unknown||Historical Book|
|Leviticus||24541||Moses||Book of Law|
|1 Kings||24513||Anonymous||Historical Book|
|2 Kings||23517||Anonymous||Historical Book|
|2 Samuel||20600||Anonymous||Historical Book|
|1 Chronicles||20365||Anonymous||Historical Book|
|Daniel||11602||Daniel||Major Prophetic Book|
|1 Corinthians||9462||Paul||Pauline Epistle|
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