This is the second article in a series on how to effectively use your Bible resources. If you missed the first one, I’d like to recommend that you click here to be taken to an article on how to use your Study Bibles and Commentaries. It provides a base for the rest of the articles in this series and I don’t want you to miss out on some of the important tips that were provided. If you remember my analogy from the first article then you know that we’re working with a library of books. Today we’re going to take the Strong’s Concordance off the shelf and review different ways to use the information that has been provided.
Let’s start with the basics. Open your Bible with the Strong’s Concordance. This may be KJVEC or it may be NASEC. Go to a location in the Bible for which you want more information.
The Strong’s numbers can be toggled on and off as needed so when you just want to read the Bible without the numbers interfering, turn them off. When you’re ready to do your word studies, turn them back on.
In MyBible, tap Options, and Strong’s Numbers. In PocketBible, tap View, Options, and Show Strong’s Numbers.
Now that you have your Bible open and the Strong’s numbers turned on, you’re ready to do your word studies. MyBible and PocketBible vary on how this part of the application works. The information received is the same. How you receive it may be different. I’ll start with MyBible.
In MyBible, when you want to see the dictionary definition of a particular Strong’s number, just tap the number for which you want that information and you will find the dictionary window open with the information you seek. Tap Close to move back to the main screen. This allows you to have a full window of your Bible verses open and then you only access the dictionary when you want more information on a particular word.
If you are going to review multiple words then there is a better way. Tap Tap to open book in the lower left corner. If you’re in the Old Testament, select the Hebrew dictionary (KJVHB or NASHB). If you’re in the New Testament, select the Greek dictionary (KJVGK or NASGK). Now you are in a split screen. Tap any Strong’s number in the top window and you will find the definition appear in the bottom window.
If you want to go to a specific Strong’s number and review the information without tapping a Strong’s number in the Bible window, go to Options and Dictionary. Enter the letter “h” if looking up a Hebrew number and enter the letter “g” if looking up a Greek number. Then follow the letter with the number of the definition that you want to review (h1234). Tap Lookup.
If you know the Greek or Hebrew transliteration of the word but you don’t know the number, you can lookup the definition with the Find feature. Tap the down arrow in the upper left corner of the Greek or Hebrew book window. Select Find and enter your word (agape). Tap Find. This will provide you with ALL articles in that dictionary that contain that word so if you enter a common word (such as “age”), then you will get more than you’re looking for but it will include what you want.
In PocketBible, when you tap any Strong’s number then a second window will automatically open with the dictionary definition. As you continue to tap numbers then you will see the dictionary definition in the bottom window.
PocketBible has a powerful search tool that allows you to find a number, a transliterated word, or all verses in the Bible containing a specific Greek or Hebrew word. To find a Strong’s number or transliterated word tap the window containing the dictionary. This makes it the active window. Tap the Find icon (looks like a magnifying glass). Verify that you do not have any categories or highlights selected. Enter the number (123) or transliterated word (agape) for which you want to search and tap OK. It is not necessary to enter a G or H to signify Greek or Hebrew in front of the number.
To find all verses in the Bible containing a specific Greek or Hebrew word, tap the Bible window to make that window active. Tap the Find icon. Enter a G + Strong’s number if searching NT or H + Strong’s number if searching OT. Or, if you know the transliterated word, enter the word instead of the number. Do your search and the found verses will be listed in the bottom window.
To close the find results list, tap the icon that looks like a magnifying glass over a piece of paper. Tapping that icon will toggle the search results list open and close. Closing allows you more screen real estate when reading without losing your search results.
This concludes the lesson for this week. You can place your book back on the shelf. Next week I will cover other reference books such as Nave’s Topical Bible, the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, and Bible dictionaries.
If you own the KJV with Strong’s Concordance and haven’t downloaded the update that was posted 09/15/06, go to the login page of our website, login to your account, download and install the updated version. There were several gaps in the dictionary definitions that have been corrected in the update.
NOTE: If you are having trouble with your MyBible or PocketBible software, please do not post your technical support issues as a comment. Instead, you need to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. Be sure you’ve checked the Help Desk Knowledgebase before you request assistance. Thank you.