Bible Concordance

All words in the Bible with links to the verses in which they occur in the King James Version. A marvellous source of information for linguists and Bible students.

con·cord·ance
/kən'kɔrdəns/ n alphabetical index of the words used by an author or in a book: a Bible concordance, a concordance to Shakespeare.

The above short definition omits to mention the references to the locations of the words in text.

Below is the list with initials. Pick a letter to view the list of words beginning with that letter. The number below the letter indicates the number of different words beginning with that letter.

unique words per letter
a 1146 b 978 c 1125 d 760 e 669 f 620 g 469 h 755 i 360
j 437 k 160 l 472 m 795 n 308 o 306 p 947 q 42 r 684
s 1717 t 729 u 220 v 138 w 517 x 1 y 38 z 171  


Key data
O.T. N.T. Apocr. Bible
total # of words 609,245 180,381 140,617 930,243
unique words 10,867 6,063 6,758 14,564
books 39 27 15 81
chapters 929 260 173 1362
verses 23,145 7,957 5,717 36,819

Note that the Old Testament uses over 4,000 more different words than the New Testament. The difference is partly due to the fact that in the O.T. many more places and persons are named. Also, some of the books in the New Testament are very similar, such as Mark and Matthew. This does not, however, refute the assumption that the style of the Old Testament is simply much richer.


Words top 10
word count verses
the 73,611 28,261
and 60,382 28,352
of 40,029 21,249
to 16,372 11,679
that 15,778 12,040
in 14,482 11,285
he 12,425 9,022
shall 10,939 6,796
for 10,889 8,678
unto 10,100 8,325

Thick and thin

Books with the largest number of words:

Thinnest books:



Shortest and longest words

The shortest words in the KJV are a, I and O. They occur in all three parts of the Bible.

Longest word in the Old Testament:

Longest words in the New Testament:

Longest word in the Apocrypha:

The shortest verses in the King James Version

The shortest verse in the Old Testament is 1 Chronicles 1:25, where 17 characters make "Eber, Peleg, Reu,". The Old Testament contains many such rather boring listings with names. If we exclude them, the top 10 gets more interesting.

  1. Exodus 20:13: Thou shalt not kill. [20]
    Deuteronomy 5:17: Thou shalt not kill. [20]
  2. Exodus 20:15: Thou shalt not steal. [21]
  3. Job 3:2: And Job spake, and said, [24]
  4. Genesis 26:6: And Isaac dwelt in Gerar: [25]
    Deuteronomy 5:19: Neither shalt thou steal. [25]
  5. Job 6:1: But Job answered and said, [26]
    Job 12:1: And Job answered and said, [26]
    Job 21:1: But Job answered and said, [26]
    Job 26:1: But Job answered and said, [26]

The ten shortest verses in the New Testament:

  1. John 11:35: Jesus wept. [11]
  2. 1 Thessalonians 5:16: Rejoice evermore. [17]
  3. Luke 17:32: Remember Lot's wife. [20]
  4. 1 Thessalonians 5:17: Pray without ceasing. [21]
  5. 1 Thessalonians 5:19: Quench not the Spirit. [22]
    1 Thessalonians 5:25: Brethren, pray for us. [22]
  6. John 6:48: I am that bread of life. [24]
    John 10:30: I and my Father are one. [24]
  7. 1 Thessalonians 5:20: Despise not prophesyings. [25]
  8. Mark 4:14: The sower soweth the word. [26]
    2 Corinthians 13:13: All the saints salute you. [26]

The ten shortest verses in the Apocrypha:

  1. 2 Esdras 14:48: And I did so. [13]
  2. 1 Maccabees 2:3: Simon; called Thassi: [21]
  3. Tobit 7:15: Then they began to eat. [23]
  4. 2 Esdras 14:7: And now I say unto thee, [24]
    Baruch 4:17: But what can I help you? [24]
  5. 2 Esdras 9:14: Then answered I and said, [25]
    2 Esdras 15:7: Therefore saith the Lord, [25]
  6. 2 Esdras 14:28: Hear these words, O Israel. [27]
  7. Tobit 8:8: And she said with him, Amen. [28]
    Tobit 10:3: Therefore he was very sorry. [28]

The longest verses in the King James Version

Longest verses in the Old Testament:

  1. Esther 8:9, 528 characters: Then were the king's scribes called at that time in the third month, that is, the month Sivan, on the three and twentieth day thereof; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the deputies and rulers of the provinces which are from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto every province according to the writing thereof, and unto every people after their language, and to the Jews according to their writing, and according to their language.
  2. 2 Kings 16:15: And king Ahaz commanded Urijah the priest, [..] [443]
  3. Jeremiah 21:7: And afterward, saith the LORD, [..] [441]
  4. Ezekiel 48:21: And the residue shall be for the prince, [..] [430]
  5. Esther 3:12: Then were the king's scribes called on [..] [429]
  6. Joshua 8:33: And all Israel, and their elders, and officers, [..] [426]
  7. Daniel 5:23: But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; [..] [409]
  8. Ezra 3:8: Now in the second year of their coming unto the house of God at Jerusalem, [..] [404]
  9. Jeremiah 44:12: And I will take the remnant of Judah, [..] [403]
  10. 2 Chronicles 31:1: Now when all this was finished, [..] [394]

Longest verses in the New Testament:

  1. Revelation 20:4: And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, [..] [361]
  2. Acts 28:17: And it came to pass, that after three days Paul [..] [310]
  3. Luke 6:42: Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, [..] [309]
  4. 2 Corinthians 7:11: For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, [..] [309]
  5. Revelation 17:8: The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; [..] [301]
  6. Revelation 11:18: And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, [..] [289]
  7. Revelation 3:12: Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, [..] [284]
  8. Matthew 2:16: Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, [..] [279]
  9. Philippians 4:8: Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, [..] [275]
    Revelation 1:11: Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, [..] [275]

Longest verses in the Apocrypha:

  1. 2 Esdras 10:22: Our psaltery is laid on the ground, [..] [526]
  2. Tobit 13:6: If ye turn to him with your whole heart, [..] [507]
  3. Tobit 6:17: And the devil shall smell it, and flee away, [..] [476]
  4. Tobit 3:15: And that I never polluted my name, nor the name of my father, [..] [452]
  5. Sirach 37:11: Neither consult with a woman touching her of whom she is jealous; [..] [442]
  6. Tobit 5:13: Then Tobit said, Thou art welcome, brother; [..] [440]
  7. Tobit 14:10: And bury me decently, and thy mother with me; [..] [435]
  8. Judith 7:18: Then the children of Esau went up with the children of Ammon, [..] [432]
  9. Tobit 10:12: And he said to his daughter, Honour thy father and thy mother in law, [..] [428]
  10. Tobit 4:12: Beware of all whoredom, my son, [..] [415]