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Bible Word Count
by
Vaughn Aubuchon

What is the Bible about?
Perhaps we can get an idea, by comparing word counts. I ignored common words like the, he, it, and, thee, ye, etc.

I checked these words on the Bible Word Search function at
www.biblegateway.com. I used the default Bible search which is for NIV - the New International Version. You can search the words of 54 different versions of the Bible. I can already see that there are many word differences between the NIV and KGV (King James Version). If you are in doubt, perform the searches on the site yourself.

Be careful where you search. The
NIV shows ZERO for begat, but the King James shows 139. There are many "rewordings" of the Bible, created over 2000 years. 54 are listed here.

300

140

Word
Occurrance
Category

How
Common?

.
How Many?

1. HIGH frequency

VERY Common

More than 1,000

2. MED. Frequency

Common

Less than 1,000

3. LOW Frequency

Less common

Less than 100

4. NO MENTION

Nonexistent

NONE

5. CATHOLIC Words

Nonexistent

NONE

54 English Bible Versions

190

120

140

.
Bible Words Frequency

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1. HIGH
Frequency Words = over 1,000 mentions

Word
Total
# of Times
NIV

Comments

1
NIV
2
KJV
Old
Test.
New
Test.

Lord

6,749

6,781

6,114
635

-

God

3,995

4,094

2,678
1,317

-

said
3,071
3,619
2,196
875

-

king
2,552
2,504
2,289
263

-

Israel
2,431
2,318
2,344
87

-

son
2,544
2,701
2,176
368

-

"do not"
1,479
149
982
497

BIG Difference*

land
1,368
1,533
1,315
53

-

sin
1,364
1,016
951
413

-

 Jesus

1,310

942

0
1,310

Very NT

Notes :
OT = What the Jews wrote
NT = What the Greeks wrote
* = Same site, same search in quotes
.

90

50

50

50

50

150 - 450




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2. MEDIUM
Frequency Words = <1,000 mentions

Word
Total
# of Times
NIV

Comments

NIV
KJV
Old
Test.
New
Test.

David

974

881

920
54

Very OT

priest
864

503

703
161

-

Judah

804

756

795
9

Very OT

Moses

803

804

718
85

Very OT

Jerusalem
801

956

655
146

-

love
686

442

425
261

-

Egypt
674

604

645
29

Very OT

temple
627

191

507
120

Why the difference?

heaven
622

691

346
276

-

spirit
563

501

193
370

-

holy
551

671

353
198

-

prophet
477

455

320
157

-

Christ

469

537

0
469

Very NT

death
465
456
320
145

-

wicked
469

413

433

36

Very OT

kill
445

216

339
106

Why the difference?

gold
441

463

394
47

-

evil
430

657

333
97

Why the difference?

priests
414

375

414
85

-

sword
406

443

373
33

Very OT

war
399

1,225

325
74

Why the difference?

blood
392

415

307
85

-

pray
367

513

202
165

-

Jacob

363

345

338
25

Very OT

dead
358

338

201
157

-

Saul

355

354

326
29

Very OT

kingdom
347

369

192
155

-

fear
336

501

268
68

Why the difference?

power
335

275

200
235

-

Solomon

272

274

262
10

Very OT

commanded
266

526

244
22

Very OT

worship
254

188

179
75

Why the difference?

Joseph

248

229

206
42

Very OT

Philistine
248
244
248
0

Very OT

Pharaoh
245
240
240
5

Very OT

Paul

239

160

0
239

Very NT

Abraham

235

230

159
76

-

idol
223
119
192
31

Very OT

righteousness
213
307
136
77

-

obey
206
115
162
44

-

Jews
200
244
69
131

-

heal
190
160
72
118

Became more popular

unclean
203
188
161
42

Very OT

Peter

178

160

0
178

Very NT

chariot
154

153

149
5

Very OT

prayer
154

128

93
61

-

sabbath
154

147

96
58

-

shame
147

217

124
23

-

Isaac

129

123

110
19

Very OT

lie
128

902

114
14

search problem

hate
127

179

141
38

Why the difference?

sacred
126
0
119
7

Very OT

tabernacle
125

327

111
14

Why the difference?

chosen
121

119

83
38

-

salvation
114

158

74
40

-

Notes :
OT = What the Jews wrote
NT = What the Greeks wrote
.

