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Top 100 Most Common Words in the Bible

What 100 words appear most commonly in the King James Bible?
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word
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and
2
the
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of
4
that
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to
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in
7
he
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for
9
unto
10
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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word
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not
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be
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is
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them
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with
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him
22
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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word
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have
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as
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thy
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their
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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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word
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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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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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word
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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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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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word
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land
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no
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we
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her
80
go
81
went
82
saying
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even
84
do
85
therefore
86
things
87
hand
88
let
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your
90
these
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word
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behold
92
us
93
shalt
94
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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o
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level 71
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 22
Feb 9, 2015
What about Preach? Do you know what that rank was?
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level 71
Feb 9, 2015
1358th.
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level 22
Feb 9, 2015
Oh, lol, sorry, didn't realize it was that low. Great quiz though.
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level 65
Mar 25, 2015
What rank is "kill" or "killed"?
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level 71
Mar 25, 2015
Kill = 647th, killed = 1067th
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level 61
Jun 3, 2015
How about "slew"?
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level 71
Jun 3, 2015
406th
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level 44
Oct 23, 2015
What rank is "weather"? I suspect it to be very low.
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level 71
Oct 23, 2015
Way, way low - it only appears 4 times in the whole bible.
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level 71
Mar 25, 2015
At the other end of the spectrum, try Words That Only Appear Once in the Bible.
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level 22
Oct 13, 2015
wow your a genius
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level 44
May 18, 2017
Clearly you are not bc the correct form is you're
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level 37
May 20, 2017
buster731, It would appear you are not a genius either. The abbreviation of because to 'bc' shows that very clearly.
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level 57
Mar 18, 2018
SmarterThanEinstein, abbreviations are a way to save time, whereas using your instead of you're is a blatant grammatical error
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level 5
May 20, 2016
Still Jesus should be there
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level 4
Jul 14, 2017
Jesus should be in there
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level 71
Mar 18, 2018
Jesus didn't make an appearance until the new testament
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level 29
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 71
Feb 8, 2015
Says something that love was so far down the list.
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level 82
Feb 14, 2015
Yeah? What does that say?
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level 57
Mar 18, 2018
That religious does not equate to loving
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level 23
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 79
Feb 9, 2015
"saith" ?
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level 57
Mar 18, 2018
ikr what is that lol
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level 76
Mar 18, 2018
The archaic third person singular present of say.
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level 73
Feb 9, 2015
Would have thought Begat would have made an appearance just because of Genesis.
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level 68
Mar 25, 2015
I would make a "begat" pun, but those may begetting a little old.
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level 59
Sep 9, 2015
You should best begetting out.
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level 71
Mar 27, 2015
What's Phil Collins got to do with this?
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level 76
Mar 18, 2018
Nothing. It was all Peter Gabriel's doing.
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level 59
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 57
Feb 20, 2018
and to write Israel XD
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level 71
Mar 18, 2018
Yes, saith is certainly one of the 100 commonest words I use
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level 65
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 44
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 47
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 75
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 57
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 65
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 74
Mar 25, 2015
Got "saying," currently at 2%, but missed "was" and "shall." D'oh.
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level 50
Mar 25, 2015
Where is "sin" ranked?
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level 71
Mar 25, 2015
231st.
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level 63
Mar 25, 2015
name a few prepositions and some pronouns and you are good to go
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level 59
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 74
Mar 26, 2015
Not much of a surprise. Can you name even 10 women in the Bible?
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level 35
Mar 26, 2015
Eve, Jezebel, Hannah, Leah, Rachel, Naomi, Sarah, Ruth, Rebekah, Judith...ten from the Old Testament.
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level 74
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 74
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 39
Aug 3, 2016
Typical remark from Kal. Someone proves him wrong and he gives a nasty, sarcastic reply. Wazzock.
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level 74
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 52
May 19, 2017
There are three Marys - the mother of Jesus, the sister of Martha, and Mary Magdalene.
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level 74
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 74
Mar 18, 2018
Helen's remark calling me nasty without justification is allowed to stand (I was not being nasty, and I wasn't proven wrong, I asked a question I didn't make an assertion), but my comment pointing out that she's being petty (she is, she's one of the handful of users on the site who got angry with me somewhere and has been posting personal attacks against me everywhere ever since) gets taken down 3 years after I posted it?
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level 76
Mar 18, 2018
Someone's out to get you Kal. I'd watch your back.
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level 74
Mar 18, 2018
Nobody's out to "get me" but there are 5-6 people who repeatedly leave nasty comments directed at me because they are holding some grudge against me from months or years ago. A couple it's because they first found this site because they were looking for religion quizzes and they saw me make a factual statement about something that contradicted their religious beliefs and they took it personally. A couple have seen me post something about my political beliefs which disagreed with theirs and assumed that I must be the enemy (amusingly, I get this from all sides, radical centrist that I am). And one or two saw a quiz I made that they misinterpreted as offensive, overreacted, got called out for their overreaction, and haven't been able to let it go.
That would all be fine if they were happy to just hash it out in the comments of whatever quiz offended them. But when you spend months or years carrying the argument over to other quizzes that is indeed childish.
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level 74
Mar 18, 2018
and as to the often uneven comment moderation... I don't know if that's just the fact that the moderator is usually busy and doesn't always notice (that seems likely, like I said, my comment here was deleted years after I left it), or it could be that I speak more honestly and in a straightforward manner than most and this tends to get interpreted as me being confrontational since most people imply and beat around the bush.
I hate that. But when I do it myself here I notice that my comments are deleted much more infrequently. I can deliver a scathing insult through innuendo or sarcasm and it stays up but if I just say directly that a comment someone left is dumb... usually that gets deleted.
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level 57
Apr 2, 2015
What rank is the word "holy" in?
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level 71
Apr 2, 2015
162nd
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level 57
Mar 18, 2018
i was pretty surprised about that one, given im not religious
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level 55
Jul 22, 2015
I am a bad Christian for not doing well on this quiz.
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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 71
Apr 29, 2017
Yeah, they took months to count
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level 69
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 66
Aug 16, 2015
I note that LOVE doesn't make it.
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level 71
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 71
Apr 29, 2017
199th.
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level 52
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 60
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 21
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 55
Jun 4, 2016
Me too, I am thinking the same thing why not Jesus, or Christ?!?!
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level 71
Jun 29, 2016
Because there are at least another 100 words which appear more often...
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level 37
Mar 7, 2016
rigged
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level 71
Mar 7, 2016
Nah, that word's not even in the top 1000.
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level 55
Jan 3, 2017
This comment just made my day!
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level 50
Mar 8, 2018
Mine too, lol
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level 57
Mar 18, 2018
ha gotee
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level 12
Apr 6, 2016
Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay 100% 😃
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level 57
Mar 18, 2018
damn nice
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level 27
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 39
Mar 3, 2017
Faith?
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level 32
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 53
Apr 29, 2017
I say to thee: I made them all
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level 52
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 71
Aug 23, 2017
Please see the answer to jmcpetunia above. S/he didn't read the instructions either.
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level 39
Nov 9, 2017
HelenO: If we ignore him, will he go away?
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level 74
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 57
Mar 18, 2018
https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Popular-Bible-Words.php
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level 71
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 74
Mar 21, 2018
There's some dirty talk about men laying with other men, though.
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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 54
Aug 15, 2018
I'm an atheist and I got 4 points so probably not.
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