Top 100 Most Common Words in the Bible

What 100 words appear most commonly in the King James Bible?
Quiz by Jerry928
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Last updated: July 4, 2017
First submittedFebruary 4, 2015
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and
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the
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of
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that
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to
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in
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he
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for
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unto
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a
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Lord
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his
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shall
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I
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they
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not
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be
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word
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is
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them
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with
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him
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all
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it
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thou
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but
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which
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was
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God
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said
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from
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have
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as
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thy
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their
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word
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my
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me
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will
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when
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thee
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ye
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are
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this
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were
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out
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upon
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man
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by
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then
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up
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Israel
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there
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word
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people
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had
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came
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so
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into
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hath
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you
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king
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come
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also
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one
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son
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before
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an
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on
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men
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house
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word
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at
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day
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children
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now
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against
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if
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made
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land
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no
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we
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her
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go
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went
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saying
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even
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do
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word
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therefore
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things
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hand
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let
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your
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these
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behold
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us
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shalt
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because
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after
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great
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every
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saith
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down
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Level 75
Feb 4, 2015
Some words that didn't make the cut: hast (111th), thine (121st), Jesus (135th), Christ (203rd), wicked (241st) and love (295th).
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Level 21
Feb 9, 2015
What about Preach? Do you know what that rank was?
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Level 75
Feb 9, 2015
1358th.
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Level 21
Feb 9, 2015
Oh, lol, sorry, didn't realize it was that low. Great quiz though.
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Level 58
Aug 5, 2021
what about bless, holy, and sin
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Level 75
Mar 25, 2015
At the other end of the spectrum, try Words That Only Appear Once in the Bible.
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Level 4
Jul 14, 2017
Jesus should be in there
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Level 75
Mar 18, 2018
Jesus didn't make an appearance until the new testament
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Level 30
Mar 30, 2018
I was so certain that Love and Jesus would be in there.

Are you talking about the whole Bible or just the Old Testament?

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Level 73
Jan 3, 2019
Whole Bible.
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Level 76
Feb 8, 2015
Says something that love was so far down the list.
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Level 90
Feb 14, 2015
Yeah? What does that say?
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Level 59
Mar 18, 2018
That religious does not equate to loving
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Level 40
Mar 19, 2018
"The first of all the commandments is, (...) thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these."
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Level 20
Oct 28, 2021
The only thing this says is that you're too busy trying to dunk on Christianity to notice that most of the most common words are prepositions, determiners, pronouns, conjunctions etc. There are a handful of other words like God or people which you would expect to be in the bible but mainly words that you literally cannot form a coherent sentence without.
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Level 75
Oct 29, 2021
I think courthousedoc makes a fair point. I counted 25 nouns in this list, and I think it would be reasonable to expect love to have been one of them.
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Level 81
Feb 9, 2015
"saith" ?
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Level 59
Mar 18, 2018
ikr what is that lol
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Level 87
Mar 18, 2018
The archaic third person singular present of say.
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Level 56
May 23, 2019
It's also the Welsh word for 7
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Level 39
Aug 11, 2020
You obviously don't read the Bible. -_-
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Level 72
Aug 16, 2020
I thought it was 'sayeth'
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Level 77
Oct 22, 2020
Or not from an English-speaking country.
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Level 28
Apr 19, 2021
Yes, I would have spelled it sayeth
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Level 76
Feb 9, 2015
Would have thought Begat would have made an appearance just because of Genesis.
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Level 74
Mar 25, 2015
I would make a "begat" pun, but those may begetting a little old.
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Level 58
Sep 9, 2015
You should best begetting out.
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Level 73
Mar 27, 2015
What's Phil Collins got to do with this?
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Level 87
Mar 18, 2018
Nothing. It was all Peter Gabriel's doing.
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Level 64
Mar 25, 2015
This has nothing to do with the bible and requires no knowledge. It's just a sprint of writing common pronouns and prepositions.
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Level 69
Feb 20, 2018
and to write Israel XD
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Level 75
Mar 18, 2018
Yes, saith is certainly one of the 100 commonest words I use
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Level 76
Mar 19, 2018
Lord, God, Israel, thou, thee, hath, house, ye, behold, shalt, saying,... All those and many others would never appear in a list of common nouns and prepositions.
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Level 84
Jul 24, 2019
Saying would
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Level 67
Jan 7, 2020
God would too, I hear so many people say o my god... some use it every other sentence, nearly as popular as the word like..
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Level 54
Nov 28, 2021
not even "house"?
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Level 45
Mar 25, 2015
How is this much different than the most common words quiz?

