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Fun Bible Fact: The Center of the Bible

By February 18, 2007

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What verse is at the center of the Bible? Psalms 118:8. While there are a lot of fun facts about this central Bible verse, there is also an important lesson that we can learn from this verse:

Psalms 118:8 - "It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man." (NIV)

Psalms 118:8 reminds us that it is better to trust God than to trust yourself or other people. So the next time you feel a little off your Christian walk, remember to make God the center of your life by going to the center of your Bible.

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February 27, 2007 at 9:49 am
(1) Sandy says:

The idea that Psalm 118:8 is the center verse of the Bible is an urban legend that has circulated the Internet since at least 2001. There are more than a few websites which dispute the fact that Psalm 118:8 is the center verse of the Bible, and in fact point to the two verses of Psalm 117 as the center of the Bible. Which is also a good reminder of how we should live in relation to our God and how amazing He is:

Praise the LORD, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD. (Psalm 117, NIV)

A couple of sites to check out for yourself:



If you Google this topic, “center of the Bible”, you’ll find many opinions, actually. Some of it depends on which Bible you’re using – Protestant or Catholic. And a lot depends on how you run the numbers.

Don’t believe everything you read, especially in email or on the Internet. Excercise discernment, do your own research, and look at multiple sources.

November 14, 2008 at 12:51 pm
(2) Anonymous says:

Why has About.Com not deleted this “article”? It is completely false, as per the previous comment.

January 28, 2011 at 12:03 pm
(3) Holdermb says:

It is very true. This is the center of the Bible. I did my research! Do yours.

August 18, 2012 at 10:49 pm
(4) grammatico-historical says:

A detailed refutation of this urban legend is at http://www.jaalits.com/psalm_118_8.html

April 3, 2013 at 5:53 pm
(5) grammatico-historical says:

I see the page in my previous comment has since been thoroughly revised at http://www.jaalits.com/why-psalm-118-8-is-not-the-middle-verse-of-the-bible.html

June 2, 2013 at 5:00 pm
(6) Liz says:

There are 31,102 verses in the KJV. The center verses in the KJV are Psalm 103:1-2. ‘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:’ There are 15,550 before and after these 2 verses.

Count it for yourself and know why you believe what you believe. It should be because you have studied it out for yourself. Not because someone else says it,

The center book of the KJV is Psalm 117. This is only the center if you count by books, not by verses.

March 7, 2014 at 9:17 am
(7) Donna says:

What is important to point out is that there is no magic or tricks to God’s Word. All of these “Center of the Bible” verses are wonderful & life changing. Encourage others to seek the Word of God no matter where it is in the Bible. God will always finds ways to lead His children and His Word is Life to all who read it with a sincere heart. Keep reading! In His Service I Walk.

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