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”.

A further 200 verses contain 24 of the 26 letters.

The letter Q only appears 953 times in 882 verses (or 2.84%) of the 31102 verses, X appears in 1326 verses (4.26%) and Z appears in 2228 verses (7.16%)  and the letter E features in 99.87% of verses, leaving only 40 verses without the most common letter.

The verse which includes the fewest letters is “And Ahijah, Hanan, Anan” (Nehemiah 10 v 26), 18 letters long but using just 6 of the letters of the alphabet.

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Letter frequency in the KJV Bible

The frequency of letters in the whole text is also interesting when compared to typical English usage. The letter “H” is significantly more frequent in the Bible than in everyday English and the letters “I” and “C” significantly less frequent. Maybe it’s all the “thee”, “thou” and “thy” language in the KJV, but when looking at the NIV text, “H” is still used many more times than what would normally be expected.

KJV NIV English Usage
A 8.52% 7.88% 8.04%
B 1.51% 1.51% 1.48%
C 1.69% 1.75% 3.34%
D 4.89% 4.63% 3.82%
E 12.73% 12.74% 12.49%
F 2.58% 2.38% 2.40%
G 1.70% 1.93% 1.87%
H 8.75% 7.22% 5.05%
I 5.98% 6.43% 7.57%
J 0.27% 0.32% 0.16%
K 0.69% 0.77% 0.54%
L 4.01% 4.25% 4.07%
M 2.47% 2.61% 2.51%
N 6.95% 6.39% 7.23%
O 7.50% 8.34% 7.64%
P 1.33% 1.46% 2.14%
Q 0.03% 0.03% 0.12%
R 5.25% 5.78% 6.28%
S 5.87% 6.21% 6.51%
T 9.81% 8.79% 9.28%
U 2.57% 2.78% 2.73%
V 0.94% 1.03% 1.05%
W 2.02% 2.39% 1.68%
X 0.04% 0.06% 0.23%
Y 1.81% 2.22% 1.66%
Z 0.09% 0.12% 0.09%

In order of frequency…

KJV NIV English Usage
E 12.73% 12.74% 12.49%
T 9.81% 8.79% 9.28%
H 8.75% 7.22% 5.05%
A 8.52% 7.88% 8.04%
O 7.50% 8.34% 7.64%
N 6.95% 6.39% 7.23%
I 5.98% 6.43% 7.57%
S 5.87% 6.21% 6.51%
R 5.25% 5.78% 6.28%
D 4.89% 4.63% 3.82%
L 4.01% 4.25% 4.07%
F 2.58% 2.38% 2.40%
U 2.57% 2.78% 2.73%
M 2.47% 2.61% 2.51%
W 2.02% 2.39% 1.68%
Y 1.81% 2.22% 1.66%
G 1.70% 1.93% 1.87%
C 1.69% 1.75% 3.34%
B 1.51% 1.51% 1.48%
P 1.33% 1.46% 2.14%
V 0.94% 1.03% 1.05%
K 0.69% 0.77% 0.54%
J 0.27% 0.32% 0.16%
Z 0.09% 0.12% 0.09%
X 0.04% 0.06% 0.23%
Q 0.03% 0.03% 0.12%

Bible Letter Frequency

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