A quiz based on the top 100 nouns of the Bible would make more sense.

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Level 66
Sep 30, 2015
You're in luck! http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/115106/top-100-nouns-in-the-bible
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Level 81
Nov 23, 2015
It has old-fashioned words and inflexions, which won't be found much in modern literature, for a start.
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Level 45
Mar 25, 2015
this is a boring quiz.
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Level 59
Mar 18, 2018
you're the only person who left a comment saying that and you got no likes... seems that "this is a boring quiz." is merely your opinion
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Level 76
Oct 25, 2020
I enjoyed it
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Level 69
Mar 25, 2015
Many of these were just different forms of the same word, such as be, is, was, are. It's unfair that you need to guess the correct inflection. I typed say, but it wasn't accepted although said is in the list.
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Level 84
Mar 25, 2015
Got "saying," currently at 2%, but missed "was" and "shall." D'oh.
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Level 47
Mar 25, 2015
Where is "sin" ranked?
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Level 75
Mar 25, 2015
231st.
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Level 68
Mar 25, 2015
name a few prepositions and some pronouns and you are good to go
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Level 69
Mar 25, 2015
Also, it is a little surprise that there are so few feminine nouns or pronouns. "He" but not "she," and "son" but no "daughter."
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Level 84
Mar 26, 2015
Not much of a surprise. Can you name even 10 women in the Bible?
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Level 42
Mar 26, 2015
Eve, Jezebel, Hannah, Leah, Rachel, Naomi, Sarah, Ruth, Rebekah, Judith...ten from the Old Testament.
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Level 84
Apr 3, 2015
If you did that from memory then you're probably in the top 1% of Biblical female namers. Nobody knows who Naomi is.
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Level 84
Apr 3, 2015
Only two of these are among the top 25 most mentioned characters.
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Level 39
Jun 1, 2015
I do.
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Level 77
Mar 2, 2017
The story of Ruth and her mother-in-law Naomi is well known - "Whither thou goest I will go." I tried to think of ten women from the New Testament off the top of my head - Mary, Mary Magdalene, Martha, Elizabeth, Priscilla, Lydia, Salome, Anna, Damaris, and Dorcas. To add to the Old Testament list, I also thought of Deborah, Rahab, and Esther. However, you are correct that men are much more prevalent. (That actually might make it easier to remember the few women who are named.)
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Level 47
Mar 3, 2017
Don't forget Delilah
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Level 54
May 19, 2017
There are three Marys - the mother of Jesus, the sister of Martha, and Mary Magdalene.
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Level 84
Mar 18, 2018
^Aesthus and if you speak Arabic there are even more, as the Arabic name for Mary (mother of Jesus) and Miriam (sister of Aaron) are the same. They are also the same name in Aramaic. This leads to some funny mix-ups, such as when Muhammad got the two characters confused once while reciting a verse of the Qu'ran and he called Jesus' mother the sister of Aaron.
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Level 77
Oct 22, 2020
Mary, Mary Magdalene, Elizabeth, Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Leah, Rachel, Batsheba and Lot's wife (if she counts) off the top of my head. But I took religion class in school and regularly went to church for years.
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Level 39
Aug 11, 2020
Abigail, Ruth, Bathsheba, Elizabeth, Esther, Mary, Delilah, Hannah, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah, Miriam, Deborah, Huldah, Claudia, Dorcas, Priscilla, Susanna, Tabitha, Naomi, Eve, Noa, Orpah, Michal, Phoebe, Julia, Haggath, Jezebel, Basemeth, Adah. Just to name a few. ;-)
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Level 69
Nov 28, 2021
and my favorite, Jael =)
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Level 64
Apr 2, 2015
What rank is the word "holy" in?
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Level 75
Apr 2, 2015
162nd
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Level 59
Mar 18, 2018
i was pretty surprised about that one, given im not religious
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Level 54
Jul 22, 2015
I am a bad Christian for not doing well on this quiz.
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Level 57
Feb 3, 2022
Just because you didn't do well in a Bible quiz doesn't make you a bad Christian. Just be confident in yourself and keep growing that relationship with Jesus!

