How Many Words Are There in the Bible?

How many words in the bible?
When it comes to calculating the number of words in the Bible, it’s not as straightforward as it might first appear. The problem is there are hundreds of different translations of the Bible, and each one has a different number of words, so the answer depends on which bible you’re actually referring to. That being said, if you are looking for a general answer, it’s probably best to use one of the most common versions, such as the King James Bible.

How many words are there in the Bible?

The King James Authorized Bible has 783,137 words. How many words is that? If you can type at 60 words a minute, it would take you just over 217 and a half hours to retype the entire Bible. Can you imagine how long type-setting must have taken in the early days of printing?

As for the number of letter characters in the Bible, the total count is a staggering 3,116,480. Small wonder that in the days of movable type a lot of printing errors were made. In the notorious “Wicked Bible'” the word “not” was accidentally omitted from the commandment “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” Three little letters can make a huge difference in meaning.

While 783,137 words and 3,116,480 may seem to be a lot, there are others with even more. The Catholic Bible has an even higher word count because it has seven books more than the protestant Bible. Are you wondering why?

Martin Luther felt that seven of the books accepted as part of the Old Testament at the time were not quite up to scratch since the 90 AD Jewish Council of Jamnia had rejected them. Luther reasoned that the Old Testament was Jewish, and, therefore, shouldn’t include anything that Jews didn’t accept.

Chapters and verses: finding your way around

There are 66 books in the Bible, and before the 12th century, they weren’t divided into chapters. This innovation was brought about by a man named Stephen Langton, and it made finding your way around a lot easier. All in all, the Bible has 1,189 chapters, but it was still quite difficult to get “on the same page” when studying the Bible. So in 1551, Robert Estienne came up with the idea of numbering verses. There are 31,102 of them, and the shortest one is John 11:35 “Jesus wept,” while the longest is in the book of Esther and consists of 78 words.

What’s in a name?

A lot of the names we give to children have biblical origins. How many people named “Mark” or “John” do you know? Now think of all the “Marys” you’ve met in your time. Of course, some names have fallen out of grace for good reasons. Being called “Judas” would be a bad start in life for any boy. “Mahershalalhashbaz” is the longest name in the Bible, and fortunately for us, it has fallen out of fashion.

Some more wordy facts for fun

There are, of course, only 10 commandments which Jesus neatly summed up into two really comprehensive ones, but if you count commands instead of commandments, you’d come up with a total of 6,468. Is anyone in the mood for checking this fact? There are even more predictions – 8,000 of them – and a sum total of 1,260 promises.

Questions are certainly asked. If you were to flip through your Bible counting question marks, you’d find 3,294, but now that I’ve told you how many there are, you can save yourself the trouble.

The Bible has one Central Character, who is referred to as “God” 4,094 times and as “Lord” 6,781 times.

Looking for the longest book in the Bible? Look no further than Psalms, a book that also includes the longest chapter in the Bible: Psalm 119, which has more words than any other chapter. For those who are looking for a lot of information in a very short book, 3 John is recommended reading; it has the lowest word count of all the books in the Bible.

So who wrote all this in the first place?

Christians believe that the Bible was inspired by God, but if you would like to find out how many human authors were involved, you will find that there is some debate as to who actually wrote what. In general, authorities believe that the Bible was written by 80 authors.

How many copies of the Bible have been printed?

Nobody really knows the answer to this question, but the Bible Society estimates that since 1812, over 5 billion Bibles have been printed. Other experts differ, but one thing is for certain, saying that “a lot” of bibles have been printed over the years would be an understatement.

Would you like to guess which country prints the most bibles? China comes in at number 1. There’s only one publishing house that’s allowed to print them, and in 2012, its 100 millionth Bible rolled off the presses.

A remarkable book

No other book in history has been as influential as the Bible. From its fascinating history to the debates around biblical matters that rage today. Whatever your opinions, one thing is absolutely certain: the King James Authorized Bible has 783,137 words.

(Photo courtesy of Robert)

  • Every word is God’s Word! I hope that everyone reads the Bible and learns how beautiful and wonderful God is. And if you don’t, you’re going to go to Hell.

    • If every word is the word of God, then why do different bibles have different word counts? Shouldn’t they all be the exact same?

      • Because it’s a translation. 🙂 The original books were written in Hebrew and Greek; so, it’s been translated differently to meet different needs. Some are word for word translations and some are phrase by phrase and some are a paraphrase. You should be mindful of how your Bible is translated. I don’t know any Hebrew but I know a smidgen of Spanish, so here’s an example: “Tu erres mi amore” = “You are my Love” or “I love you”. Both from what I understand are good translations. One is word for word and one is more of a translation of how we express the same thing in common English. 🙂

        • Well, if someone has translated it then it is no longer the word of God. It’s a translation (someone’s interpretation of the words meaning in their own language) of the words of God that may or not be accurate since nobody knows what God really meant by those words. Just saying…

          • When I read your comment I must interpret it. That is true about everything you read and hear. Understanding is not automatic. So does that mean you written comments here are not your words?

        • The number of words will depend on the language it is written in and the version of the bible you have. Every language has different versions and then also there might be comments so this will be a very hard question to answer.

        • Don’t forget that they were also written in Aramaic and probably Egyptian and also potentially in the languages of those that have conquered the Jews over the years.

    • What does wanting to know how many words there in the bible have anything to do with going to hell? You shouldn’t judge. It give all Christians a bad name.

    • Spoken like a true Christian. Just because someone doesn’t believe in your religion doesn’t mean your God who supposedly loves everyone is sending them straight to hell. I love you! Now be tortured for all eternity. How about instead of spreading your prejudice and judgement, you spread compassion, peace and humanity. I think we could use a little more of that these days.

  • Thank you for providing the word count for the bible. This was a question I had for my homework and I didn’t want to count all the words by hand. You made it so I had time to do other things over Christmas vacation!

