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“Jesus wept” (John 11:35) isn’t the shortest verse in the Bible!!

I was messing around with some regular expressions, or regex, today, (the nerdy types will understand!) to create a hidden word Bible quiz for the site and thought it would be fun to do a bit of word analysis on the text of the KJV – as you do!

I was looking at verse lengths, and you may know there are actually two verses that only have two words. Everyone knows about “Jesus wept” (John 11:35) but did you know that 1 Thessalonians 5:16 also only has two words and reads “Rejoice evermore”? No-one really ever mentions that one though!

John 11:35 is indeed the shortest verse as it contains less characters, but only if we are considering the KJV or other English translations. What I didn’t know until just a few moments ago is that when looking at the original Greek text, 1 Thessalonians 5:16 is actually the shortest verse containing two words and 14 characters, whereas John 11:35 is 3 words and 16 characters! There’s my something new learned for today.

Joh 11:35  ἐδάκρυσεν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς.

1Th 5:16  Πάντοτε χαίρετε,

But then, that might not be the shortest verse either. Depending on where you divide the verse in the Greek, Luke 20:30 might be even shorter at only 3 words and 12 characters. The Greek text I use doesn’t bear this out, but some modern translations split the verses differently and reads simply “and the second”…

Luk 20:30  καὶ ἔλαβεν ὁ δεύτερος τὴν γυναίκα, καὶ οὗτος ἀπέθανεν ἄτεκνος·

Job 3:2 also has a shout at being the shortest coming in at 14 characters and 3 words in the Hebrew.

So, what do ya know?! It’s only trivia at the end of the day, but don’t believe everything you hear!

Did you also know that Psalm 118:8 isn’t the middle verse and there are not 365 “do not fear / be afraid” verses in the Bible either?

New: Bible Hangman!

We’ve added a new game to our Bible Puzzles website based on the popular word game of hangman.

Guess the letters and reveal the word in our new Bible Hangman game!

Have fun!

Hidden Books of the Bible Puzzle – Answers

How many of the twenty-six books of the Bible did you find in our Hidden Books Puzzle? Here are the answers highlighted in bold for you…

Dear Sir/Madam,

The Bible is a remarkable book. Within this letter there are 26 books of the Bible hidden. Can you find them all? Have a go at it using a pen or pencil to highlight the ones you find.

The Bible was written by God, using many authors from all sorts of backgrounds, having many different jobs. God tells us the story of his nation Israel and His son, Jesus Christ, making sure it has been preserved for us through the ages for us to read today.

The Bible outlines the right way to lead our lives, as well as containing many historical accounts. Moses led Israel through the Red Sea, at the battle of Jericho trumpeters marched round the walls for seven days, Judea saw great wars and captivity, Abishag gained David as a husband, the Pharisees would act superior to everyone else, perhaps almsgiving for example, but Jesus kept giving them a most stern rebuke. Jesus also performed many miracles, after receiving the Holy Spirit upon his baptismal achievement, with his first miracle being turning the water into wine for the groom at the wedding, maybe it was a nice Spanish Rioja? Mesopotamia was an important region in Biblical history, with Ur and Babylon in that area, as was Sudan I elsewhere read.

When studying the Bible it is helpful to look out for any Bible echo. Search for them whenever you read as you will see some fascinating things, particularly when reading the letters to the various churches, or ecclesias. Testing what you hear against the Bible is also very important to show if it is true, for example if someone suggests Jesus was born in Suez rather than Bethlehem, you would use the Bible to check its accuracy. The same applies if you think Paul ate locusts, David played a banjo eloquently for Saul, Barnabas went on missionary work to Dijon, a horse carried Jesus into Jerusalem or Lazarus died of swine flu, keep going back to the Bible as you can learn a lot from answers to your questions. There is no need to put being academic ahead of everything else though as Jesus said it is most important to love one another, in a humble spirit. Jesus gave his life for us and when we are in a spiritual rut, his love will give us the comfort we need.

Sincerely, the Rev. E. Lation