90

45

45

40

40

200 - 450




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3. LOW
Frequency Words = <100 mentions

Word
Total
# of Times
NIV

Comment

NIV
KJV
Old
Test.
New
Test.
lies
98

251

95
3

Very OT

angels
96

92

14
82

Very NT

soul
95

496

72
23

Why the difference?

blessing
94

73

81
13

Mostly OT

murder
80

37

52
28

-

eternal
79

47

13
66

-

messiah
74

2

0
74

Very NT

Daniel

73

73

72
1

Very OT

Simon

73

71

0
73

Very NT

wound
65
73
57
8

-

saviour
0
39
0
0

Very NT

prophecy
58
21
41
17

Why the difference?

Noah

56

66

48
8

OT

Isaiah

55

32

33
22

-

amen
54

179

25
29

Why the difference?

Mary

52

46

0
52

Very NT

Satan

47

49

14
33

-

Caesar

45

41

0
45

Very NT

adultery
45

33

23
22

-

resurrection
43

40

0
43

Very NT

lust
31

65

23
8

Why the difference?

miracle
30

37

11
19

NT more frequent

vengeance
29

39

29
0

Very OT

breasts
25

27

23
2

Very OT

circumcision
23

34

4
19

-

baptism
21

23

0
21

Very NT

Hebrews
19

21

17
2

Very OT

revelation
18

12

6
12

Very NT

Rome
16

19

0
16

Very NT

Festus

15

13

0
15

Very NT

hell
15

55

0
15

Why the difference?

born again
3

149

0
3

Very NT

Christian
3

3

0
3

Very NT

lake of fire
2

511

0
2

Very NT

virgin mary

2

78

0
2

Catholic deification

harlot
1

48

40
8

Why the difference?

martyr
1

3

0
1

-

heathen
1

145

0
1

Why the difference?

Notes :
OT = What the Jews wrote
NT = What the Greeks wrote
.

90

45

45

40

40

200 - 450




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4. Nonexistent - zero words (alphabetical)*

Word
Total
# of Times
NIV

Comment

NIV
KJV
Old
Test.
New
Test.
begat
0
139
0
0

139 in King James

Elohim

0

0

0
0

-

fornication
0
35
0
0

35 in King James

Jehovah

0

7

0
0

7 in King James

peni$
0
0
0
0

Taboo* (foot)

saint
0
98
0
0

98 in King James

vagin@
0
0
0
0

Taboo* (garden)

wh0re
0
65
0
0

65 in King James

.
No Sense of Humor

funny
0
0
0
0

Too serious?

humor
0
0
0
0

Too serious?

joke
0
0
0
0

Too serious?

tickle
0
0
0
0

Too serious?

laugh
38
38
32 -----> 6

NT got more serious

Notes :
OT = What the Jews wrote
NT = What the Greeks wrote
* For TABOO words, there are MANY euphemisms, discussed in long, comprehensive Internet articles.
.

90

45

45

40

40

200 - 450




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5. Catholic Words - zero words (alphabetical)

Word
Total
# of Times
NIV

Comment

NIV
KJV
Old
Test.
New
Test.
beatitude
0
0
0
0

C.C.

catechism
0
0
0
0

C.C.

crucifix
0
0
0
0

C.C.

Eucharist
0
0
0
0

C.C.

hail Mary
0
0
0
0

C.C.

hyperdulia
0
0
0
0

C.C.

immaculate
0
0
0
0

C.C.

indulgence
0
0
0
0

C.C.

last rites
0
0
0
0

C.C.

make the sign
0
0
0
0

C.C.

monk
0
0
0
0

C.C.

mother of God
0
0
0
0

C.C.

nun
0
0
0
0

"son of Nun" only

original sin
0
0
0
0

C.C.

penance
0
0
0
0

C.C.

purgatory
0
0
0
0

C.C.

rosary
0
0
0
0

C.C.

sacrament
0
0
0
0

C.C.

stations
0
0
0
0

C.C. (of the cross)

triad
0
0
0
0

C.C.

trinity
0
0
0
0

C.C.

unction
0
0
0
0

C.C.

venial sin
0
0
0
0

C.C.

virgin Mary
0
0
0
0

C.C.