  • Everyone should have to read the bible as part of their schooling. Young people would have a lot more morals if the facts like the bible were taught in school instead of theories like evolution. As a Christian Nation, we should be teaching our kids Christian values.

    • No they shouldn’t kids don’t learn from books they learn by example and if your a different religion you don’t really care about the catholic/Christian God

    • No, they shouldn’t. If you want to read the Bible, go to church. That’s what church is for. School is not for promoting your religious beliefs. How would you feel if Islam, Judaism and Scientology were all taught in schools? If you would object to these being taught, then you should also object to the Bible being taught as they are one in the same.

      • Lillian,
        You obviously don’t know your history or what’s going on now for that matter. Islam is being taught in many of our public schools in the name of understanding and diversity.
        And by the way, the first public schools in this nation were started by Christian churches.

        • There is a reason there is a separation between state and religion. The US is founded on freedom of religion, not “you must learn my religion.” Teaching the Bible in school is against the Constitution of the US. The only way you’d advocate that is if you believe the Constitution is wrong.

      • Lil
        It would be alright to teach anything in school or any where else, if it cannot be proven wrong. The trouble with teaching Islam or other religions is they can and have been proven not from God. The Christian bible is the only bible that has not been proven wrong or destroyed. It cannot be destroyed because God said it would be here until the end of time. It is the only book that tells us where we came from and where we are going and how to get there. No other book comes close to answering all the questions of man concerning salvation of our soul. The books of old are never pick up anymore and never tries to teach us how to get to heaven or any where else. Only the bible of the Christians does that. Two options are in the bible. Heaven or hell. My choice. al

        • Al,

          Prove to me how your particular God exists and I use the same reasoning to “prove” the existence of any other God. We are all atheists — you just happen to believe in one more God (out of the thousands of choices) than I do.

          • The proof is in prophecy, which can be historically verified that the predictions made were made before the events occur. Please reference the Septuigent (Greek translation) as a good ‘it existed in black and white by this date” and see the pinpoint accurate prophecies of the nations that would rise, the directs they would come from, the nature of them, the very day the messiah would come in as king (about 500 year prediction to the day accurate), how the messiah would die, who he would die with, how he would be tried, etc.

            But none of that will sway anyone, it’s never evidence that people reject the bible, it’s because they don’t want to worship God and admit their need for his free salvation he provided on the cross.

    • It’s a complete falsehood that we are a Christian nation. We are a nation that accepts all religious freedom, whether that comes from the Bible, the Koran, or any other religious book.

      • David
        When someone say we are a Christian nation, does not mean the government is Christian. It means most people believe in God and the bible way of morals and commands and laws. If you will check the Christian bible, our government was patterned after the form of government the people of God lived under. Now that has to mean something. The majority of people still believe in that form of government. Most people want the same thing the people of God wanted. The bible presents the best form of Government known to man. All else has failed, and Miserably. Why? They left God and His way of governing. Now if that dont mean we are a Christian Nation, then it certainly does’nt mean we are a Devil nation. You have to be one or the other, for there is no other kind of Government. God’s way or the devil’s way. Which are we??? You answer that one. I know which we are. But, there are sign we are going away from God and His way. Someday we just might be a devil’s government. It happen in the past and can happen again. Remember the world wide flood. Remember Sodom and them other cities. we can become an anti-God government. Elect more demon-crats and liberals, and we will be that devil government and incur the wrath of the God of Heaven and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. al

    • Wrong. The Bible does NOT teach morality. It teaches judgement and punishment. No child should be subjected to that until they enter the age of reason where they can make their own choices. If we waited to brainwash our children the number of religious people would absolutely plummet to near zero. Also evolution is a proven thing. See, if evolution was NOT proven it would be called the Evolutionary Hypothesis. A theory is something that has been proven to an extent, but we don’t have all the facts yet, but we have enough to understand that it works on most levels. So let’s not teach our children lies, thank you.

      • Yeah a theory is not a proven thing. Macro-evolution – the evolving of one species into a totally different species – has never been observed.

    • There are hundreds of different bible editions and each has a different word count. If you need to know for a specific bible version, go to your library and find the bible.

    • the number of words in the old testament can be found in numbers 1:46. KJV 603,550. counting the words
      starting with the first word in Genesis to the last word in Malachi a total of 602,582 add this to the number
      of books 39 and verses 929 total is the same as the number in numbers 1:46, 603,550.
      the total number of words in the old and new testament can be calculated from genesis 6:3. it is 100%

      • How did you come to this conclusion? What calculation are you referring to in Genesis 6:3 KJV And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for the he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

    • Because God is a God of numbers…Jesus said even the hairs of your head are all numbered…also there’s a”book of the Bible called “Numbers”…also what did God say to Abraham…If you can count(emphases added)the stars of heaven or the sand of the seashore…also even in the Book of Revelation the Spirit of God said”I heard the number of them(emphases added again)…numbers point to Jesus Christ because He is the creator of “all things”(including numbers(emphases added)…

  • How many words are in the Septuagint ? And, in the Greek New Testament,in the protestant one ?

    Thank you.

  • You stated under wordy facts for fun that Psalm 117 was the longest chapter in the Bible but actually it is the shortest. Psalm 119 is the longest. You also stated that the Gospel of John is has the lowest word count on any book in the Bible, but I am sure you meant 3 John. I enjoyed the article though. Have a blessed day!

    • in speaking of the word count in the book of john, i thought you might find this interesting.
      23684 % 1071 = 22.
      MARK, 15171 WORDS, 678 VERSES,
      15171 % 678 = 22.
      LUKE, 25944 WORDS, 1151 VERSES, 25944 % 1151 = 22.

      • Also there are 879 verses in the Gospel of John.There are 929 chapters in the Old Testament.922-879=50…so you can start at John 1vs 1 and it parallels all the way up to Malachi 4vs6 with John21 vs25.Now why is Genesis excluded because The Gospel of John was written to the church (and it’s all about who Jesus really is)…and if your in the church(the true church)we already know that Christ is the Creator.Also that’s why you read John…If you come away reading John and you don’t come to the conclusion that Christ is the Creator you missed the point of why John was written in the first place and John emphases this in the Book of John itself.

