How many times do various words appear in the Bible?

by Matt Slick

Occasionally, people ask how many times words appear in the Bible. Below is a table showing some common words as they appear in four different Bible translations. The reason for the differences in counts has to do with the variations in which certain words can be translated to another language. For example, in Spanish to say "I'm hungry" would be "yo tengo hambre."  Literally, it is "I have hunger." We translate that into the English as "I am hungry," or "I'm hungry."  Either one is correct. But if we were to do a word count on the word "am" we would find that one translation (I am hungry) would have more occurrences than another (I'm hungry). It is primarily this kind of translation issue that results in a differences in the number counts.

WORD ESV KJV NASB NIV
Apostle 78 79 77 85
Baptize, Baptized, Baptism, Baptizing 73 74 71 71
Christ 535 573 534 543
Condemn, Condemned, Condemnation 70 59 63 79
Crucify, Crucified 53 53 52 52
Damn, Damnation, Damned 0 3 0 0
Deacon, Deacons 5 5 5 4
Death 443 376 466 454
Demon, Demons 80 0 80 82
Devil, Devils 34 116 34 36
Disciple, Disciples 269 273 272 296
Elder, Elders, eldership 201 199 206 195
Forgive, Forgiven, Forgiveness, Forgiving 134 119 141 150
God 4691 4717 4646 4691
Heaven, Heavens 734 739 671 632
Hell 14 54 13 14
Holy Spirit, Holy Ghost 93 HS/7, HG/90 93 94
Jesus 966 984 987 1275
Judge, judges, judging, judgment, judgments 467 733 519 393
Law, Laws, Lawful 464 506 462 593
Lucifer 0 1 0 0
Moses 852 848 852 847
Redeem, Redeemable, Redeemed, Redeemer, Redeeming 141 139 122 128
Repent, Repentance 69 106 73 74
Righteous, Righteousness 567 555 619 545
Salvation 173 164 160 122
Sanctify, Sanctified, Sanctification 40 141 65 16
Satan 54 56 54 54
Sin, sins, sinning, sinned 763 749 751 930
Tabernacle 108 358 131 124
 
 

About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.