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According to the Atlanta Journal "The Ten Commandments contain 297 words. The Bill of Rights is stated in 463 words. Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address contains 266 words. A recent federal directive to regulate the price of cabbage contains 26,911 words."

In the Greek, John 1:1 contains 17 words.

Those 17 words, according to one commentary, are the “most compact and pulsating theological statement in all of Scripture.”

Another writer says of the first verse, “…the force of what he says is so staggering that the words almost seem to bend under the weight that they are made to bear.”

SOURCE: Paul Decker in "What did He Say?" on

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