      • 23684 / 1071 = 22.1139122316 (rounded off as 22.)

        15171 / 678 = 22.3761061947 (rounded off as 22.)

        25944 / 1151 = 22.5403996525 (rounded off as 23.)

        These numbers aren’t the same. One wouldn’t even be rounded off as 22, like is said in your comment, but I suppose sometimes facts need to be twisted to make a point, when the point you’re making isn’t factual.
        And them being in the same vicinity makes total sense, considering a verse probably has an average amount of words to begin with and so dividing the amount of words by the verses would come to a similar number anyway.

        So yes, coincidence.

  • I command you not to worry about how many words are in the Bible, but to love your fellow man. As men, you can not into meaning of the words my Father wrote because you are fallible. When y try to interpret the words, you corrupt them with your own sins. You must love everyone, even those who you thin you hate (if you hate anyone, you don’t know word of God). The Bible’s words are God’s words, but the meaning behind these words can only be known to God…

  • I came here because I’m looking for information as to whether the different word counts of the bible change the meanings from bible to bible, and to what extent. Does anyone have information on this issue? I would guess that having a different number of words would change the meaning of each bible a little at a minimum. Have there been any studies that show how much the meaning of the words in the bible change depending on the number of words in each bible?

      BURY THEM,

  • You write: “The King James Authorized Bible has 783,137 words.”
    I wonder, does this include the Apocrypha?

  • I wrote this on another article about the number of pages in the bible, but it makes sense to post it here too. Why do Christians that bibles that have different numbers of words are the word of god? It’s obvious that humans have influenced what is written in these books or they would all be the same number of words. Since they don’t, it’s apparent that the bible isn’t the word of god, but the words of people.

    • Jack the original old testament Hebrew and the new testament greek are the original languages of the BIBLE. The word count remains constant in the original languages. Now if want to read the Bible in English, French, Spanish, German, or any other tongue than Hebrew or Greek their will be different amount of words for each language. It’s called TRANSLATION. A former post explained this. Some languages have masculine and feminine tenses. English is not the only language in the world. Being ignorant is one thing, but being obtuse is another.

      • Your argument might hold weight if the number of words in each different language had the same number of words, but this is not the case. In English, every major bible version has a different number of words. Even worse, different editions of the same version have different number of words — basically people changing the words as new additions come out. since it isn’t God changing them. before you begin name calling you might want to look in the mirror to see who is the one being ignorant and obtuse.

        1657 % 17 = PSALMS 97, JEREMIAH 31.

        • The Bible was actually mainly written in Hebrew and Greek, not King James English. So the real number is about 443,000 words of original language. So your numerology doesn’t work In these languages as they do in KJV. But here, I have a joke for you…. what language will be spoken in heaven? Answer: English of course because American would refuse to learn anything else. Lol 🤣

    • If someone else repeats what you wrote, are they still your words? Just because the language changes or it is written in a different style does not make the words any less yours. But you are correct in one sense, they are not the words of god, they are the words of God.

      • “I’m going to make a point.” could be interpreted as “I am making a point out of a substance.” or “I am indicating something with the words I’m using to make a point.”

        Tell me again how a translation can’t change the meaning or even erase the meaning of what you intended to say? How can they still be ‘your words’ when the meaning has been misinterpretation by someone trying to translate them?

        And even if most words have a counterpart in different languages, some do not. And even the ones that do, often have a slightly different semantic meaning or connotation from one language to the next. So saying the same sentence in one language can provoke a completely different response than it does in another and would likely have been said with different words if it had been originally said in that language. So…

        They’re not the ‘Words of God’ or the words of god.

  • “In God We Trust” are the only words that matter in the Bible. If you believe and trust in God, then everything will be fine and you will get to go to Heaven. That’s why our money has God’s word on it.

    • @holly

      You do realize that the words “In God We Trust” aren’t written anywhere in the Bible, don’t you? I think you may need to do a little more reading of the book before you start making comments about what’s in it and not in it. “In God We Trust” is written on US currency, not in the Bible.

      • You don’t know what you’re talking about. You should read the bible and you’ll see it’s there. Where to you think we got the phrase In God We Trust? It didn’t just come out of thin air. It came from God so we would TRUST Him.

        • You might want to reread your Bible. Maybe you should read it for the first time since your statement makes it sound like you have never opened the Book. “In God We trust” is nowhere in the Bible. You shouldn’t make arguments when you don’t have your facts correct.

    • When I see comments like this I wonder if the people who say they’re so much into God and the Bible actually have ever read what they claim to know so much about. Anyone who thinks that the words “In God We Trust” is written in the Bible has obviously never read the Bible. To go around preaching how great God and the Bible is without ever actually reading the book is pretty damn hypocritical.

      • You’re the one who hasn’t read the Bible. Where else would that come from? Only God. He wants us to TRUST Him so he made it the national motto of the US. It could only come from the Bible because it’s what God wants.

        • Holly,
          The concept of trusting God is certainly in the Bible. But what these other people are telling you is that the phrase “In God We Trust” is our national motto and printed on all US money but that phrase itself does not appear anywhere in the Bible.
          If you disagree, all you have to do is give book, chapter, and verse (please include the Bible translation you use) in your reply.
          Have a blessed day.

        • Wrong. Eisenhower added “Under God” to the pledge because he was super religious and wanted to separate the United States from the unholy image of the Nazis. The country’s original pledge has nothing to do with God whatsoever and it was never mentioned in the constitution. Seems like a silly thing for your little God to do anyway.

    • Hi Holly; You are on the right path the Bible does tell us to trust in the Lord, mainly in the Psalms. But perhaps not in the very words that are on your bank notes. The Bible does say not to argue about words, and anyone who claims to know there bible would be familiar with Matthew 7: Do not Judge or you too will be judged, For in the same way as you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
      There are vicious wolves out there ready to tear you down. surround yourself with Bible believing Christians who will show compassion. Find yourself a small fellowship that wants nothing from you but only to share the word of God with you to build you up in your faith.

