Interesting New Testament Word Occurrences

The following is a non-scientific word count for a number of New Testament words found in the New American Standard Bible and the King James Bible (with minor differences). Some of the words with multiple suffices were grouped together.

What I want to bring to your attention is this – words about issues of faith are some of the most used words in the New Testament. The list shows that God Himself is the central issue of the Bible, and what He talks a lot about.


English Words

God – 1,153 Times
Jesus – 949 Times
Lord – 606 Times
Faith / Believe – 501 Times
Spirit / spirit – 385 Times
Love – 230 Times
(Our) Father – 229 Times
Heaven – 213 Times
Sin – 213 Times
Word – 195 Times
Grace – 114 Times
Save / Saved/ Healed / Whole – 103 Times
Holy Spirit – 93
Times Light – 72 Times
Hope – 72 Times
Mercy – 54 Times
Salvation – 43 Times
Doubt / Unbelief – 38 Times
Obey / Obedience – 37 Times
Savior – 24 Times

I am not saying that faith is more important than the Spirit of God, love, or holiness, but the Bible itself is saying something. Faith must be central to God’s purpose and His methods. Let’s find out why.

Words associated with faith (501 total occurrences – 486 total verses) are: faith, faithful, faithfulness, faithless, believe(s), (un)believer(s), (un)believing, believed, doubt, doubted, and unbelief. Words associated with sin are: sin(s), sinning, and sinner(s). See New Testament verses on faith and believing for all references.

Of course, there are words with a higher use rate. The more general the use of the word the more occasions that are possible. I think the words listed above strike a good balance on the major themes represented in the New Testament. Two other words of interest are ‘if’ with 574 occurrences and ‘know’ with 503 occurrences (all forms of the word). The word ‘if’ is very interesting; Jesus used it all the time. Almost half of the occurrences in the New Testament are in the four Gospels. Concerning our relationship with God, Jesus always put the ‘if’ on man’s side and never on God’s side. More to come on this issue.

3 comments to Interesting New Testament Word Occurrences

  • David Jasper

    How often does the word salvation occur?

    • The actual word ‘salvation’ (Greek soteria) occurs 43 times in the King James New Testament (it varies depending on the translation). It comes from the base word for ‘Savior’ (Greek Soter), which occurs 24 times. That word comes from the word ‘to save’ (Greek Sozo or Souzou) which occurs another 103 times. It is translated variously as – save, saved, healed, and whole.

      Great question. They should have been on the list. I added them. God bless

  • I am looking for the number of times the word Pharisee or its plural is present in the New testament.

    Blog Response: “Pharisee(s)” occurs 100 times in 95 verses in ‘The New Testament’ of the KJV

    Mat 3:7 KJV – But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
    Mat 5:20 KJV – For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed [the righteousness] of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
    Mat 9:11 KJV – And when the Pharisees saw [it], they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?
    Mat 9:14 KJV – Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?
    Mat 9:34 KJV – But the Pharisees said, He casteth out devils through the prince of the devils.
    Mat 12:2 KJV – But when the Pharisees saw [it], they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.
    Mat 12:14 KJV – Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.
    Mat 12:24 KJV – But when the Pharisees heard [it], they said, This [fellow] doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.
    Mat 12:38 KJV – Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.
    Mat 15:1 KJV – Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying,
    Mat 15:12 KJV – Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying?
    Mat 16:1 KJV – The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven.
    Mat 16:6 KJV – Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
    Mat 16:11 KJV – How is it that ye do not understand that I spake [it] not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?
    Mat 16:12 KJV – Then understood they how that he bade [them] not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
    Mat 19:3 KJV – The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?
    Mat 21:45 KJV – And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them.
    Mat 22:15 KJV – Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in [his] talk.
    Mat 22:34 KJV – But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.
    Mat 22:41 KJV – While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,
    Mat 23:2 KJV – Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:
    Mat 23:13 KJV – But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in [yourselves], neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
    Mat 23:14 KJV – Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
    Mat 23:15 KJV – Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
    Mat 23:23 KJV – Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier [matters] of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

    Mat 23:25 KJV – Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
    Mat 23:26 KJV – [Thou] blind Pharisee, cleanse first that [which is] within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
    Mat 23:27 KJV – Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead [men's] bones, and of all uncleanness.
    Mat 23:29 KJV – Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,
    Mat 27:62 KJV – Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate,
    Mar 2:16 KJV – And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners?
    Mar 2:18 KJV – And the disciples of John and of the Pharisees used to fast: and they come and say unto him, Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but thy disciples fast not?
    Mar 2:24 KJV – And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful?
    Mar 3:6 KJV – And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him.
    Mar 7:1 KJV – Then came together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem.
    Mar 7:3 KJV – For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash [their] hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders.
    Mar 7:5 KJV – Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands?
    Mar 8:11 KJV – And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him.
    Mar 8:15 KJV – And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and [of] the leaven of Herod.
    Mar 10:2 KJV – And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away [his] wife? tempting him.
    Mar 12:13 KJV – And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, to catch him in [his] words.
    Luk 5:17 KJV – And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was [present] to heal them.
    Luk 5:21 KJV – And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?
    Luk 5:30 KJV – But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?
    Luk 5:33 KJV – And they said unto him, Why do the disciples of John fast often, and make prayers, and likewise [the disciples] of the Pharisees; but thine eat and drink?
    Luk 6:2 KJV – And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days?
    Luk 6:7 KJV – And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him.
    Luk 7:30 KJV – But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him.
    Luk 7:36 KJV – And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat.
    Luk 7:37 KJV – And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that [Jesus] sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment,
    Luk 7:39 KJV – Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw [it], he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman [this is] that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.
    Luk 11:37 KJV – And as he spake, a certain Pharisee besought him to dine with him: and he went in, and sat down to meat.
    Luk 11:38 KJV – And when the Pharisee saw [it], he marvelled that he had not first washed before dinner.
    Luk 11:39 KJV – And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.
    Luk 11:42 KJV – But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
    Luk 11:43 KJV – Woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets.
    Luk 11:44 KJV – Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over [them] are not aware [of them].
    Luk 11:53 KJV – And as he said these things unto them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge [him] vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of many things:
    Luk 12:1 KJV – In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
    Luk 13:31 KJV – The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee.
    Luk 14:1 KJV – And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that they watched him.
    Luk 14:3 KJV – And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day?
    Luk 15:2 KJV – And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.
    Luk 16:14 KJV – And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.
    Luk 17:20 KJV – And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
    Luk 18:10 KJV – Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
    Luk 18:11 KJV – The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men [are], extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
    Luk 19:39 KJV – And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.
    Jhn 1:24 KJV – And they which were sent were of the Pharisees.
    Jhn 3:1 KJV – There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
    Jhn 4:1 KJV – When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John,
    Jhn 7:32 KJV – The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such things concerning him; and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take him.
    Jhn 7:45 KJV – Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him?
    Jhn 7:47 KJV – Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived?
    Jhn 7:48 KJV – Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him?

    Jhn 8:3 KJV – And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
    Jhn 8:13 KJV – The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true.
    Jhn 9:13 KJV – They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind.
    Jhn 9:15 KJV – Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.
    Jhn 9:16 KJV – Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.
    Jhn 9:40 KJV – And [some] of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?
    Jhn 11:46 KJV – But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done.
    Jhn 11:47 KJV – Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles.
    Jhn 11:57 KJV – Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a commandment, that, if any man knew where he were, he should shew [it], that they might take him.
    Jhn 12:19 KJV – The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him.
    Jhn 12:42 KJV – Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess [him], lest they should be put out of the synagogue:
    Jhn 18:3 KJV – Judas then, having received a band [of men] and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons.
    Act 5:34 KJV – Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space;
    Act 15:5 KJV – But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command [them] to keep the law of Moses.
    Act 23:6 KJV – But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men [and] brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.
    Act 23:7 KJV – And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided.
    Act 23:8 KJV – For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both.
    Act 23:9 KJV – And there arose a great cry: and the scribes [that were] of the Pharisees’ part arose, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this man: but if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God.
    Act 26:5 KJV – Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.
    Phl 3:5 KJV – Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, [of] the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;

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