I thought I would log this down as some interesting facts about most all versions of the Protestant Christian Bible.

First, let us make some quick points:

1) The verses were added many years after the original manuscripts.

2) But just as much as that is a historical fact there is still something peculiar about the verses when it comes to the middle/center verses of the Bible.

3) And this only works with the Protestant version of the Christian Bible and the verse divisions that have become standard for most protestant churches today which itself is peculiar.

I did some research for there are many differences flying around out there on the internet of just how many verses are in the Bible to begin with. Snopes.com says there is 31,174 verses (as of 03/05/2011) relying upon a poor source that itself admits no real knowledge of how many verses are in the Christian Bible. But Wikipedia seems to have gotten it right. They claim 31,102 verses in the Bible. And they quote this link as a source which is far better than Snopes.com's source. You will notice this site actually logs precisely how many verses are in each book of the Bible.

Now that we know the actual verses in the Bible we can then find the middle verses. There will be two "center" verses since there is an even number of verses in the Bible. There will be the last verse of the first half of the Bible and the beginning verse of the second half of the Bible.

Take 31102 and divide it by two and you get 15551. So the middle verses will be verse number 15551 and 15552 for their will be an equal amount of verses going back from verse 15551 to the verse 1 and going forward from verse 15552 to verse 31102.

So now where do we land? Let us look at the source used by of Wikipedia to help us. There are 13940 verses from Genesis to the end of Job. So we need to go into the Psalms 1611 verses to find the end verse of the first half of the Bible and we land at Psalm 103:1 and so of course the next verse which begins the second half of the Bible would be Psalm 103:2. So Psalm 103:1,2 are the two middle or "center" verses of the Bible and Wikipedia agrees.

Now if you add each digit in the number of verses in the Bible you get 7. 31102 broken down to 3+1+1+0+2 = 7. Right off the bat we think of the 6 days of creation and the 7th day was a day of rest as God completed His work of creation. Is this a hint that the scriptures have been completed? Now this may be coincidence that the number of verses add up to 7 but check this out.

Notice that the middle verses are Psalm 103:1,2. Let us add up the numbers there. 1+0+3+1+2 = 7. Interesting. Maybe coincidence or maybe not but check this out.

What gets even more interesting is that the very same digits that make up the total number of verses in the Bible are the very same digits that make up for the middle verses in the Bible. Compare 31102 to 10312. Both have two 1's, a 3, a 2 and a 0. That's kind of weird.

And I do not believe that there is any other chapter verse combination in the Bible but Psalm 103:1,2 that has the same amount of 0's, 1's, 2's and 3's and could even qualify as middle verses (two verses right next to each other) but Psalm 103:1,2. The middle verses just happens to fall on the only possible middle verse combination that would have that combination of numbers in the Bible. Also I believe that it would have to be two middle verses as opposed to a single center verse that provide for this unique set of numbers. (Mental note to myself and reader: we need to check these assumptions out.) Marked out for reference as assumptions were checked and statements were nullified. For example Psalm 101:2,3 disqualifies the first assumption and Psalm 103:12 disqualifies the second assumption. None the less still peculiar.

Now I understand the verses are not in the original and were added many years later. But just this fact alone doesn't undermine the peculiarity. I mean does this happen with any other claimed holy Bibles like the Koran or the Jewish Bible or the Book of Mormon whether they were in the original manuscripts or no? (Mental to note myself and reader: we need to check to see if this happens in any other claimed holy book.)

Anyways, just wanted to log and post this find about the middle verses of the Bible for future possible use.

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