  • 1Tim 4:10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.

    The enemy wants us to argue over the details and differences in each others interpretation. Divide and conquer.

    Jesus wants us to LOVE each other, as he loves us, we are to love one another. 🙂

    So regardless how many words each version or translation has. For all who seek to follow Jesus the word is LOVE. Love God, Love your neighbour, love your enemy… love everyone. Wow – so simple. If all people loved Jesus and all other people we would have heaven on earth today.

    Let’s do it! Let’s spread the love 🙂

    • You can do this without the bible. Why not do it because it’s the right thing to do and not because a book tells you to do it? I agree we should all do it, but we should do it because we know it’s the right thing to do, not because a book tells us to.

      • 2 Peter 1:21,For prophecy came not in old time by the will of man:but holy men of GOD spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

      • Hi Jacqueline, I agree it is the right thing to do and that we know it is the right thing to do, but how do we know it is the right thing to do.? From infants we are told what is right and what is wrong, and can you guess how many of those lessons come from the book that you do not want to believe in. The problem with the Bible is that it is the word of God, it is living and active and sharper than any double edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow, it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. I understand why people have there opinions about the Bible, if you believe in it then you must believe in the one it is about namely “God” and if you believe in God then you must believe in his Son Jesus: who is by the way the one who told everyone to love one another.
        “As i have loved you, so you must love one another” Believing in God is a commitment that some people are just not ready to make, the longer you put it of the longer you miss out on God’s blessings.

        • The Bible was created over a period of hundreds of years by a people who were focused on right behavior and how that meshed with their understanding of the world and how it came to be, so it is natural that it contains such wisdom and as such has immense value as a distillation of historical values which we have inherited much of. But it was also written in a culture where belief was king, and reason and evidence were an outside invention which often had to be purged in order to maintain the purity of the local culture.
          The problem I have with attributing divine intervention is that the Bible really contains nothing that cannot be discovered, reasoned, or invented by the human mind. Instead of a priori revelations it contains the best understanding of the world one group of people had thousands of years ago and thus at best prophecy was limited to extrapolating their world views onto the future, or worse written after the fact. Instead of divine consistency we see a book that has the be interpreted to figure out the finer points of what it’s saying (or else if you read it entirely literally you sometimes find a mess of conflicting and sometimes confusing verses) and from this the many sects of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity which all disagree on these interpretations even in good faith. It presents moral lessons which are good but also founded on tribalism, or the relationships of a relatively small group of people where a couple hundred thousand are a mighty nation, and thus its predictive and prescriptive powers are prone to fail when scaled to today’s global socioeconomic system.
          The Bible did not bring about equality for all people; Paul encouraged slaves to be obedient to their masters and Jesus said to render under Caesar’s what was his, neither rocked the boat on the current socioeconomic system and Jesus even went as far as to say his kingdom was not of this world. It also did nothing to promote acceptance of various types of people who nature has built differently and who only in recent times are starting to gain “as is” without caveat acceptance as individuals of worth due the same respect as others.
          The Bible did not bring about a better understanding of the world. Many old testament verses have been used by Flat Earther’s to “prove” their case, while even those verses which suggest the Earth is a globe are silent about our Sun’s place in the galaxy, and our galaxy’s place in the universe. It presents the beliefs common at the time regarding matter and life, and it promulgates the same type of creation story extant in the myths of other cultures at the time.
          The Bible has been used before the modern age as an effective tool by the ruling elite, whether it be the clergy, or the monarchy, for conserving their power and discouraging innovations which gradually occurred in spite of their efforts to erode that power. Emphasizing the very authoritarian concepts of God, obedience, and simple truths which must be believed to obtain salvation is a very clever human invention of control. But it does not and can not offer proof and only gives its word that what it says is true. Fortunately we now have better tools for testing many of these claims, and for separating the wheat from the chaff.

          • Andy, you write well. Have you read Christian Science text book ? Especially the scientific statement of being?

      • Indeed, love is a capacity to unite us with God & our neighboring people, and all creation by Him such as the nature. But, it is a capacity required us to be purified, empowered, revealed or reminded by the Holy Spirit, in order to be united in Him. Otherwise, we’ll be like a car without the gas, meaning not much capacity or power to love if we just rely on our own. For He who indwells in the Christians’ life is unlimited or omnipotent and greater than the world and our own ❤️ which sometimes could be from merely flesh and leads us to human inclination (limited and/or preferences).
        God knows our limited and/or biased capacity, so He gives us the Holy Spirit, as our personal Councilor, and indwells in whoever believes and invites Him into heart, soul, and mind.
        The purpose of the Holy Spirit is to teach, purify, reveal, empower, and unite all of the mankind, if we would just obey His commandments and jump on this car and test drive it, follow His instructions/commandments and love to follow Him all of our life. We shall see, hear, being led and revealed of things way beyond our own limitation or sinful inclinations imputed ages ago before we were born (PS 51, middle verses)…. I need Him everyday and every hour, for He through the Councilor (Holy Spirit) is my salvation and strength, or I’ll be wondering off easily due to our human sinful in libation and evil worldly influenced. We need the Councilor to experience each Christian Life as personal tourguide in the journey of life, for God is love, and love purifies, empowers, reveals, and unites us, depends on how we obey or respond to Him.
        Blessings to all.

    • How about we just love each other and treat each other with respect without the threat of eternity damnation and torture to urge us to do so. Do it because you want to, because you love your fellow man not because you are scared of your religion’s punishment. If you only do something because you’re scared of the consequence then it isn’t something you truly believe. You want the incentive you hypocritical ass.

