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Billy HallowellDec 23, 2020 12:00:00 AM2 min read

This Is the Shortest Chapter in the Bible but It Delivers BIG Lessons

The Bible is no doubt filled with life-affirming content, with the scriptures guiding Christians in our faith walk, helping explain God's relationship to humanity and offering a guide for how we should live, love and interact with one another.

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What's perhaps most interesting is that the length of a Bible verse or chapter often has little impact over the robust nature of the lessons that can be learned.

Short or long, every Bible verse or chapter has something to teach us.

So, what's the shortest chapter in the Bible, you ask? Psalm 117 is both the shortest Psalm and the shortest chapter in the Bible — but it carries some important lessons.

Psalm 117: Praising God

Psalm 117 offers an important reminder of the importance of praising God. Verse 1 reads, "Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples."

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This verse tells the entire world to praise God. Today, 2,000 years after Jesus' birth, death and resurrection, people around the globe in every nation still worship Christ.

Shortest Chapter in the Bible: Psalm 117 on God's Love

The Bible tells us throughout the New and Old Testaments that God loves His creation, and Psalm 117 — the shortest Psalm — affirms this reality.

The simple language of the text reminds us how much the Lord cares for each and every one of us. Verse 2 reads, in part, "For great is his love toward us."


Psalm 117: His Love Endures Forever 

In addition to God's intense love for us, we are also told in Verse 2 that "the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever."

His love and his care for us never ceases. also has some fun facts about Psalm 117:

The shortest chapter in the Bible, both in the number of verses and words, is Psalm 117, with only two verses and 17 words in Hebrew. Interestingly, Psalm 117 is also the middle chapter of the Bible. It is the 595th chapter, with 594 chapters before it and 594 chapters after it.

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Psalm 117 might be the shortest chapter in the Bible, but it is filled with powerful scriptures that give us important reminders about our need for God and his undying love for us.

The chapter concludes, "Praise the Lord" — an appropriate ending to a theologically packed segment of scripture. 


Billy Hallowell

Billy Hallowell has been working in journalism and media for more than a decade. His writings have appeared in Deseret News, TheBlaze, Human Events, Mediaite and on, among other outlets. Hallowell has a B.A. in journalism and broadcasting from the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, New York and an M.S. in social research from Hunter College in Manhattan, New York.