What are the five longest books of the Bible? The premise is that the longest may be the most important. While that may not necessarily be so you have to admit that they had to be of special importance to be so much longer than the other books.
(1) The Psalms – This is by far the longest book of the Bible. It has 150 books and it has the longest chapter as well – Psa. 119 – which has 176 verses. Psalms has 2,401 verses and 42,704 words. Notice that the longest book is a book of praise and worship, a songbook. Maybe we should more often have a song in our heart. Now if a song can be a prayer, the longest book is a prayer-book as well.
(2) Jeremiah – This is the second longest book of the Bible. You might wonder how Jeremiah could be the second longest when it has 52 chapters and Isaiah has 66 chapters. Do not let the number of chapters fool you. It is a bit misleading when it comes to the book of Jeremiah. Isaiah has 1292 verses and 32,036 words while Jeremiah has 1364 verses and 42,654 words. Jeremiah the prophet got his call to service two decades before the fall of Jerusalem to Babylon and he tried to bring about reforms as the nation veered closer and closer to the brink of spiritual and national ruin. It was the book of Jeremiah that the prophet Daniel consulted in connection with the seventy years captivity.
(3) Isaiah – This is the third longest book of the Bible. As we have just noted, it has 66 books. (See the number of verses and words above). Its structure has been compared to the 66 books of the Bible. Isaiah prophesied in the days of the following kings: Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah. He began his ministry before Jeremiah. No other Bible book has such a majestic, poetic style as that of Isaiah. Some of the most comforting passages of scripture come from this book. It is second to none in this regard. (See Isa. 43;1,2; 49:16; 66:13; 49:15 etc)
(4) Genesis – This is the fourth longest book of the Bible. It is the first book of the Bible. It has 50 chapters and 1,533 verses. This is the book that tells us how life began hence the present name “Genesis.” From the very first verse it tells us that in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. The human race started with Adam not atom. It was also Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve. If you want to know about genes try GENESis.
(5) Ezekiel – This prophetic book rounds off the top five longest books of the Bible. It has 48 chapters and 1,272 verses. He prophesied both before and after the fall of Jerusalem. He prophesied against many nations apart from Israel. Some of the most detailed prophecies about cities were made by Ezekiel with God’s guidance. Their preciseness as well as their fulfillment prove the divine nature of the Bible.
So the top five longest books of the Bible comprise three prophetic books (Jeremiah, Isaiah, Ezekiel), one songbook (Psalms) and a book of how life began (Genesis).
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