What Is The Shortest Verse In The Bible -- And What Does It Tell Us About God?

June 20, 2016Jun 20, 2016

The Bible has over 30,000 verses in the Old and New Testaments.  Since the Bible is inspired by God, we can learn something from all the verses!  There is one verse that is regarded as the shortest.

That is John, Chapter 11, verse 35:  "Jesus wept."  Why this is both important and interesting is that Jesus wept at the death of Lazarus His friend; and Jesus is God!  So the God who created the entire universe, and came to earth in the person of God's Son Jesus Christ, can have a heart that loves and feels emotion.  God is not some impersonal being who just sits remotely, but He loves us and cares for us.

Jesus wept with emotion, as others were also grieving the loss of Lazarus.  But the Son of God also has divine power; and He went on to raise Lazarus from the dead!

There are also 3 other verses that could be called the shortest, depending on the translation and the number of Greek and Hebrew letters.  One of these is 1 Thessalonians 5:16 "Rejoice always" which has only two words in the original language.  It is also a powerful statement encouraging us to rejoice always, regardless of the circumstances, for God is with us!