The Rhyming Bible – From the Creation to Revelation

The Rhyming Bible – From the Creation to Revelation

By James Muirden (illustrations by David Eccles) We picked up this little gem of a book yesterday, and it’s such good fun that we had to tell you about it! The stories More »

Don’t believe everything you hear!

Don’t believe everything you hear!

It’s April Fools Day again, and the usual round of improbable stories are doing the rounds in the media. It’s easy to be led into believing something if it sounds believable, particularly More »

Easter Infographic

Easter Infographic

Infographics are fun! Here are some facts about Easter in the form of an infographic, the figures from the Easter Story and some statistics about the consumption of Easter eggs and candy! More »

The Wages of Sin

The Wages of Sin

The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Rom 6:23. Everyone earns his due wage through long years of ceaseless sinning, More »

The Crucifixion : Cross Word Cloud

The Crucifixion : Cross Word Cloud

And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS. (John 19:19) More »

 

KJV Bible : The Statistics

The KJV Bible is recognised as one of the leading texts when it comes to Bibles, having a special place in the hearts’ of many people. Some swear by the KJV and won’t accept any other translation, some like its style of language, others don’t get along with it, but however you feel about it, it’s a pretty special book!

Here are some facts and figures about the KJV Bible.

The KJV text has been analysed without including book names, chapter headings or the extra notes found at the beginning of some of the Psalms. It is pretty much the raw text without any extras.

We’ve analysed the text using a combination of regular expressions and spreadsheet analysis and present it here to you for interest.

KJV Bible Total

Old Testament

New Testament

Books

66

39

27

Chapters

1189

929

260

Verses

31102

23145

7957

Words

789630

609248

180382

Unique words

12789

Letters (A-Z)

3222404

2483237

739167

Characters (exc. spaces)

3348108

2579023

769085

Shortest Book

2 John (1 chapter / 13 verses / 298 words / 1204 letters)

or

3 John (1 chapter / 14 verses / 295 words / 1250 letters)

Longest Book

Psalms (150 chapters / 2461 verses / 42697 words / 173969 letters)

Shortest Chapter

Psalm 117 (2 verses / 33 words / 133 letters)

Longest Chapter

Psalm 119 (176 verses / 2424 words / 10166 letters)

Shortest Verse

John 11 v 35

1 Chr 1 v 25 (3 words / 12 letters)

1 Chr 1 v 1 (3 words / 14 letters)

1 Chr 1 v 26, Neh 10 v 15 (3 words / 15 letters)

John 11 v 35 (2 words / 9 letters)

1 Thess 5 v 16 (2 words / 15 letters)

Luke 17 v 32 (3 words / 16 letters)

Longest Verses

Esther 8 v 9

Words

1. Esther 8 v 9 (90 words / 426 letters)
2. Jer 21 v 7 (83 words / 344 letters)
3. Ezekiel 46 v 9 (81 words / 292 letters)

Letters

1. Esther 8 v 9 (426 letters / 90 words)
2. 2 Ki 16 v 15 (352 letters / 79 words)
3. Esther 3 v 12 (345 letters / 75 words)

Words

1. Rev 20 v 4 (68 words / 284 letters)
2. Rev 3 v 12 (63 words / 215 letters )
3. Luke 6 v 42 (62 words / 240 letters )

Letters

1. Rev 20 v 4 (284 letters / 68 words)
2. Acts 28 v 17 (247 letters / 56 words )
3. 2 Cor 7 v 11 (242 letters / 52 words)

Longest Word

Mahershalalhashbaz (18 letters)

Mahershalalhashbaz (18 letters)

Chushanrishathaim (17 letters)

Evilfavouredness, lovingkindnesses (16 letters)

Unprofitableness, covenantbreakers (16 letters)

Number of words that appear only once 3949
Average word length  4.08 letters

Bible verses with every letter of the alphabet

There are none, not in the KJV at least. I’ve checked.

I did find 11 verses that contain 25 out of the 26 letters of the alphabet, missing only one letter.

Ezra 7 v 21 contains every letter of the alphabet except “J”.

Galatians 1 v 14 is lacking in only a “K”.

As you might expect “Q” isn’t the most commonly used letter and is the only letter missing from Joshua 7 v 24, 1 Kings 1 v 9, 1 Chronicles 12 v 40, 2 Chronicles 36 v 10, Ezekiel 28 v 13, Daniel 4 v 37, and Haggai 1 v 1.

Finally 2 Kings 16 v 15 and 1 Chronicles 4 v 10 are short of “X”.

Words that appear only once in the KJV Bible

Here is a complete list of the 3949 words that appear only once in the KJV Bible. Most of them are names, but there are few of interest such as: Armageddon, Arab, frozen, grandmother, handwriting, tortoise… have a look for yourself and see what words you can spot!

