Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "God" in Russian

This Russian word is one of the top 1000 words in Russian. The complete list of most common Russian words is available here.


Meaning: God, god, genius (coll.)

Pronunciation: [bohkh]

Part of speech: noun (masculine noun)

Rank: #244 (see frequency list)

 Example sentences:
  • В нача́ле сотвори́л Бог не́бо и зе́млю.
  • In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
  • Дре́вние славя́не бы́ли многобо́жниками, в их пантео́не бы́ло мно́го бого́в.
  • Ancient Slavs were polytheists; their pantheon had a lot of gods.
  • Христиа́нский догма́т о Свято́й Тро́ице утвержда́ет еди́нство Бо́га в трёх ли́цах: Бог Оте́ц, Бог Сын и Бог Свято́й Дух.
  • The Christian doctrine of the Trinity defines God as three divine persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
  • По древнегре́ческой рели́гии Зевс — "оте́ц бого́в и люде́й".
  • According to ancient Greek religion, Zeus is “the Father of all gods and men”.
  • Я царь — я раб — я червь — я бог! (Г.Р. Держа́вин, "Бог", 1784)
  • I'm king—I'm a slave—I'm a worm—I'm God! (G. Derzhavin, “God”, 1784)
  • Да э́тот па́рень про́сто бог гита́ры!
  • This guy is a god at the guitar!
  • Бо́г мой, э́то же Мари́я Петро́вна! Как она́ измени́лась!
  • Oh my God, it’s Maria Petrovna! She’s changed so much!
  • Атеи́сты не ве́рят в Бо́га.
  • Atheists don’t believe in God.
  • Мне о́чень нра́вится кни́га бра́тьев Струга́цких "Тру́дно быть бо́гом".
  • I like a lot the book “Hard to Be a God” by the Strugatsky brothers.
  • Моя́ бáбушка ча́сто говори́ла: "На Бо́га наде́йся, а сáм не плошáй!"
  • My grandmother often said: “God helps those who help themselves!”

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • Бог зна́ет = only God knows that
  • Бог мой! = Oh, Lord! Gee!
  • Ей-бо́гу! = bless me!
  • Ра́ди Бо́га! = for God’s sake!
  • не да́й Бог = Heaven forbid
      literal  (lit. God, don’t let)
  • Бо́г с ним = never mind
      literal  (lit. let God be with him)
  • отдава́ть/отда́ть Бо́гу ду́шу = commend soul to God
 Related words:
  • боги́ня = goddess
  • бо́же = oh, God (vocative)
  • божество́ = divine being
  • боже́ственный = divine
  • обожествля́ть = idolize
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Бережёного Бог бережёт.
  • One cannot be too careful.
  •  literal  He, who keeps himself safe, is kept safe by God.
  • Бог лю́бит тро́ицу.
  • Third time’s a charm.
  •  literal  God loves Trinity.
  • Кто ра́ньше встаёт, тому́ Бог подаёт.
  • The early bird catches the worm.
  •  literal  God feeds those who get up early.
  • На Бо́га наде́йся, а сам не плоша́й.
  • God helps those who help themselves.
  •  literal  Hope for God, but don’t slip up.
 Other forms of the word (declensions):
Case Singular Plural
Phrase recordings: Copyright(c) 2011 All rights reserved.
Word recordings: Copyright(c) 2006 Streit Goulnara, Streit Eric, Vion Nicolas. Copyright(c) 2007 S. Sakhno, N. Vion. Distributed under CC-BY.

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