      • Hi Anonynn;
        You are correct in saying that we should love one another and treat each other with respect not because we are told to but because we know it is right; If you know of a religion that threatens you with damnation and torture i would not have anything to do with them. The Christian faith is based on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ the son of God; Jesus encourages us to love one another and treat each other with respect, he does not threaten us with damnation he offers salvation. If you have not done so already I would encourage you to seek out a Bible believing Christian fellowship and study what the Bible really teaches.

      • Synononims are the opposite but just to justify ur comment lol I have been suffering and seen the fear that GOD himself can bring auditory Evilness through my eyes anonyims equal to my synonyms Correct nonjudgemental think about that

    • Amen! John 3:16 For God so Loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. He commands us to Love one another.

    • I am studying with a Jehovah Wittness. They are trying to get the whole world loving each other. The call God by his name Jehovah.
      I pray through Jesus Christ the son of God.

  • I was going to sit down and count all the words in the Bible, but now I don’t have to. But maybe I should to make sure your number is correct. Should I trust your number?

  • How does one actually go about counting the words in the Bible? I know someone didn’t sit down with a Bible in front of them and count each word individually. So, how did this number get found?

  • People, this is an estimate. There will be a lot to look at that will change the number, but if you take one version of the bible it is quite possible to get an accurate word count for it. Stop complaining and take the information for what it is.

  • I can’t believe all the religious crap that gets spewed for an article about how many words there are in the Bible. It’s a simple question incomes with the simple answer. Nobody cares about what your religious beliefs are when they come to this article. They’re just interested in learning how many words there are in the Bible. Keep your opinions about what religious means to yourself and focus on the question being asked.

  • All these comments make me feel bad for this country. The fact that so many people feel that it is appropriate to tell others how they should live and what they should believe when this country was founded on freedom of believing whatever you wanted and not what others told you to shows how many people don’t understand why those who were religiously persecuted King here in the first place. Now those who were persecuted are doing the same to those who don’t believe the same things they don’t or happen not to believe that all. And all because somebody wrote an article about how many words there are in the Bible. It’s shameful.

  • I would have guessed that the Bible had over 1 million words. I’m a little surprised that it only has 783,137 words. Still, that’s a lot. And because of the way it’s written, it takes a lot longer to read than a normal book.

    • Wow, I never knew the Bible had this much verses ..Although I thought it would be like a million words, 783,137 words are still a lot.

    • That’s because your brain is stumbling over the hypocrisy, it’s double speak and it’s constant contradictions.

      • 1 Peter 2:7-8,Unto you therefore which believe HE is precious:but unto them which be disobedient,the stone which the builders disallowed,the same is made the head of the corner,and a stone of stumbling,and a rock of offence,even to them which stumble at the word,being disobedient: where unto also they were appointed. 2 Timothy 2:15,Study to show thyself approved unto GOD,a workman that needs not to be ashamed,rightly dividing the word of truth. James 1:8,A double minded man is unstable in all his ways

  • I bet most people have never read the entire Bible. Seriously, who wants to read 3/4 of a million words on anything? Maybe if the Bible was a bit shorter, more people would actually read it.

  • Great to see information about the bible that is useful. People should know more about the Bible and how it pertains to their lives.

  • I was raised catholic and was an altar boy just like my older brothers.
    What an honor to serve in the house of the Lord.
    I kept God in my heart always. I knew good from evil and what was pleasing to God and what wasn’t.
    It was when I stopped fellowshipping with God that the conviction didn’t have the influence over me as much.
    God is a perfect gentleman and when we wonder off He let’s us know
    That He is always there for us. When we come back He welcomes us back with open arms.
    While we wonder off we are subject to attack and losses.
    I wondered most of my younger wild days and I still loved God but I did what pleased me not Him.
    One day I met a Christian woman and I married her.
    She took me to a well grounded church and I walked out saying
    Wow what is all this Holy Spirit stuff. Yep God brought me back.
    I began to read, ask 1000 questions, anything to know God.
    Then one day God impressed upon my heart to turn on am radio.
    Wait a minute I am a rock n roller, FM radio all the way.
    I listened to God and there t was wlvj family value station Boca Florida
    All day long. Preacher after preacher learning, learning, learning.
    God knows just how to feed us.
    At 3pm everyday there was a prophet in ft Lauderdale on and he put on the service from the night before and what I heard was from heaven
    I listened everyday and my faith and curiosity grew
    I said to my wife one day let’s go there.
    After we worshipped the prophet walked the isles and God healed and spoke to those in need of a word.
    Wow I was jumping out of my seat, my wife said I was imbarrasing her.
    But when the prophet said does anyone need prayer I would have jumped over the chairs to get there.
    I just got a cast off my foot and couldn’t climb ladders for weeks so I lost money in painting.
    He called my wife to be by my side and told me her name, yep I freaked out. He looked at me and said ‘God says you are having financial trouble, you get a check then you don’t get a check for a week or two.
    He asked what is wrong and I told him.
    Here comes the blessing, he said to my wife hang onto your husband cause the blessing will go into you and then into her.
    He said “God says you go home and pray and in three weeks God will give you the work that you need. He laid hands on me but I didn’t feel anything but my wife hit the floor and began to speak in toungues.
    She was bouncing all over the floor under the power of the holy spirit.
    Ready for my reaction the catholic turned christian.
    First I backed up in FEAR and shouted ‘What did you do to my wife’
    I was scared’ I never saw this before.
    Three weeks to the day when I got home from work I went to the answering machine and there was five jobs on it.
    From the start I got to see miracles and I kepted seeking God.
    After twenty five years I can say that the God of Israel, the God of the holy bible is the one and only true God.
    No other faith can prove the power of any other gods.
    It is the one that works, that’s the faith,
    Some faiths say that there faith has the same god but why does some faiths say to kill the Jews and Christians. Why would God say to do that
    To his children.
    Read the bible and quit arguing about it.
    It is Gods love letter to all of mankind.
    You can learn as much as you want about God but he first tells us to accept Jesus Christ his son and his forgiveness. God will put in you his spirit to live in you and he will lead you into all truth.
    As you study his word and pray God’s Holy Spirit will help you to understand what you are reading. See how smart God is, He has it all set up just trust him.
    Say Lord Jesus I want to know you
    I am a sinner and want to be forgiven,
    I believe you died for me and rose again for my sins to be forgiven
    Be my Lord and Savior and put your Holy Spirit in me
    Now help me to grow and live the life you offer and thank you for eternal life. God is love so love everyone. God loves purity so stay pure

    • I’ve never believed in God and most people would consider that I’ve lived a charmed life. Love comes from within you, not from some non existent external force. If you can learn that, then you can give love unconditionally without fear.

