Have you ever wondered what the longest and shortest books of the Bible are? The Bible is more than 600,000 words long in its original languages—but how are those words distributed across the 66 books of the Bible?

I’ve put together word counts for every book of the Bible. These numbers are pulled from the original languages using Logos Bible Software—you can see how I did it below. I used the Lexham Hebrew Bible and the Nestle-Aland Novum Testamentum Graece for these word counts.

(By the way, if you want to know what I think of Logos . . . here’s my honest take.)

You can check out the Web versions, or just download the spreadsheet and play with the numbers all you want:

Word counts on every book of the Bible (from longest to shortest)

You can click on any book of the Bible to read an overview of what it’s about.

Rank

Book

Word count

1 Jeremiah 33,002
2 Genesis 32,046
3 Psalms 30,147
4 Ezekiel 29,918
5 Exodus 25,957
6 Isaiah 25,608
7 Numbers 25,048
8 Deuteronomy 23,008
9 2 Chronicles 21,349
10 1 Samuel 20,837
11 1 Kings 20,361
12 Luke 19,482
13 Leviticus 18,852
14 2 Kings 18,784
15 Acts 18,450
16 Matthew 18,346
17 2 Samuel 17,170
18 1 Chronicles 16,664
19 Joshua 15,671
20 John 15,635
21 Judges 15,385
22 Job 12,674
23 Mark 11,304
24 Proverbs 9,921
25 Revelation 9,851
26 Daniel 9,001
27 Nehemiah 8,507
28 Romans 7,111
29 1 Corinthians 6,830
30 Ezra 5,605
31 Hebrews 4,953
32 Esther 4,932
33 Zechariah 4,855
34 Ecclesiastes 4,537
35 2 Corinthians 4,477
36 Hosea 3,615
37 Amos 3,027
38 Ephesians 2,422
39 Lamentations 2,324
40 Galatians 2,230
41 1 John 2,141
42 Micah 2,118
43 Ruth 2,039
44 Song of Solomon 2,020
45 James 1,742
46 1 Peter 1,684
47 Philippians 1,629
48 1 Timothy 1,591
49 Colossians 1,582
50 1 Thessalonians 1,481
51 Joel 1,447
52 Malachi 1,320
53 2 Timothy 1,238
54 Zephaniah 1,141
55 2 Peter 1,099
56 Jonah 1,082
57 Habakkuk 1,011
58 Haggai 926
59 Nahum 855
60 2 Thessalonians 823
61 Titus 659
62 Jude 461
63 Obadiah 440
64 Philemon 335
65 2 John 245
66 3 John 219

And of course, you can download these, too

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How I got these Bible word counts

As you can imagine, I don’t have the time nor original-language knowledge to tally all these words on my own.

So I used one of Logos Bible Software‘s not-so-famous features: Word Lists. (Heads up: I’m a Logos affiliate.)

I know that a good deal of you use Logos. If so, feel free to open it up and follow along. If you don’t use Logos, you’re about to see why I do. =)

I’ll walk you through my process step-by-step.

Step 1: pick a Bible

I needed word counts for every book of the Bible, so the first thing I had to do was choose the text I’d be drawing from. I went with the following three Bibles:

  • The NA27 Greek New Testament
  • The Lexham Hebrew Bible
  • The New American Standard 1995 Update (for the little slivers of Aramaic)

Obviously, you could do this using just one Bible. I made a similar list using the ESV.

Step 2: create a word list

Once I chose my Bibles, it was time to start getting word counts. First thing I did was create a new Word list. I did this by going to “Documents” …

documents

… and then selecting “Word List” from the options.

new_word_list

This opened up a new Word List, which looked like this:

new_word_list_edit

And of course, I chose a title.

Step 3: add text

Then I added the words from a single book of the Bible. That was easy. First, I clicked “Add.”

add_words

Then I selected the Bible I was using (let’s say the ESV for this post). This tells Logos which text to pull words from when I designate a book of the Bible.

select-bible-word-list-logos   So now

I’ve told Logos where the words are coming from (the selected Bible) and where the words are going (the Word list). Then I just enter in a book of the Bible. Let’s say Ruth.

select-passage-logos-word-list

I click “Ruth,” and blammo—Logos pulls in every Hebrew lemma in the book of Ruth (as far as the ESV is concerned). Here’s what it looks like:

ruth-word-list-logos

Now I have a list of every Hebrew lemma in the book of Ruth.

What’s a lemma? Good question. A lemma is a word’s dictionary form. For example, “run,” “ran,” and “running” are all different words, but if you were to look up their meanings in a dictionary, you’d look up “run.” “Run” is the lemma. Learn more about lemmas here.

Here’s where it got time-consuming: I built one Logos Word List like this for every single book of the Bible. That should probably count as another step.

Step 3b: repeat step 2 for every book of the Bible

That left me with 66 Logos Word Lists, each giving me every original-language word in a given book of the Bible. We can do all sorts of things with these lists. We could print flash cards, see which words occur most, and more.

But I wanted all the words of the Bible in a spreadsheet, so I had to take it a step further. I exported each Word List as a CSV spreadsheet. To do that, I clicked the Word List icon and selected Print/Export.

export-logos-word-list

Then selected “Spreadsheet” and exported it as a CSV file.

save-logos-word-list-as-spreadsheet

And of course, I did this with all those books, so …

Step 4b: repeat Step 4 for every book of the Bible

Yep.

Step 5: Add ’em up!

From here on out, it’s just doing the math.

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