Can You Guess the Book of the Bible If We Give You the Last Verse?
By: Tasha Moore
About This Quiz
Give the last verses of the Bible their due shine with this religion drill. You are a holy scriptures master if you can recognize the books of the Bible by just seeing the last verse. Are you one of those rare scholars who has read the Christian Bible from cover to cover and can recite a good chunk of it? You are welcome to demonstrate your skills on this test!
A lot goes on in the last verses of Bible books, especially when a book gets a sequel or threequel. The end of 1 Chronicles gets the mighty King David ready for his last stand. And at least Apostle Paul politely ends 1 Corinthians before giving the citizens of Corinth a second nudge to straighten up in the sequel. Paul and several other New Testament authors end their books so cordially no matter what the book's subject matter may have been; "Amen" is the most common salutation of them all. On the flip side, the book of Revelation is replete with shockers throughout its 22 verses, so the final "Amen" takes on an eerie tone, as if to underscore every sobering prophecy revealed beforehand.
Seize your chance to identify other Bible books that have "Amen" endings!
"So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt."
Joseph was one of two people in the Bible who was embalmed; the other person was his father Jacob. Genesis 50:2 states: "And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father: and the physicians embalmed Israel."
"And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen."
John 1:1 implies the author's purpose in writing the book, to affirm Jesus as a deity: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." John goes on to briefly comment on John the Baptist, who was considered Jesus's predecessor, before recounting Jesus's miracles.
"Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the Lord of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the Lord of hosts."
The prophecies in Zechariah's Old Testament book implored those returning from exile to seek and obey God. The last verse, Zechariah 14:21, identifies the Canaanite of the merchant class, who often brought goods to the temple.
"Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him."
Luke, who is the author of Acts, is referring to Apostle Paul in the last verse. All throughout the book, Luke offers a history of the early church. Luke often emphasizes how the first Christians managed to endure in spite of terrible persecution from both Jews and Gentiles.
"But thou hast utterly rejected us; thou art very wroth against us."
Lamentations is a reflection on the purpose of human suffering. The book's theological resources assist believers with understanding and coping with suffering and its effects. The last verse, Lamentations 5:22, concludes a prayer for restoration.
"For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil."
The author of Ecclesiastes is Solomon, who wrote the book at the end of his life. In the book, Solomon demonstrates a renewed commitment to faith in God, which is to serve as an example to others who desire a favorable judgment.
"It was round about eighteen thousand measures; and the name of the city from that day shall be, the Lord is there."
Although God left Jerusalem, "the city," due to the wickedness of the Israelites, prophet Ezekiel envisioned God's return to the land and temple. In general, Ezekiel's book speaks of the restoration of God's people after they'd undergone a period of wickedness and sin.
"And Eleazar the son of Aaron died; and they buried him in a hill that pertained to Phinehas his son, which was given him in mount Ephraim."
Lessons in the Old Testament book of Joshua served as reminders to the children of Israel of the importance of demonstrating faith in one's everyday activities. The last verse of the book refers to Aaron's son Eleazar, who was instrumental in dividing Israel's inheritance in the land of Canaan.
"And David built there an altar unto the Lord, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the Lord was intreated for the land, and the plague was stayed from Israel."
A burnt offering was required to atone for unintentional sin, while the peace offering was an optional gesture of worship. The book of 2 Samuel chronicles events that occurred after King Saul's death until the end of King David's reign.
"Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the Earth hath the Lord God of heaven given me; and he hath charged me to build him an house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all his people? The Lord his God be with him, and let him go up."
In 2 Chronicles 36:23, King Cyrus admits that he secured sovereignty through God, who also instructed him to restore the temple at Jerusalem. Cyrus is also responsible for allowing the Jews to go to their own country.
"But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days."
In Daniel 12:13, an angel of God informs prophet Daniel that he is to persist "till the end" of his life, at which time he would perish (rest). Daniel's prophetic words in his Old Testament book offered hope to God's people who were forced to live in the midst of unrighteousness among Gentiles.
"Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? Prudent, and he shall know them? For the ways of the Lord are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein."
In his last verse, prophet Hosea suggests that wise people will opt to submit to the ways of God while fools will disregard God's ways and ultimately stumble. In general, prophet Hosea frequently warned of imminent judgment.
