eading scripture is the single greatest privilege of any one who follows the man who hung between two criminals. When going through the Bible, what is the longest chapter? Why is it so long? These are the questions for today's post.

What is the longest chapter in the Bible?

The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalms 119. It has 176 verses and is also the longest chapter in terms of number of words (1789) and letters (3123).

Second longest chapter in the Bible

The second longest chapter in the Bible is Psalms 118, which has only 176 verses. This is also the shortest chapter in the Old Testament and it contains only one verse more than Genesis 1:1. The first verse of Psalms 118 tells us that it was written by David when he was fleeing from Saul (1 Samuel 23:7).

The Book of Psalms contains 150 chapters total, but some are shorter than others. For example Psalm 119 has 176 verses while Psalm 1 has only seven verses! Like many other books in the Bible, there is no clear structure or order to how they were written or compiled together; scholars believe they were simply put together over time into a single collection by someone who liked them all equally well enough to include them all together without any regard for length or content

Third longest chapter in the Bible

The 3rd longest chapter in the Bible is Esther and it has 167 verses.

Esther is also the 3rd longest book in the Bible, with only Psalms being longer than it. It tells of a Jewish girl who became queen of Persia and saved her people from destruction.

4th longest chapter in the Bible

The 4th longest chapter in the Bible is Matthew and it has 165 verses.

This book is the first of four Gospels, Matthew-Mark-Luke-John, which contain accounts of Jesus’ life. The other three gospels were written by Mark, Luke and John respectively.

Matthew was one of two tax collectors who became followers of Jesus after being called by him. He also wrote this gospel to show that Jesus was the Messiah (Messiah means ‚Äúthe anointed one‚ÄĚ) and that he fulfilled Old Testament prophecies about His coming as Messiah (see Isaiah 9:6).

This gospel includes many teachings given by Jesus during His ministry on earth including:

  • The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5‚Äď7),
  • Parables of Jesus (Matthew 13),
  • Genealogy of Jesus (Matthew 1).

Fifth longest chapter in the Bible

The 5th longest chapter in the Bible is Isaiah, which has 162 verses.

Isaiah is the longest book of the Bible, with 66 chapters total. Some chapters are extremely short while others are quite long. The longest chapter in Isaiah is Chapter 56; however, there are other chapters that can rival this one. There is also a chapter with only 2 verses (Chapter 15) and another with 3 verses (Chapter 6).


The Bible is full of great stories and wisdom. It’s also one of the most influential books ever written, so it’s worth knowing more about its history. The above list shows that it can be hard to say which is the longest chapter in the Bible because there are so many different versions available with different length


Jan 7, 2023

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