What is the shortest verse? Someone asked me and i did not have an answer

In the tenach? In the chumash?

How about second to shortest.

How did you find it?

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    It's at least a 4 way tie: לא תרצח. לא תנאף. לא תגנב. לא תרצח. How are you measuring length by the way? Letters? Words? Trop clauses? Syllables?
    – Double AA
    Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 12:11
  • @DoubleAA all ways
    – hazoriz
    Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 12:25
  • This is not according to all versions. There is the Taam Tachton in which all 4 are 1 passuk. Commented Nov 5, 2018 at 16:48

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I googled “הפסוק הקצר ביותר" and followed the first two hits.

1 Divrei Hayomim 1 (1)

אָדָ֥ם שֵׁ֖ת אֱנֽוֹשׁ:

Beraishis 26 (6)

וַיֵּ֥שֶׁב יִצְחָ֖ק בִּגְרָֽר:

Beraishis 49 (18)

לִֽישׁוּעָֽתְךָ֖ קִוִּ֥יתִי ה':

Interestingly, the two-word pesukim mentioned by DoubleAA were not listed. See Shemos 20 (13) where they are listed as one possuk.

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    In what way are the latter two shorter than ובני דן חשים?
    – Joel K
    Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 12:23
  • Not all the verse I cited are in Shemot 20 (not that the modern invention of chapter or verse numbers is Halakhically relevant at all)
    – Double AA
    Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 12:31
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    @DoubleAA Verse “numbers” may be a relatively modern invention but the division of verses -where they begin and end- is a dispute in Nedarim 37a-b whether or not they are Halachah LeMoshe MiSinai. (Ra”n ibid. interprets ha’pessukim as the ‘periods’. On the topic, I’d be grateful if you can explain how/if Ra”n differentiates bet. pessukim and pissuk ta’amim.)
    – Oliver
    Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 13:56
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    The two-word pesukim are only counted separately in Ta’am Elyon; in Ta’am Tachton, which the traditional numbering follows, they are indeed counted together.
    – DonielF
    Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 14:36
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    @Doniel I want to use semantics which aren't false given their common meaning. Your comment implies some Judaism basis for preferring not counting them as verses.
    – Double AA
    Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 16:23

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