"For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the Lord dwelleth in Zion."
"For I will cleanse their blood" refers to God's promise to forgive his children of their sins. Prophet Joel's book invited God's people to repent of their wickedness. Joel's teachings also served to comfort steadfast believers.
Obed was Ruth's son and grandfather to David, king of Israel. Ruth was a Moabite and daughter-in-law of Naomi, who was an Israelite. King David, as well as his predecessors, are included in the lineage of Jesus.
"For he served Baal, and worshiped him, and provoked to anger the Lord God of Israel, according to all that his father had done."
Just as his father, Ahab, had encouraged the worship Baal, so did King Ahaziah; therefore, Ahaziah also "provoked to anger the Lord God of Israel." Among other things, the book of 1 Kings communicates the sinful nature of the biblical kings.
"All these had taken strange wives: and some of them had wives by whom they had children."
Israelites who had children by strange wives still separated from them, thereby adhering to the instructions of Ezra the priest as recorded in Ezra 10:11: "...make confession unto the Lord...and separate yourself...from the strange wives." Ezra's book offers teachings for the returning Israelites.
"And for the wood offering, at times appointed, and for the firstfruits. Remember me, O my God, for good."
Nehemiah 13:30 explains the central figure's motives for his actions in the next and final verse of the book: "Thus cleansed I them from all strangers, and appointed the wards of the priests and the Levites..." Nehemiah attempted to establish righteousness through acts of cleansing and sacrifice.
"And his allowance was a continual allowance given him to the king, a daily rate for every day, all the days of his life."
Jehoiachin, king of Judah, is referenced in 2 Kings 25:30, which concludes the story of Jehoiachin's release from captivity by "that Evil-merodach king of Babylon," as confirmed by 2 Kings 25:27. Second Kings continues to chronicle events of the divided kingdom that 1 Kings starts.
"And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the Lord thy God."
The last verse of Amos describes God's restoration of his people in their land. Divine justice is the theme of the prophet's book; Amos implores Israelite leaders to repent and follow a path of righteousness in order to comply with God's equitable plan.
"And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the Lord's."
"The mount of Zion" is fallen Judah, "the mount of Esau" represents the arrogant descendants of Esau. According to Obadiah 1:21, God allowed that Judah be delivered of saviors and that Judah's enemies be punished.
"And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?"
In Jonah 4:11, God asks Jonah if Nineveh should be spared. Through Jonah, God makes the case that human beings are spiritually immature and "cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand." If God extends mercy to cattle, then why would God not pity humans?
"The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments."
"The Lord God is my strength" echoes Psalm 18:32, "It is God that girdeth me with strength...," and Psalm 18:39, "For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle..." The book of Habakkuk questions God's righteousness and ends acknowledging God's sovereignty.
"At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the Earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the Lord."
The last words of Zephaniah's last verse, "saith the Lord," emphasize God's formal vow to restore his people. Zephaniah's book warns God's people of severe punishment and judgment of the nations.
"In that day, saith the Lord of hosts, will I take thee, O Zerubbabel, my servant, the son of Shealtiel, saith the Lord, and will make thee as a signet: for I have chosen, saith the Lord of hosts."
Zerubbabel was governor of Judah and highly favored of God, according to Haggai 2:23. The purpose of the book of Haggai, which is one of the Old Testament's shortest books, was to compare disobedient acts with righteousness.
"And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the Earth with a curse."
Malachi 4:6 is the last verse of the Old Testament, and it serves as a warning. Malachi is full of questions and repetitions. The book starts by illustrating Edom as barren land, and it ends with a prophecy of Israel's demise.
"And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen."
The gospel of Mark gives an account of Jesus's life and portrays him as a divine son of God. In Mark 16:20, "preached everywhere" is a follow-up to an earlier instruction offered in Mark 16:15: "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature."
"And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen."
Luke 1:3 mentions that the words of his gospel were crafted for a high-ranking official named Theophilus. The last verse, Luke 24:53, completes Luke 24:52; both verses allude to how believers would meet in the temple after Jesus's ascension.
"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen."
Second Corinthians 13:14 concludes the book and Paul's message to the Corinthians. Paul's main purpose in writing the epistle was to defend his ministry. He also included instructions concerning the poor saints of Jerusalem.