(and yes, I am replying to a 6 year old comment)

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Level 20
Aug 3, 2015
Did you go through the bible and tally up every word??
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Level 75
Apr 29, 2017
Yeah, they took months to count
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Level 71
Jan 25, 2018
LOL. Yes, Jerry is a dedicated guy, and also apparently assumed to be a Luddite. ;-) // P.S. But srsly, great quiz.
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Level 71
Aug 16, 2015
I note that LOVE doesn't make it.
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Level 75
Aug 17, 2015
295th.
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Level 47
Mar 3, 2017
Or "FEAR", which is actually supposedly the most written command in the Bible.
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Level 75
Apr 29, 2017
199th.
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Level 54
Aug 23, 2017
Not to mention that, in context, fear usually means respect and worship - as in 'Fear the Lord your God'.
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Level 72
Jan 26, 2018
OT: 602,500 words (approx, varies by translation)

NT: 180,500 words

Hence, words or ideas that may be pretty common in the New Testament have an uphill battle to make this sort of list population mostly by simple words (of, the, and, etc.). Jesus introduced some pretty revolutionary concepts to the world, and some of the words he used frequently were not nearly as common in the OT.

Jerry, I'd love to see a quiz ranking the words of the New Testament alone!

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Level 24
Jan 20, 2016
I am surprised that I don't see love, faith, grace, peace, amen, church, Jesus, Christ, father, holy, hallelujah, eat, bread, almighty, heaven, earth, hell, sin, et cetera.
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Level 68
Jun 4, 2016
Me too, I am thinking the same thing why not Jesus, or Christ?!?!
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Level 75
Jun 29, 2016
Because there are at least another 100 words which appear more often...
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Level 77
Oct 26, 2020
Jesus was often referred to in other ways - Savior, King, Lord, Messiah, Christ, Immanuel, Redeemer, shepherd, etc.
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Level 67
Jan 7, 2020
Because you need more words to make complete sentences ;) plus your words reminds me more of sermons/church than the bible.
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Level 43
Mar 7, 2016
rigged
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Level 75
Mar 7, 2016
Nah, that word's not even in the top 1000.
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Level 90
Jan 3, 2017
This comment just made my day!
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Level 72
Mar 8, 2018
Mine too, lol
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Level 59
Mar 18, 2018
ha gotee
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Level 26
May 19, 2016
Any Metallica fan who knows all the lyrics to CREEPING DEATH will get automatically 50/100 of these words.7

Rest is pocket change.

