Friday, October 1, 2010

Some Help for Using the Blue Letter Bible Online

I've found the Blue Letter Bible with the Strong's concordance a great help when trying to get to the root meaning of words from the Scriptures.

1. The first thing to do is click on THIS LINK

2. Click on 'Word and Phrase Search'

3. Enter a word or passage you are wanting to check out. For example...'LORD'.

4. Just under where you have written in your word to search is a box that says 'Show Strong's' which you should tick.

5. If you forget to tick that box, wait until the next screen opens up. It will list all of the references that have the word you are searching for. Just above the very first reference listed is a small grey tab which says 'show Strong's'. Click this and the screen will refresh to show you the Strong's concordance numbers.

6. Now, the benefit of seeing the Strong's concordance numbers is that it will show you the root word (Hebrew for the Old Testament versese and Greek for the New Testament verses).

7. So in our example, when I click on LORD, it brings up all the verses for this word and the word is shown in red. Now just above the red word is a number to the right.  When I click on that number, (in our case #3068) it shows me right up the top what the Hebrew script is for this word, then it says the Hebrew Transliteration, in our case it says Yehovah. Then it will give you the definition/s for this word. For the purpose of our example, I will just copy and paste what it says,

"Jehovah = "the existing One"
1) the proper name of the one true God
a) unpronounced except with the vowel pointings of 0136"

8. Scroll down on the page you are on and you'll be able to see all the verses using this same meaning throughout the Scriptures.

Hope that is helpful!
Bless you as you search the Scriptures for yourself!