Notes :
CC = Catholic Construct, not in the Bible
OT = What the Jews wrote
NT = What the Greeks wrote
If the Catholic Bible is the Word of God, then why are these IMPORTANT Catholic words NOT present? Because they were INVENTED LATER, by the Catholics? Yes.
.

Being a Protestant, I have issues with Catholicism -
Martin Luther responded to THESE issues -

Catholic Inventions to Their Detriment
Idol Worship - Statues, crucifixes, relics, saints
Confession to priests - NOT biblical - Mind control
Bible is forbidden book - Total thought suppression
Fancy Robes, Gold, Velvet - Where is the humility of Jesus?
Denial of Science - Stars were created on the 4th day
Sexual repression and resultant perversion - Priests and nuns
Guilt, Fear and Subjugation as a way of life
Unlimited procreation, with no regard to poverty
.

120

45

45

40

40

160 - 450




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54 ENGLISH Bible Versions
The following Bible Versions can be searched
at
www.biblegateway.com

#
Abbr.
Bible Version

Year

.
Comment

1

AKJV

Authorized King James

1999

-

2

AMP

Amplified Bible

1965

-

3

AMPC

Amplified Bible, Classic Ed.

1987

-

4

ASV

American Standard version

1901

-

5

BRG

BRG Bible

1899

Blue, Red, Green

6

CEB

Common English Bible

2011

-

7

CEV

Contemporary English

1995

-

8

CJB

Complete Jewish Bible

1998

OT only

9

DBY

Darby Translation

1890

-

10

DLNT

Disciples' Literal NT

2002

NT only

11

DRA

Douay-Rheims 1899 American Ed.

1899

-

-

12

ERV

Easy-to-Read Version

1989

-

13

ESV

English Standard (5)

#5 popularity

14

ESVUK

ESV Anglicised

-

15

EXB

Expanded Bible

-

16

GNT

Good News Translation

-

17

GNV

1599 Geneva Bible

-

18

GW

God's Word Translation

-

19

HCSB

Holman Christian Standard B.

2004

-

20

ICB

International Children's Bible

-

21

ISV

International Standard Version

2011

-

22

JUB

Jubilee Bible 2000

-

23

KJV

King James Version (2)

1611

#2 popularity

24

KJ21

King James, 21st Century

-

25

LEB

Lexham English Bible

-

26

MEV

Modern English Version

-

27

MOUNCE

Mounce Reverse Interlinear
New Testament

-

28

MSG

The Message

2002

-

-

29

NABRE

New American Bible (Revised)

-

30

NASB

New American Standard Bible

-

31

NCV

New Century Version

-

32

NET

New English Translation

-

33

NIRV

New International Reader's

-

34

NIV

New International Version (1)

1978

Most Popular

35

NIVUK

New International Version - UK

-

36

NKJV

New King James Version (4)

1982

#4 popularity

37

NLT

New Living Translation (3)

1996

#3 popularity

38

NLV

New Life Version

1986

-

39

NOG

Names of God Bible

-

40

NRSV

New Revised Standard Version

1989

-

41

NRSVA

New Revised Standard, Anglicised

-

42

NRSVACE

New Revised Standard Version
Anglicised Catholic Edition

-

43

NRSVCE

New Revised Standard Version
Catholic Edition

-

-

44

OJB

Orthodox Jewish Bible

OT only

45

Phillips

J.B. Phillips NT

1958

NT only

46

RSV

Revised Standard Version

1952

-

47

RSVCE

Revised Standard Version,
Catholic Edition

-

48

TLB

The Living Bible

1971

-

49

TLV

Tree of Life Version

2014

-

50

VOICE

The Voice

2008

-

51

WE

Worldwide English

NT only

52

WEB

World English Bible

now

-

53

WYC

Wycliff Bible

1380

-

54

YLT

Young's Literal Translation

1862

-

Notes :
The word frequencies are DIFFERENT for each of the 54 Bible translations.
This page compares the word frequency of the top 2 Bibles - NIV and KJV, using the data from www.biblegateway.com.

Wikipedia lists
105 English Bible Translations.

Disclaimer:
The biggest problem with this method is that all the searches are for "character strings", which produces erroneous data. The discrete root word is found, but also all occurrences within other words.

For example, a search for "pray" would include prays, prayed, praying, etc. For "lie", you get lie, believe, etc.

30

50

200 - 450

40

130 - 450



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