How does a text that is divided into lines of 15 syllables look? This is demonstrated using a Gospel and an epistle as examples, in which:

The Greek New Testament as text basis

The best available text is the Greek New Testament (GNT, 4th/5th edition, 1993/2014):

Copyright-notice: The Greek New Testament, Fourth Revised Edition, edited by Barbara Aland, Kurt Aland, Johannes Karavidopoulos, Carlo M. Martini, and Bruce M. Metzger in cooperation with the Institute for New Testament Textual Research, Münster/Westpha­lia, © 1993 Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, Stuttgart. Used by permission / Wiedergabe mit freundlicher Genehmigung der Deutschen Bibelgesellschaft. <>.
The text of the two samples, Mark and Ephesians, was derived from the electronic version prepared by and used with permission from Linguist’s Software. It is available in normal format at: <>.

Colometry and stichometry

The two sample texts are placed side by side in two different ways:

Colometrical presentation (left side)

The number of lines is supposed to correspond the number of stichoi, therefore:

Direct speech and quotations are important stylistic features indicating the structure of a text:

Chapters and verses are indicated on the left in a separate column:

Stichometrical presentation (right side)

The line count on the left margin refers to the whole book:

The paragraph is the basic unit of the text:

Each line of the text has 15 syllables, with the following exceptions:

The right column combines the structure of contents with the stichometrical data:

An additional subdivision is seen in this right column in paragraphs of at least 8 stichoi:

Deviations from the GNT text

The paragraphs are to reflect the structuring of the contents and the formal disposition:

The punctuation of the GNT has occasionally been changed for exegetical reasons:

Only very seldom was the wording of the GNT changed due to textual criticism: