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Amazing Bible Statistics

We decided we would like to put together a nice graphical representation of some Bible Statistics that would interest both our Bible Quote recipients as well as our readers.  We started a couple of weeks ago gathering information and Bible Statistics that we found both surprising and amazing as well as some standard Bible Statistics that many of you more advanced Bible students may already know.  The interesting thing to consider about the Bible and Bible statistics in general is that the bible has been translated into so many languages and read in so many different countries that it makes for an interesting topic to consider.

Bible Statistics


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Interesting Facts

The Bible (New Testament Specifically) has actually been translated into 1185 languages and there are 900 different translations in English alone.  In addition to this there are currently 1300 other language translations in progress.  While not the most popular translation overall, the King James Version is the most widely used English translation of the Bible.  The King James version of the Bible is comprised of 1,189 chapters and 788,258 words.  This breakdown of 1,189 chapters in the King James includes 31,102 verses.  While the Bible is being used online more and more these days, there are approximately 6,001,500,000 total copies printed.  That’s correct its 6 Billion copies that have been printed.

In addition the the 6 Billion printed Bible copies, 100 million copies are sold or given away every year.  That makes annual Bible sales in America valued at somewhere between $425 and $650 million.  By the end of 1995 the total sales for the whole world was in excess of 17.75 million copies.

The Bible is translated and used throughout the world but different translations and versions are enjoyed and discussed substantially by various scholars.  Below is a list of the most popular translations in descending order.

  • Reina Valera 1960
  • King James Version
  • New Living Translation
  • Common English Bible
  • New King James Version
  • English Standard Version
  • New International Version
  • New American Standard Bible
  • Holman Christian Standard Bible
  • New International Readers Version

These are some basic Bible Statistics that we liked but we would love to get your input and feedback.  Do you have other stats you would like to share with us?  Drop us a line and lets share them with the community here at Bible Quotes.  We accumulated our Bible statistics with the aid of the following sites.  Guiness World Records, The Economist, Statistic Brain, and Thom Rainer.