      • Why do you love? The things we consider good “morals” or good “values” come from the commandments in the bible. God put that love in you just like he put it in all of us, unfortunately most people these days choose not to love.

      • Pete, you’re dead right, love doesn’t come from some non-existent outside force, but from an all-powerful God who actually created all people (and things) from absolutely nothing. Why did He do that? He did it to love them and for them to love him. Read the bible and you’ll find that things went wrong through disobedience but God was unphased and put into place an amazing plan to put things right. This plan is available to all who will believe and put their trust in Him. There’s no other way than to accept that Jesus Christ is God’s solution.

      • For Pete’s sake if you don’t believe in God then why are you commenting on this post? How can you hate someone that doesn’t exist?
        Paintings have painters as Creation has a CREATOR!
        How foolish to believe you are here by accident, or that every organ in the body was by chance. The miracle of the eye alone is mind boggling! The fool says in his heart, there is no God!

          • Christianity is not a religion. It’s having a personal relationship with God Almighty

          • I agree in part. You defiantly are onto something. I think we need to be careful with that word religion. I agree that being religious (doing things out of our own strength) is defiantly not the way to Christ, but I don’t think it is fair to say that Christianity is not a religion. From my current understanding, Christianity itself is a religion, but being a Christian means you have a personal relationship with God. Being a Christian is not following a bunch of rules because you have to, but intentionally and actively engaging in a relationship with God.

          • Only one “religion” has a savior who died for our sins (that means your’s too Andrew) so that you and me may have eternal life with God. All other religions teach you to work for you own salvation. Which is false in that you cannot be pure enough, honest enough, holy enough to satisfy a perfect and holy God…that is why he gave his Son, Jesus Christ to sacrifice his perfect life for exchange with our imperfect, sin-riddled life. Give your life to Christ and he will explain all the other religious questions you have. Who the son sits free is free indeed.

          • Because you can verify for yourself that everything written in the bible is true. Let’s do some tests: have you repented of something you have done? Have you felt betrayed? Would you want to live forever? Do you know that the bible predicted some 2,800 years ago that Israel would become a nation again, prophesy fulfilled in 1945 a.d. possibly in your lifetime? All that is recorded in the Holy Bible, proving that God is true. Please, read it.

          • As a matter of fact, no, I do not want to live forever. Having a limited lifespan makes live much more valuable because then I know that when I die, I die. Sadly, that isn’t the case and I will have eternal life. Now I certainly don’t want to spend it in hell, which is why I have to take the only option left: heaven. In my opinion, it’s a shame that we get an afterlife because with an afterlife, life isn’t so precious.

          • Because if you follow the commands you will know. They work, and besides it’s historically accurate. All of the apostles who walked with Jesus were willing to die for him. They seen his miracles, and watched his life. They seen the resurrected person.

          • Can you point to any other religion having its deity(s) as actually behaving like a God? Norse, Greek, and Roman gods all behave like men – scheming, plotting, killing, and cruel. Buddha was a pious person, but was not a god nor considered himself one. Even though man was wretched in his unnatural state of sin, the Father still sent the Son – a perfect victim, a spotless victim – to die on the cross at Golgotha in an agonizing 9 hours of torture at the hands of pharisees (but actually carried out by the Romans). Did you know that Jesus’ death on the cross is referenced in psalms 22 (an old testament book which is a collection of songs by King David, Solomon, and others) and how lots are cast for his clothes? Matthew 27:35 describes this exact scene as well as the other three Gospels to varying degrees. This is one example of perhaps several hundreds of how the Old Testament directly links to the New Testament. Can you think of any other religion on earth that has done this? To continue, the Son of Man knows the acts and thoughts of every man past, present and future, and even suffered in the garden of Gethsemane witnessing every atrocity ever committed. Regardless, the Son freely and fully accepted His sacrifice on the cross and proved for eternity that God loves us profoundly – even at our absolute lowest. With the worst thing humanity has ever done to God, He turns the event on its head and makes it the best thing He has ever done for humanity. The Word made Flesh – that is to say God in human form – freely relegates Himself to an utterly humiliating and torturous death to a crowd of people that relished in this fact. He could’ve easily freed Himself and quite literally have nuked everyone but chose the former to show humanity He has not forsaken us. What other religions do you know of that can compare to a deed of this caliber? What better way to show your love for someone than to die for them? What about to die for the entire human race?

        • If he’s here it’s one of 2 things God has been drawing him in, or it is of Satan trying to Destory credibility. Either way it just gives even more proof of are all might God and the plans that are at Hand. GOD BLESS YOU ALL MY FELLOW BOTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST STAND FIRM IN THE FAITH AND KEEP FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT.

      • Pete: Do a cold case examination and you’ll find your idea of a non existent external force is unfounded and this contributes to your not believing in God.
        Please, kindly read the Holy Bible and have an open mind while doing this and think within you while reading faithfully, that a spark will engulf your body! My favorite in believing in him is what Jesus Christ once told us, “He that believith in me, thou he were dead, yet shall he live, And, whosoever believies in me, shall never die!” This quotation along with many others spoken by him
        Convinced countless of billions of people that he was the Messiah, the Son of God the father! Finally, if Love comes within in you, remember that Hate would also be within you, but, the Lord, Jesus Christ, never mentioned or used anything else but LOVE.
        I’m Pistol Pete Marovich II
        In good, old, America

      • Hello Pete, off course you have free will to believe or not, but the fact you have love inside it’s because somebody created it there!!. Other important thing is that generally speaking is not about what other people think about you , it’s about what a holy and pure God, that knows everything about you , thinks about you.. God bless you…LS

      • I am sorry I am late to write this reply. I am a strong believer in the existence of God. But here is a very simple logic for you: It is better to believe in God than not to believe in Him because you wont lose anything at the end of the day. This is called The Greatest Bet!!! Try it.

