Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible


STRONG'S EXHAUSTIVE CONCORDANCE TO THE BIBLE

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HIGHLIGHTS
IF I CAN USE IT, SO CAN YOU!
AN INDEX OF THE BIBLE, NOT A REPLACEMENT 
WHAT ARE STRONG'S NUMBERS?
INTRO TO BIBLE LANGUAGES, NOT A TRANSLATION
STRONG'S GOT STRONGER: THE DIGITAL AGE
BACKGROUND AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

IF I CAN USE IT, SO CAN YOU!
When I was a child, my father taught me how to use this concordance, the old fashioned way. Thankfully, I now have a digital concordance, and as you can see below, it's much easier and allows more time for studying and less time turning pages. However, investing a little time learning to use this valuable resource will bring great returns in the future. I have saved more time by using this tool, than I ever spent learning to use it. I assure you, if I can learn it, so can you! That being said, What is it?

INDEX OF THE BIBLE
It is a very useful tool for studying the scriptures. It lists where every word of the King James Bible can be found in the scriptures. It is useful for finding verses, when you know the words, but don't know the specific verse. For example, perhaps you know of a verse that says the Lord is my shepherd. You can look up the word "shepherd" in a Strong's Concordance and it will give you a list of all the verses that contain the word "shepherd".  You would then find Psalm 23:1, where David said, "The Lord is my shepherd."

WHAT ARE STRONG'S NUMBERS?
The number next to each verse represents a Hebrew word (if in the Old Testament) or a Greek word (if in the New Testament). In the back of the Concordance the Hebrew and Greek words used to translate the Bible into English are listed. The number is used to locate the corresponding Greek or Hebrew word. Then we can read the definition of the original word in the dictionary or lexicon in the back of the Concordance. We can also locate other verses in which the same words are used and compare these usages to gain a greater perspective.  We can then expand upon this foundational index system and refer to other Biblical research materials, which use Strong’s numbering system as a reference point.

INTRO TO BIBLE LANGUAGES, NOT A TRANSLATION
The Strong's Concordance and Lexicon is a great introduction to the original Hebrew and Greek Bible Languages, but it is not a substitute for a translation. It doesn't go into great depth concerning verb tense; nor does it take into consideration figures of speech used in the Bible. The definitions listed are often quite literal. However, when it comes to indexing the Bible, I have yet to find a more useful tool.  This is why so many other Bible Reference Books use the Strong’s numbering system. 

STRONG'S GOT STRONGER
What could be better than having such an abundance of references at your fingertips? Having it at the click of a mouse! There are numerous references online where you can access or download free KJV Strong's Concordances and Lexicons, as well as other biblical research materials. I would definitely suggest trying it out to find what format works best for you.
As a side note, I still have and USE the concordance my father gave me in my Junior year of high school. I won't mention how many years ago that was, but I will say it's great for our Louisiana hurricane weather when we lose electricity.


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