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How to Use the LexiConc
The Blue Letter Bible recently developed a tool, called the LexiConc, that allows users to search the English definitions of Hebrew and Greek words.
The Purpose of the LexiConc
A typical question that we receive from people is, "What are the various words for love in the New Testament?" Another question, for example, is, "How do I find out what the Hebrew and Greek is for ______ (fill in the blank)?" The LexiConc would help for determining such queries. The following help tutorial shows how to use the tool.
How to Find the LexiConc
The first step to using this tool is to find it. The LexiConc is located on our search page, which is linked on the Navigation Bar to the left.
Then click on the link called, "Hebrew/Greek Search by English Definitions (LexiConc)".
Now you will see a form with an entry box to search for a word.
Enter the Search Criterion
In the entry box, enter the word for which you would like to search. In this example we will use the word 'commend'.
Tip: this tool works best when looking up a single word at a time.
Choose the Type of Search
Notice that there are three options:
- Beginning of the Word
- Any Part of the Word
- The Entire Word
The first option, Beginning of the Word, searches through English definitions based on the beginnings of the words being searched. So for 'commend' it would find 'commend', 'commended', and 'commendation' because all three begin with 'commend'. This search is similar to entering 'commend*' in our Word and Phrase Search.
The second option, Any Part of the Word, searches through English definitions for the string of letters entered—regardless of where it appears in the word. For 'commend' it would find 'commend', 'commended', 'commendation, and 'recommend' because four words contain the string 'commend'.
The third and final option, The Entire Word, searches the definitions where the string matches an entire word. For 'commend' the only match would be 'commend'.
Tip: the LexiConc is not case sensitive.
Submit the Search
For sake of the example, let's select the middle (default) option and click 'Search'.
View the Results
After submitting the form, you are taken to a new page which lists your search results. For our example there are seven results.
Understanding the Results
In order to decipher the results, it is important to note that there are two types of words: Hebrew and Greek. The Hebrew words are used in the Old Testament; the Greek words are used in the New Testament. Sometimes certain search criteria will only occur in one of the testaments (e.g., 'singer' is only used in the OT and 'justification' is only used in the NT).
In the results for our example, there are two Hebrew words and five Greek words that match 'commend' in one way or another. They are displayed in a table, showing the Strong's number, the transliterated Hebrew/Greek word, the pronunciation, and the English equivalent.
The Strong's Numbers
The Strong's number is an integral part of the BLB. It helps users to access the original languages of the Bible using a non-technical methodology. By clicking on the Strongs number the user is taken to the Lexicon page, which both defines the word and presents every occurrence of it in the Bible.
The second column represents the transliteration of the Hebrew/Greek word using English characters.
The third column contains the pronunciation for the Hebrew/Greek word.
The English Equivalents
The last column contains various translations of the given Hebrew/Greek word, including the meaning that ties into the word originally entered for the search designated by red, bold face text.
Try It for Yourself
Hebrew/Greek Search by English Definitions (LexiConc)
To search for words in the BLB Lexicon using English definitions, type the word in the entry box below. This tool is helpful to compare the different Hebrew/Greek words used for their English equivalents (e.g. mercy
). It is nicknamed "LexiConc" because it is a concordance of the Lexicon.