Some of these may surprise you, though of course this only looks at one version of the KJV text.

abaddon; abagtha; abana; abasing; abdeel; abdiel; abelmaim; abelmizraim; abelshittim; abez; abhorring; abi; abialbon; abiasaph; abida; abidah; abiezrite; abihud; abilene; abitub; abjects; aboard; abodest; abolish; abominably; abstinence; abused; abusers; abusing; accad; acceptably; acceptance; acceptest; accepting; accho; accompany; accompanying; accomplishing; accomplishment; accordingly; accounting; accounts; accuser; accuseth; accusing; accustomed; aceldama; achaicus; achar; achmetha; achsa; acknowledgement; acknowledgeth; acquaint; acquainting; acre; acres; actions; activity; adadah; adalia; adamah; adami; addan; addar; adders; addi; addicted; addition; addon; ader; adina; adino; adithaim; adlai; admatha; administration; administrations;

“Jesus wept” (John 11:35) isn’t the shortest verse in the Bible!!

I was messing around with some regular expressions, or regex, today, (the nerdy types will understand!) to create a hidden word Bible quiz for the site and thought it would be fun to do a bit of word analysis on the text of the KJV – as you do!

I was looking at verse lengths, and you may know there are actually two verses that only have two words. Everyone knows about “Jesus wept” (John 11:35) but did you know that 1 Thessalonians 5:16 also only has two words and reads “Rejoice evermore”? No-one really ever mentions that one though!

John 11:35 is indeed the shortest verse as it contains less characters, but only if we are considering the KJV or other English translations. What I didn’t know until just a few moments ago is that when looking at the original Greek text, 1 Thessalonians 5:16 is actually the shortest verse containing two words and 14 characters, whereas John 11:35 is 3 words and 16 characters! There’s my something new learned for today.

Joh 11:35  ἐδάκρυσεν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς.

1Th 5:16  Πάντοτε χαίρετε,

But then, that might not be the shortest verse either. Depending on where you divide the verse in the Greek, Luke 20:30 might be even shorter at only 3 words and 12 characters. The Greek text I use doesn’t bear this out, but some modern translations split the verses differently and reads simply “and the second”…

Luk 20:30  καὶ ἔλαβεν ὁ δεύτερος τὴν γυναίκα, καὶ οὗτος ἀπέθανεν ἄτεκνος·

Job 3:2 also has a shout at being the shortest coming in at 14 characters and 3 words in the Hebrew.

So, what do ya know?! It’s only trivia at the end of the day, but don’t believe everything you hear!

Did you also know that Psalm 118:8 isn’t the middle verse and there are not 365 “do not fear / be afraid” verses in the Bible either?

The Top 50 Most Mentioned Names in the Bible

You may wonder which names are the most mentioned in the Bible. We’ve all heard of Jesus, so he’s probably pretty high up the list, and you’d be right. Here are the top 50, and remember some people had more than one name like Jacob who was also called Israel. How you decide which are the most common names in the Bible does depend a few factors so every list isn’t the exactly the same.

Name First Reference Times
God Genesis 1:1 4411
Jacob Genesis 32:28 2948
David Ruth 4:17 1139
Jesus Matthew 1:23 983
Moses Exodus 2:10 848
Judah Matthew 2:6 819
Saul 1 Samuel 9:2 398
Aaron Exodus 4:14 350
Abram Genesis 17:5 311
Solomon 2 Samuel 12:25 307
Joseph Genesis 30:24 220
Simon John 1:42 219
Joshua Deuteronomy 32:44 209
Saul Acts 14:12 189
Esau Genesis 25:30 186
Ephraim Genesis 41:52 175
Moab Genesis 19:37 168
Benoni Genesis 35:18 163
Samuel 1 Samuel 1:20 143
Joab 1 Samuel 26:6 141
Jeremiah 2 Chronicles 35:25 138
Isaac Genesis 17:19 132
Hezekiah Matthew 1:9 127
Manasseh Genesis 41:51 121
Absalom 1 Kings 15:2 111
Elijah Matthew 11:14 98
Jonathan 1 Samuel 13:2 97
Ahab 1 Kings 16:28 92
John Matthew 3:1 92
Nebuchadnezzar 2 Kings 24:1 91
Canaan Genesis 9:18 91
Jeroboam 1 Kings 11:26 90
Pharaoh Genesis 37:36 90
Daniel Daniel 1:7 90
Jehoshaphat 2 Kings 8:16 79
Reuben Genesis 29:32 74
Dan Genesis 30:6 71
Levi Genesis 29:34 67
Baal Numbers 22:41 66
Eleazar Exodus 6:23 63
Balaam Numbers 22:5 63
Abner 1 Samuel 14:50 63
Elisha Luke 4:27 59
Sarai Hebrews 11:11 59
Asa 1 Kings 15:8 59
Job Job 1:1 59
Mordecai Esther 2:5 58
Gad Genesis 30:11 58
Hadassah Esther 2:7 57