Bible Chapters and Verses

The original manuscripts of the Bible did not have chapter or verse divisions. The chapter divisions were added sometime in the 13th Century, and the verse divisions were added in 1551. They made navigating the Bible easier, but they caused a problem too. They often divide ideas that were not supposed to be divided. People who read Bible verses instead of books can get the wrong idea, the same way that you can listen to a phone conversation and get the wrong idea about what is going on, Unless you have read the entire book, you should not focus on an individual verse of the Bible. Deeper study can and should come, but not until you have the right general idea about what kind of literature the particular book is made of, and the general idea the book was meant to convey.

How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth: Fourth Edition
by Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart

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