      • As a Christian, I agree. Love comes from within, not from God. Love may exist because of him, but that’s as far as I’m willing to take it because at the end of the day, we are the ones who love.

    • Glad you came back. By the way – catholic is christian. I can’t believe you didn’t know that since you were a altar server. Remember the lyrics of the song ” and they’ll know we are christians by our love, by our love. Yes they’ll know we are christians by our love. I was born and baptised christian and have been living my catholic faith for 68 years. May the peace of God be with you.

      • Dear Linda Pressler, it is not a religious denomination like Methodist, Catholic, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Mormon, Islam, Shintoism, Judaism, etc. that makes a person Christ follower. In fact, if Christ appeared to you in your bedroom, and you asked Him if He came to establish a religion, He would say that His Father told Him to establish an opportunity for a relationship with Father God through His salvation gift that He paid for by His death on the Cross, His burial, and His resurrection from death. NO religion on Earth can save any person nor can the Pope, a Pastor, a Preacher, a Rabbi, an Imam, a Guru, a Buddhist Monk, etc. Christ said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, and no one comes to the Father unless they come through me.” Christ never said that He was the sinless Savior of the Methodist church or Catholic church. He never aligned himself even with Judaism as the way to salvation. Christ is above and beyond our religious man devised denominations.

        • Yes you are right. Jesus is the way the truth and the life no one comes to the Father but through Him alone. The bible never mentioned praying to any saints who are dead in heaven.Exodus 20-4 and Leviticus 19-4
          And you cannot add and take away from the bible .

      • Linda, just a few hundred years ago living your catholic faith would mean reporting men like Michael (above) to the Office of the Inquisition who could be tortured in order to obtain a confession. In addition, your church has “infallibly” stated that “it is absolutely necessary for the salvation of every human creature to be subject to the Roman Pontiff,” and that otherwise, “not only pagans, but also Jews and heretics and schismatics cannot become participants in eternal life but will depart into everlasting fire.”

        Vatican Two contradicted that, yet present RC teaching is that Protestant churches are unworthy of the proper name “church,” and thus are referred to as “ecclesial communities.”

        Of-course, early Protestants also used the sword of men against theological opponents, which was one of the many things they needed to unlearn from Rome.

        However, unlike here, we do not foster faith in a church or preach we are the one true church, to whom all are to submit, while distinctive Catholic teachings are not manifest in the only wholly inspired substantive authoritative record of what the NT church believed (including how they understood the OT and gospels), which is Scripture, especially Acts thru Revelation.

        Google The Roman Deformation of the New Testament church

      • Read the fourth commandment, and then explain to me why your church instituted a day of worship call Sunday. God made the sabbath, holy on the seventh day of creation not the sixth.

        “Those who say they know me and keep not my Commandments are liars, and there are no truth in them”.

        There is nothing wrong with going to church on Sunday. There is no day recorded in the Bible as a day of worship worship is available to us 24/7.

    • I agree with all to what you said, my experience is similar but very different. Maybe a majority of people have a sabbatical leave of faith when they are young, looks like you did and I certainly did, but as you say God is always pulling us back towrds him. Like the prodigal son he welcomes us back always

    • Michael, what a strong, mighty name our God blessed you with! Very fitting for the man of God that He sees you as. He also says to tell you that He is doing a new thing in you. Something that will add even more to your testimony of who He is in your life & who He wants to be in those who are watching & listening to you. Do not fear, but trust in Him only. The Lord says, “The time has come to change your wine skin, for I Am about to fill it with My New Wine of My Spirit!”
      By the way, it was in the charismatic movement in the Catholic church that I was born again & received the Holy Spirit in 1973. Praise the Lord!!

    • God continue His blessing on your life! Praise only Him through our saviour Jesus Christ! Raised catholic I have come to know that you can get to heaven as a catholic but in this season we all need the HOLY SPIRIT in us and that’s hard to find in that church. Seek first the Kingdom of Heaven and all things will be granted onto you!
      Give your wonderful wife a long and loving hug every day- she’s earned it.

    • Can you please send me a copy of your testimony by email, some Catholics in my family will profit by reading it.
      I to have a testimonial, how God saved me and 48 years of living in His grace. Too much coffee as it’s 15,000 words.
      God’s blessing be always upon you and your family!

    • Saint Michael, thank you for sharing. Since your rebirth, God never refers to His children ever again as sinner, but “saints.” If the Holy Spirit leads you to Port Charlotte, please considering visiting with us. We enjoy networking with other saints and growing in the unity of the faith.
      Thank you for sharing your heart changing experiences.
      Blessings and shalom. Sharon Tata . I am on Face Book.

  • You guys are fighting over the stupidest things ever. Like a bunch of old ladies playing Bingo. Do what jesus would do.

  • Absolutely fascinating technical facts about the bible. I came upon this artical looking for word counts in popular books, but I’m grateful for all the the other interesting factoids I picked up from this article (100 million in China, who would have known!). Thanks for this enlightening article.

  • Everyone says that one day something happened to a star and it became earth and became people. but thats not right one bit, the Bible says “In the beginning, God created the heavens and earth.” see! God crated it, and I know what some people are going to say “thats not true.” But it is, My friend got to share like half of the bible with a kid at her school! Its fine if you don’t believe but your life will be better once you start reading the Bible.

    -Isabel The Believer

  • I have counted every word of every chapter in the KJV bible. I have gone back and double checked every chapter of every book in order to correct any errors to be certain every thing is accurate. I came up with a word count for the KJV bible to be 789,617 words.

