How Long Does It Really Take to Read the Bible?

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If you are like me, you may often make excuses for not reading Scripture, the most common of which is “there’s not enough time!” But the reality is that there is enough time. We fill our schedules with other priorities while we neglect God’s Word. It can be helpful for us to realize just how much time reading the Bible actual takes. I’ve compiled a list of each book of the Bible ranked according to word count and how long they take to read (based on a slow reader’s speed of 100 words per minute).

Almost half the books in the Bible take less than a half-hour to read. Twenty-three of them can be read in under twenty minutes! That’s one episode of your favourite episode on Netflix (and let’s be honest, you’re going to watch 3–7 episodes consecutively). That’s the amount of time you probably spend checking Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter on any given morning. That’s the amount of half a lunch break at work.

I hope this list will help you to see that reading whole books of the Bible is an attainable goal if we make it a priority.

Shortest to Longest 3 John – 219 words, 2.2 minutes 2 John – 245, 2.5 minutes Philemon – 335, 3.5 minutes Obadiah – 440, 4.5 minutes Jude – 461, 4.6 minutes Titus – 659, 7 minutes 2 Thessalonians – 823, 8 minutes Nahum – 855, 8.5 minutes Haggai – 926, 9 minutes Habakkuk 1,011, 10 minutes Jonah – 1,082, 10 minutes 2 Peter – 1,099, 10 minutes Zephaniah – 1,141, 10 minutes 2 Timothy – 1,238, 12 minutes Malachi – 1,320, 13 minutes Joel – 1,447, 15 minutes 1 Thessalonians – 1,481, 15 minutes Colossians – 1,582, 16 minutes 1 Timothy – 1,591, 16 minutes Philippians – 1,629, 16 minutes 1 Peter – 1,684, 17 minutes James – 1,742, 17.5 minutes Song of Songs – 2,020, 20 minutes Ruth – 2,039, 20 minutes Micah – 2,118, 21 minutes 1 John – 2,141, 21 minutes Galatians – 2,230, 22 minutes Lamentations – 2,324, 23 minutes Ephesians – 2,422, 24 minutes Amos – 3,027, 30 minutes Hosea – 3,615, 36 minutes 2 Corinthians- 4,477, 45 minutes Ecclesiastes – 4,537, 45 minutes Zechariah – 4,855, 48 minutes Esther – 4,932, 49 minutes Hebrews – 4,953, 50 minutes Ezra – 5,605, 56 minutes 1 Corinthians – 6,830, 68 minutes Romans – 7,111, 71 minutes Nehemiah – 8,507, 85 minutes Daniel – 9,001, 90 minutes Revelation – 9,851, 98 minutes Proverbs – 9,921, 99 minutes Mark – 11,304, 113 minutes Job – 12,674, 126 minutes Judges – 15,385, 153 minutes John – 15,635, 156 minutes Joshua – 15,671, 156 minutes 1 Chronicles – 16,664, 166 minutes 2 Samuel- 17,170, 171 minutes Matthew – 18,346, 183 minutes Acts – 18,450, 184 minutes 2 Kings – 18,784, 187 minutes Leviticus – 18,852, 188 minutes Luke – 19,482, 194 minutes 1 Kings – 20,361, 203 minutes 1 Samuel – 20,837, 208 minutes 2 Chronicles – 21,349, 213 minutes Deuteronomy- 23,008, 230 minutes Numbers – 25,048, 250 minutes Isaiah – 25,608, 256 minutes Exodus – 25,957, 259 minutes Ezekiel – 29,918, 299 minutes Psalms – 30,147, 301 minutes Genesis – 32,046, 320 minutes Jeremiah – 33,002, 330 minutes

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