Using Your Bible Resources – Strong’s Concordance

Posted on: September 16th, 2006 by Michelle Stramel 9 Comments

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 NumbersIn 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 for assistance.  Be sure you’ve checked the Help Desk Knowledgebase before you request assistance.  Thank you.

9 Responses

  1. Ed Hansberry says:

    one of my favorite features is the ability to search for where a word is/isn’t translated a certain way. for example, open the KJVEC and search for:
    day:h3117 – finds where yom is translated “day”
    -day:h3117 – finds where yom is not translated “day”
    day:-h3117 – finds “day” when it isn’t translated from the Hebrew word yom.

  2. As an FYI to those reading the post, the information that Ed has provided is regarding the search feature in PocketBible. MyBible does not have this capability. Thank you, Ed, for a great tip for our PocketBible users.

  3. Mike Kelly says:

    Here’s something for the wish list. It’s really hard to read a passage with the strongs numbers turned on. And since my pastor often makes reference to the original meaning of words, instead of having to turn strongs on (3 clicks) in order to see the original greek or hebrew (4th click), it would be great if this could work as a tap and hold feature. So for example, if I am reading from the NASEC (with strong numbers off) and I see the word Lord in a passage, I’d like to be able to tap and hold on Lord and have it say something in the pop-up menu like Original “Lord”. If the word doesn’t have a strongs number or the book does not support strongs numbers, than the option would just be in grey. I’m assuming that when I am viewing the book, the strongs numbers are just hidden so there wouldn’t be a performance hit getting the reference.

  4. Mike, thank you for your suggestion for improving the way that PocketBible works in regards to working with Strong’s numbers. It will be considered as we continue to work on improvements.

  5. Dan Wallace says:

    Is there a way to do a find in MyBible for all the occurances of a particular Greek or Hebrew word?

  6. Bob Sears says:

    I’d like to second Dan Wallace’s question, and if there isn’t a way, to request one. Finding all the occurences of a particular Greek or Hebrew word would be an amazing help to me at times.

  7. Patty Brockett says:

    Strong’s Concordance is a concordance of the English words. You look up an English word and it shows you all of the places in the Bible that the word is used. MyBible already has this feature, the ability to look up an English word to see where it occurs.

    When you look up the English word in Strong’s, it also lists the Strong’s Number. Sometimes the number is the same for all occurrences of the word, sometimes it is different. Sometimes different English words may have the same Strong’s Number. This may not be obvious unless you look at both English words. Strong’s Concordance does not show you lists of all the verses with a specific Strong’s numbers. For instance, if “a” is #1 and “b” is also #1, then I can’t look in one place to find all verses that contain #1. I can look for verses with “a” or “b”, but not #1. MyBible can’t do this either.

    Strong’s Concordance also contains 2 dictionaries, defining the numbers. MyBible has this.

    Therefore, even though MyBible cannot search by a Strong’s number, it provides all of the features that the printed Strong’s Concordance: you can find all occurrences of a word and see the definitions of the numbers.

    Yes, it would be nice if MyBible could search by Strong’s number as well.

  8. Mark Hill says:

    I’d like to cast yet another vote for searching by Strong’s numbers. That seems to me to be the whole point of a product called an “Exhaustive Concordance,” and it’s what I expected I was getting. Where’s the concordance? I’m not interested a summary of how many times a word was translated in each of several different ways–save the memory–I just want to find those passages!

  9. Mark, in the context of your comment: “That seems to me to be the whole point of a product called an ‘Exhaustive Concordance'” let me reiterate what Patty said. You can do everything with MyBible’s Exhaustive Concordance that you can do with a printed exhaustive concordance.

    Searching by Strongs numbers would be great, and we do it in our PocketBible program, but it’s not necessary to do it in order to satisfy “the whole point” of an exhaustive concordance product.

    That said, your requests have been heard loud and clear. As I said we have this feature in our PocketBible program and it’s on the list for a future version of MyBible.

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