    • That’s interesting, Dan. Lawrence M Vance gives a number count of 788,258 in the 1st edition (2006) of his book “King James, His Bible and It’s Translators.” His 2nd edition (2016) on page 182, gives a number of 789,629. 609,247 OT and 180,382 NT (first edition 179,011 NT)
      A difference of 1,371. The difference between his 2016 edition and your total sum is only 12 words. I would be interested in knowing the number you arrived at in the book of psalms, counting all words, including the italicized,
      the 22 Hebrew letter names of the 22 divisions in psalm 119
      aleph to tau, but not counting chapter names or any other.
      I would also like to know the amount of time involved in counting the entire words of the KJV the Authorized Bible.
      Thank you,

      • the timeline of scripture is determined by the number of words
        743040, time in scripture is not measured in terms of 1 year, 2 year, 3 year ect. but reather the number of days in one year
        364.2426. exodus 12:40 – 41 430 years, 430 x 364.2426 =
        156624 divide 6192 = psalm 25. isaiah 25.

  • May the blessing of God be upon you all. I am trying to conduct some personal research on the following:
    Does anyone know if there has ever been a numerical count of the number of Sins against God from those in the Old and New Testament?
    Perhaps different religions and or faiths would very but I have been unable to find any faith or religion who may have ever conducted such research. Praise Be To God and Thank you all.

  • How many letters and spaces in English bible??? From cover to cover
    How many letters and spaces in English torah ???
    I want it accurately for research purposes.

  • It would be interesting to know how many times “Jehovah” is mentioned in the bible. I am not a Jehovah’s Witness, but it seems a curious omission in the context of the plethora of less important information.
    Thank you.

  • I thought the chinese are not christians. How comes they have the largest number of printed bibles.

  • I am a believer but I still have some questions that no one has been able to answer, maybe you guys can help.

    1. Who created god? Did he just appear out of no where and started creating life as we know it?

    2. Is God human? A spirit maybe? I know that most people when they think of god they see an older jesus but nobody has ever seen him, right?

    • Those are great questions! Apologists have many answers, so I recommend chatting with a pastor or a friend who knows good theology. Here are some hopefully helpful thoughts:

      1. You’ve asked some excellent time-based questions. God, as the maker of time, exists outside of and before time. (…if “before time” is even a thing…) He is not a created being, he is the ultimate being who created time and space. John 1:1-4 explains this: When time began, God and Jesus were already there, and then through Jesus everything was made, including us!

      2. God is… well, God! There is no being like him. The famous medieval scholar Anselm said “God is that than which nothing greater can be conceived.” Your amazing question also gets straight at the heart of the Trinity, God the Father, Son (Jesus), and Holy Spirit. Jesus became a man (John 1:14), and the Holy Spirit now lives with man (John 20:22), but the nature of God the Father is far more difficult to grasp. It’s one reason God gave us his Word in the Bible. He wants us to know him through his Word, and it’s the best way to learn about him. I’d write more, but I don’t want to make this too long…

      Don’t stop asking your amazing questions! I’ve used the book of John exclusively in my references above; if you’re a new believer it’s one of the best books to start with. John has many answers, though he also acknowledges that a being as great as God could be learned about for eternity. One of the most beautiful, almost wistful passages in the Bible is the last verse of John, 21:25:

      “Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.” (ESV)

  • There are 39 Books in the Old Testament.
    Both New and Old Testament, have 3 letters and 9 letters.
    The New Testament has 27 Books,
    and 27 is 3 x 9 !

    So whats with 39 ?
    Well, 39 is 3 x 13, and the Millerites that led to the Adventists in 1844,
    believed the Crucifixion to have happened in 31 AD.
    1844 minus 31 is 1813, 1813 is 37 x 49 and 37 is the 12th or 13th prime !

    The smallest Chapter in the Bible is Psalm 117,
    it is only 2 verses, and usually 62 Hebrew letters,
    62 / 2 is 31 !

    KJV, I think has :
    66 Books, 1189 Chapters, 31102 Verses, 783137 Words, 3116480 Letters.
    66 is 3 x 11,
    1189 is 29 x 41 and 29 is 10th or 11th prime,
    and 41 is the 13th or 14th prime.
    So 13 can be seen to be a bit outstanding in the Bible numbers facts.

    But for me both the Date and Time of the Crucifixion,
    is in the fact that the 1st multi digit number,
    between the Fibonacci series and Pi is 358.
    1,1,2, 3,5,8, 13,21,34,55,… 3.14159265 358 97…
    3 / 58 is 0.05172413 79 31 03 4 48 27 586268965,
    then repeats the 28 numbers…
    31-4-27 15:00 [UN date format] but reversed !
    Fibonacci was born in 1170 AD and the 27th of April is the 117th day !
    His real name in English is Lion Good Natured of Pisa in Italy.
    So like Psalm 117 the 27th of April 31 AD at 3 pm in the Afternoon,
    is emphasised.

  • Protestant bible consists of 66 books.
    Catholic bible consists of 73 books.
    Orthodox bible consists of how many books?

  • This might seem like an odd question. Does the word count of 783,137 include the 66 book titles, or any of the division names(i.e. in Psalm 119 there is beth, gimel, daleth, he…)? Are these included in the totals?

    Same question for the letter totals, and also, are numeric characters included(like chapter and verse numbers 1-9) or any punctuation( ,:;”!?.’-()) or is this strictly counting alphabetical characters (A-Z)

    I am writing a program that processes word data throughout the Bible, and rereading the Bible every time I need to test it is somewhat tedious.🙃

  • My name is Larry Marek. My thought is. The written word in whatever form, is a Blessing and a comfort when it comes to describe our connection with each other. When we try to think about who we are, we get confused. We need to change the way we think. God, our maker, orchestrator, if you will…did not levy these thought’s on us. I believe, We, everyone is a Blessing…Period…We need to remember that…As far as rules…There is one…Everyone is A Blessing

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