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How to study the Bible - How to use Strongs Concordance


Bible Study Tools (cont'd)  Strong's Concordance

Psa 119:9-12 (KJV)
 BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? 
by taking heed thereto according to thy word. 
{10} With my whole heart have I sought thee: 
O let me not wander from thy commandments. 
{11} Thy word have I hid in mine heart, 
that I might not sin against thee.
 {12} Blessed art thou, O LORD: 
teach me thy statutes.

Dear Friends in Christ,
If I were ever limited to only 2 books to have on a desert island, they would be a King James Bible and a Strong's Exhaustive Concordance. I have been a big fan of The Strongs Concordance for over 35 years. 

The book has been in existence for over 100 years, and is the first example of a manually searchable database of Bible words. There is even a Hebrew and Greek Dictionary in the back, with the English words keyed to the corresponding Hebrew or Greek words by a simple numbering system, thereby eliminating the need to read the other language, and yet allowing one to get an understanding of the deeper meanings of the original word which often helps to clarify misunderstandings in interpretation of a Bible verse.

The only way to improve on Strong's Exhaustive was to computerize it and add a search engine. An example of a Computerized Strongs Concordance, along with many other useful Bible Study tools, are all available at the following website  online and no need to download..

http://bible.crosswalk.com/index.cgi

I suggest that you become familiar with using this classic Bible study tool to further your own education in God's Word....doing topic studies, word studies, character studies and doctrine studies. We are truly blessed in this age with the opportunity to use these tools for the furtherance of our growth in Christ and the furtherance of God's Kingdom. Let us not let them become an un-used blessing, especially when there is so much darkness in the world around us. 

Jer 15:16 (KJV) 
Thy words were found, and I did eat them; 
and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart:
 for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.

In Christ.................brother bob........<><


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            HOW TO STUDY THE BIBLE   Lesson 5b : How To Use the Strong's Concordance

            http://www.theanswer.org/biblestudy/strongs.htm

            A concordance is an index, or alphabetical listing, of words used in the Bible, with references to chapter and verse. Strongs is an exhaustive (or complete) index of all the words used in the King James Version of the Bible.  It lists every word in the Bible including every "a", "and", "the", "but" and similar words, and every verse where they are found. A concordance is a tool for the Bible student to study all the places in the Bible where a particular word is found, or more broadly, to study a Bible topic,  a Bible subject, person, idea or doctrine.

            There are several reasons for using a concordance:

            (1) TO LOCATE A VERSE OF SCRIPTURE

              Remember the time you could remember a Bible verse, or part of a Bible verse, but you just couldn't remember where it was in the Bible? This is the most common reason why people use a concordance.

              HOW?  Find the verse by looking up in the concordance the most striking word in that verse.  Try not to use "common" words. The more common the word, like ""the" or "God"  the longer the list in the concordance, and consequently the harder the verse is to find. For instance, in John 3:16 a more striking word would be "only begotton" or "perish".

            (2) TO FIND THE DEFINITION OF ORIGINAL GREEK AND HEBREW WORDS.

              Let's consider, for example, the word "accusers" in 2 Timothy 3:3. This word is found in the main concordance and alongside is found the number 1228, which refers to the Greek dictionary in the back of the concordance.

              Notice that the numbers for the Old Testament Hebrew words are "regular," while the numbers for the New Testament Greek words are in italics. In the case of number 1228 in the Greek dictionary, the order of information is as follows:

                1. the Greek word

                2. the "transliteration" of the Greek word, or how it is written in English letters

                3. how to pronounce the word

                4. the etymology of the word, or where the word came from

                5. the definition of the word, in this case "a TRADUCER: specifically SATAN compare 7815 O.T."

                6. the different ways the word is translated into English in the King James. The translations always appear after the (:). In our example. we learn that this same Greek word appears in the English New Testament as "false accuser," "devil," and "slanderer."

            Now take your Concordance and work through the same steps with a word from the Old Testament:  You can start with the word "awe" in Psalm 4:4.

            (3) TO DO WORD STUDIES, or to find all the places a particular Greek or Hebrew term is used in the Bible.

              It's one thing to find all the places in the Bible where the English word "propitiation" is used. But what if this word is translated differently in different verses? The most accurate and precise way to study Bible ideas is to find all the places a particular Greek or Hebrew word is found. One way is to use a Greek or Hebrew concordance.

              Or..... you can use your Strongs. Let me show you how.

              Remember, all the different ways a word is translated are found at the end of each listing in the Hebrew and Greek dictionaries. So you have to work backwards by looking up the English translation words in the main concordance, and then you look for the number.

              Let's use our example: 'propitiation' in 1 John 1:9.

                First, note the number 2435. Then write down all of the verses where this number occurs. Where else does it occur?

                  ROMANS 3:25 and 1 JOHN 4:10.

                Second. make a note of the different ways the word is translated. How else is it translated? Only one way:

                  MERCYSEAT.

                Third. look back into the main concordance index:

                "mercyseat.' This tells us that our search has ended. There is only one other place where this Greek word hilasteron is used: in Hebrews 9:5. So the term is found only four times in the New Testament.

            (4) TO DO TOPICAL STUDIES, that is, the study of related words and ideas. When we organize everything the Bible has to say on a given subject we call it a DOCTRINE.   There are any number of TOPICS in the Scriptures.  To do a Topical Study simply take your Concordance and look up ALL the references where that particular word is used and write them down.  Then look up the verses and begin to study them.

              John Bunyan, author of Pilgram's Progress once wrote: "I dare not presume to say I know I have hit right in everything; but this I can say I have endeavored to do. I have not fished in other men's water. My Bible and concordance are my only library in my writing."

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--Bible Study Verses to Ponder--

2 Tim 2:14-16 (KJV)
 Of these things put them in remembrance, 
charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, 
but to the subverting of the hearers. 

{15} Study to show thyself approved unto God, 
a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, 
rightly dividing the word of truth. 
{16} But shun profane and vain babblings:
 for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

2 Tim 2:14-16 AMPLIFIED
 

14 Remind [the people] of these facts 
and [solemnly] charge them in the presence of the Lord 
to avoid petty controversy over words, 
which does no good but upsets and undermines the faith of the hearers.

15 Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God 
approved (tested by trial), 
a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, 
correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.

16 But avoid all empty (vain, useless, idle) talk,
 for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness.

2 Tim 2:14-16 (TLB-The Living Bible) 
Remind your people of these great facts,
 and command them in the name of the Lord 
not to argue over unimportant things. 
Such arguments are confusing and useless and even harmful. 

{15} Work hard so God can say to you, "Well done." 
Be a good workman, one who does not need to be ashamed 
when God examines your work.
 Know what his Word says and means.
 {16} Steer clear of foolish discussions
 that lead people into the sin of anger with each other. 

2 Tim 2:14-16 (Expanded Translation)
{14}These things be constanly reminding them,
charging them in the presence of God
not to be continually wrangling about empty and trifling matters,
which results in not one useful thing, 
since it ruins those who hear.
{15}Bend your every effort to present yourself to God,
approved, a workman unashamed,
expounding soundly the Word of Truth.
{16}But with reference to unhallowed and empty discussions,
give them wide berth, 
for they will progress toward more impiety towards God, 
and their word will spread as does a cancer.

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