Word Counts: How Many Times Does a Word Appear in the Bible

The table below gives some word counts for four popular versions of the Bible. There is no single correct way to translate the ancient Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek Bible manuscripts into English.   The grammar, structure, and style of those languages are very different from English, and a literal word-for-word translation is not possible.  Therefore, the number of times a particular word appears is usually different for each version of the Bible.

Word KJV Old Testament KJV New Testament NIV Old Testament NIV New Testament
Believe 19 124 21 139
Brother 252 115 219 108
Covenant 272 20 264 33
Christ 0 555 0 530
Faith 2 245 16 254
Father 627 352 692 390
Forgive 28 28 42 32
God 3090 1354 2725 1244
Grace 39 131 8 123
Hate 71 16 63 17
Heart 725 105 489 81
Heaven 327 255 186 236
Hell 31 23 0 14
Jesus 0 983 0 1273
Joy 102 63 155 63
Light 177 95 139 93
Lord 7234 712 7143 618
Love 131 179 319 232
Mary 0 54 0 57
Messiah 2 0 0 2
Mother 159 86 152 85
Music 0 0 87 3
Praise 222 26 299 41
Pray 245 68 48 73
Remember 121 27 130 36
Sin 336 112 347 127
Wealth 25 2 99 18
Wisdom 181 53 166 52

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8 Responses to Word Counts: How Many Times Does a Word Appear in the Bible

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  2. judy Darden says:

    how many times is the word “ready” in the KJV bible

  3. Skip says:

    Where’s truth?

  4. Randall says:

    So, in your count you don’t have the word LAW! Why not? Is it because you don’t want to keep it and therefore believe that it is or was done away with? The LAW is still in effect today as it has been for all time! I also disagree with your statement on getting a correct or even close translation from Hebrew, Aramaic to English!

    • This list doesn’t claim to be any sort of comprehensive list or even a list of important words in the Bible, or anything like that. It’s just more of an example of an idea. I’m sure anyone could easily find out using google how many times any word appears. We have a long list of articles we’re working on, or we would add to it now, but will make a note to add some words to it.

    • Pamela Hendrickson says:

      The beginning says, “Here are some word counts.” It does not say, “Here is a count of every important word.” Do not make accusing assumptions just because one word you thought of was not in the sample.

  5. Nane Southern says:

    How many times do the word why mention in bible

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