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Level 67
Jan 7, 2020
Any song or piece of literature will get you atleast 50% because many of these are simply the most used words in any kind of sentence ( You, are, in, the etc)
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Level 44
Mar 3, 2017
Faith?
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Level 33
Mar 11, 2017
I had so much fun with this. At first i got 70 because I just guessed everyday words like: "a,and,you,me,him,her,son,and" and then at my third try i got 100/100!
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Level 60
Apr 29, 2017
I say to thee: I made them all
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Level 54
Aug 23, 2017
The title should have 'KJV' or equivalent in it. A similar list would be found in any seventeenth-century literature. You might as well have made a list of Shakespeare's most used words, save for the 'Lord'.
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Level 75
Aug 23, 2017
Please see the answer to jmcpetunia above. S/he didn't read the instructions either.
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Level 37
Nov 9, 2017
HelenO: If we ignore him, will he go away?
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Level 84
Mar 18, 2018
I don't know, diva, but why don't you try it? Right now your approach of obsessively commenting about him on every single quiz you take isn't working.
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Level 68
Mar 18, 2018
https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Popular-Bible-Words.php
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Level 75
Mar 19, 2018
Someone (in a now-deleted post) asked if homosexual appears in the KJV; the answer is No, but neither does heterosexual or bisexual.
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Level 84
Mar 21, 2018
There's some dirty talk about men laying with other men, though.
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Level 75
Jan 24, 2019
And a couple of male angels who drop in on Lot and are apparently so irresistible that all of the men of the city can't help but immediately try to get squelchy with them
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Level 84
Jul 24, 2019
Yeah lucky for the angels they were visiting the one good man in town who was such a great guy that he offered his two virgin daughters to the mob to be gang raped, if they would just avoid bothering his guests. And the story only goes downhill from there. So much moral wisdom.
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Level 69
Jan 22, 2020
The story of Sodom doesn't make any sense though. If all the men in the city were gay, why would Lot send out his daughter? For a make-over? The original text just say that the men would get to "know" the angels, same word is used that God knew King David.. I wonder how the men in back in 1604-1611 came to the conclusion that the story of Lot is about sex?! Well, not many things in the Bible make sense, but somehow a lot of people around the world believe it to be true. smh..
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Level 84
Jan 22, 2020
They weren't gay they were indiscriminate. Also, angels don't have a specific gender.
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Level 75
Jan 28, 2020
^ True, but (in KJV) both the townspeople ("Where are the men which came in to thee this night?") and Lot ("unto these men do nothing") refer to them as male
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Level 32
Mar 20, 2018
I always forget those darn archaic forms that appear so much in the KJV. My NABRE doesn't have any saith or shalt or thou/thee anywhere, and so I never remember to include them.
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Level 40
May 22, 2018
I just got one point. Is this because I'm an atheist?
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Level 66
Aug 15, 2018
I'm an atheist and I got 4 points so probably not.
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Level 84
May 5, 2019
I got 5 points and my high score is only 69. You can do better.
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Level 77
Oct 26, 2020
My high score is 69 but I only got four points. Does QM like you better than me, or does he give atheists a handicap like in golf? :)
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Level 55
Feb 12, 2019
I died at 37 too
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Level 61
Feb 12, 2019
The key to doing well in this quiz is to just open the nearest book and writing down all the common words that you see.
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Level 67
Jan 7, 2020
Plus god, lord and israel and a few old-english words.
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Level 67
Jan 7, 2020
And I guess king, not a word you find in every written piece of text.
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Level 87
Jan 22, 2020
A lot of directive.
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Level 54
Oct 22, 2020
How... did... I... get... 100... percent?...
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Level 69
Oct 22, 2020
feels like this should be subject to the same rules as the ‘100 most common english words’ quiz, where different inflections count as one (so has, have and had should all just show up under ‘have’). that way this one can start to be more specific to the bible, rather than just prepositions common everywhere, and it makes it more consistent with other quizzes.
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Level 76
Oct 22, 2020
I got 71/100 and have never read any Bible!
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Level 65
Oct 23, 2020
I got 76/100 but somehow missed #3: "of." Apparently I was in good company though, as only 52% got that one. Funny how the little things can easily slip through the cracks.
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Level 24
Mar 3, 2021
Can't believe that God is 28th and Jesus didn't even make it in the top 100. Jeez.
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Level 72
Oct 28, 2021
The Old Testament is very God-heavy and Jesus-light.
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Level 38
Mar 5, 2021
What about "Peace"?
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Level 56
Jun 27, 2022
Hallucinogenic wasn't in there? Who knew!