The number of times that forgiveness is mentioned in the bible is an interesting topic and has an exact answer if you’re strictly looking only for the word “forgiveness”. However, the concept of forgiveness is mentioned many more times than the word itself. Let’s take a quick look.
First of all, it depends on which translation you are reading. Some versions of the bible use different words that mean the same thing. For example Hebrews 9:22 in the New International Version uses the word forgiveness, but the same verse in the King James version uses the word remission.
But for the sake of answering the question, “How many times is forgiveness mentioned in the bible”, I’ve used the New International Version to give the following stats.
The word “Forgiveness” is mentioned in the NIV bible exactly 14 times. Once in the Old Testament and thirteen times in the New Testament.
Forgiveness, as a concept, is mentioned more frequently. For example the word “Forgive” appears 42 times in the Old Testament and 33 times in the New Testament. The word “Forgiven” appears 17 times in the Old Testament and 28 times in the New Testament. And the word “Forgiving” appears 6 times in the Old Testament and 1 time in the New.
The word “Forgiveness” appears in the NIV in the following verses:
Ps. 130:4 But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared.
Mt. 26:28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Mk. 1:4 And so John came, baptising in the desert region and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
Lk. 1:77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins,
Lk. 3:3 He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
Lk. 24:47 and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
Ac. 2:38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Ac. 5:31 God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Saviour that he might give repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel.
Ac. 10:43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
Ac. 13:38 “Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.
Ac. 26:18 to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’
Ep. 1:7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace
Col. 1:14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
He. 9:22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
To answer this question I used a .pdf version of the Bible which allows me to perform word searches very, very quickly. If you don’t have a .pdf bible, I highly recommend it. Before there were computers a person might have spent years of their life searching the bible to find every instance of the word forgiveness, but I performed all these searches in less than five minutes. It’s a valuable tool for your personal bible study.
(Forgiveness by Beckah Shae)
The fact that so many people ask this question has always left me wondering, “Why did you want to know how many times forgiveness is mentioned in the bible?” And does this post answer your question? Comment your response below.