Spiritual Fitness: How Long Does It Take to Read the Bible?

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The best way to obey that command is to read God’s communication to us (the Bible) and to communicate back to God (prayer). In this way our love for him will grow richer every day and our soul will grow stronger in our spiritual warfare against evil and personal temptation.

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But you may be thinking you don’t have enough time in a day to complete the reading of the entire Bible. The reality is you do have enough time, since each book of the Bible can be measured in achievable “chunks.”

Almost half the books in the Bible take less than a half-hour to read. Twenty-three of them can each be read in under 20 minutes!

Here’s a chart (by the website desiringGod) of the average time it takes to read each book of Scripture, shown in the order in which each one appears in the Bible:

Click to enlarge this chart of the time it takes to read each book of the Bible

Books of the Bible — Shortest to Longest

And the following is a list of the books of the Bible beginning with the quickest reads; each book is linked to its location on Bible Gateway where you’ll also find a video introduction to each book:

Reading the Bible and acting on its message is vital to living the SemperVerus code to “stay true to what is right” (1 Timothy 4:16).

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