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What Is A Strongs Concordance

Could you please give me your views of Strongs Concordance? I would like to get one to help me with the Bible but I don't really know what it is and I don't know if I should spend the money for one. Is it a dictionary? What exactly is it?

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Strong's Concordance is an alphabetical index of every word in the King James Bible--including such as "a", "an," "and", "the"--giving the verse/s they appear in.

There are also Greek and Hebrew lexica--useful for the layman, but not enough for the professional or academic.

Some editions have supplements for other Bible versions.

Strong's Concordance is indespensible for Bible study.
---Jack on 5/23/07

Steveng -
"The same with the rapture and other Christian doctrines. This is the main reason why we have over 3,000 different Christian religions in the world."
Amen to that. I totally agree with that statement.
---Bob on 10/26/06

**2 Timothy 2:15, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God,**

The word "study" does not mean in an academic sense, but "strive".

Jack, it's obvious you've studied to shew thyself approved. ;)
---augua9846 on 10/26/06

**2 Timothy 2:15, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God,**

The word "study" does not mean in an academic sense, but "strive".
---Jack on 10/26/06

Bruce: I could also quote verses that say otherwise, but, of course, you already know them. You see, I've learned along time ago that I could make you believe anything your heart desires by just taking verses out of context. I could make you believe in Hell and I could make you believe that Hell doesn't exist. The same with the rapture and other Christian doctrines. This is the main reason why we have over 3,000 different Christian religions in the world.
---Steveng on 10/25/06

2 Timothy 2:15, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
---Bruce5656 on 10/25/06

Steveng -
I use a Strongs. I sit at my desk; I use a light to read by. My faith is strong. I can feel the Holy Spirit's work through me. I view the Strongs as a valuable tool to do research, the same as the light to read by. If my faith were stronger perhaps I would not need the light to read by in the dark. The Strongs is just a tool. I do not worship it. There is no way a Christian can be too educated. To educate yourself about God is a compliment to him.
---Bob on 10/25/06



Re John 15:2. A, now deceased, friend of mine was a tremendous Greek scholar. This passage troubled him. For some time he pondered the word airo. He scribbled it on his note pad over and over as he considered its meaning in the context of John 15:2. One day a Greek man came into his office and noticed the scribbling.
---Bruce5656 on 10/24/06

When my friend explained to him why it was there, the man told him that when his grandfather finished building a boat (in Greece) and let it go down the boat slip for the first time, as it hit the water, he would call out Airo!
---Bruce5656 on 10/24/06

He was calling out to the sea to bear up or support the boat and not to let it sink. For my friend this was like a revelation as he realized how God bears us up when we need his help. The story is about a vineyard and its keeper. The husbandman of a vineyard does prop up underproducing parts of the vine so they may get more sun and have greater opportunity for growth.
---Bruce5656 on 10/24/06

All of this together makes a very persuasive argument for the verse telling us that God nurtures us in such circumstances, not cuts us off.

Judas was not not bearing fruit. He was a greedy selfish sinful man who sought his own advancement at the expense of his friend.
---Bruce5656 on 10/24/06

I am not a Judas. Nor is any (true) Christian. We are his children. He nurtures us and strengthens us when we are weak. 2 Cor 12:9-10, "And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
---Bruce5656 on 10/24/06

Steveng don't be so contrary. I've been saved for 30 years and I still go to my Strong's when I'm looking for a particular verse when I can only think of a word or 2 that's in the verse. It will lead me to the verse I seek.
---NV_Barbara on 10/24/06

Your friends & family must be very proud of you, & your point is well taken. The only reading material(s) I'd want "my surgeon" to have available to him/her in the operating room would be my x-rays, ekg data & any other data pertinent to my operation. Other than that, I'd expect my doctor to be a highly skilled, morally straight (ethical), and (if at all possible) a Christian "professional" . Thanks Doctor Jack. :)
---Leon on 10/24/06

Concerning what Bruce said about John 15:2 (in Eighth Part): This might be a case of what I mentioned below, of someone thinking they can choose any meaning a word has to fit a Scripture translation of their own, but I suspect YOU got the interpretation that 'airO' doesn't mean 'take away' here from some commentary. It makes sense to see this branch as someone like Judas; 'pruning' is a perfectly good gardening idea too!
---danie9374 on 10/24/06

Since Bruce mentioned one that's rather old, everyone should know that the FREE Online Bible continues to be developed; new edition 2006. It comes with a TSK and Strong's #s with KJV, but MANY extra books and modules can be also be added for free! You do, of course, need to be very careful in your selections as some books may even be heretical.
---danie9374 on 10/24/06

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It would be a great blessing indeed to see everyone truly get saved, then we could all bless others with our words, rather than dis others. RIGHT and RIGHT.
---Eloy on 10/24/06

** Professor Jack: Are you endorsing the use of Strong's Concordance for us laymen (unprofessionals) only or did I hear you say a scholar like yourself might occasionally reference it when in the presence of us Bible studying commoners?**

Would you expect a surgeon to carry a first-aid manual into the operating room before beginning to work on you?

BTW--I have a doctorate in divinity.
---Jack on 10/23/06

Is your faith so weak that you must depend on concordances (besides, Strong's concordance is the interpretation of one man), novels, Christian dictionaries, and other reference books to develop a simple relationship with God? The Apostles learned about this relationship within three years and went out into the world without scripts.

Don't be like the 70 year old man who spent his entire life going to church and learn nothing. Time is short, the harvest is large, the workers are few.
---Steveng on 10/23/06

I meant to say that you can download God's Word For Windows. It is an excellent program that I use constantly. With that program you simply right click on a word and select "Strongs" and you have the information I mentioned before. It is a free program (shareware) and if you go to the developer's website, you can find the registration number there freely available so you can get rid of the startup nag screen.
---Bruce5656 on 10/23/06

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Sue, yes you can download it on the esword, its KJV with Strongs. It has the numbers after the words, so all you have to do is put the curser over the number and the strongs automatically pops up, very easy.
---bethie on 10/23/06

Professor Jack: Are you endorsing the use of Strong's Concordance for us laymen (unprofessionals) only or did I hear you say a scholar like yourself might occasionally reference it when in the presence of us Bible studying commoners?

Just curious, that's all. :-)
---Leon on 10/22/06

You can find Strong's concordance online. Google "Strong's concordance online."

Your ignorance is showing. Strong's is most decidedly not a translation. Not even close!

It is a concordance. If you don't know what that means, look it up in a dictionairy.
---Bruce5656 on 10/22/06

THANK YOU all for the great responses. I was also wondering if a Strongs Concordance is in e-Sword, that online Bible study?
---sue on 10/22/06

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If you are going to acquire a software version of Strong's insure you get one that has the reverse look up feature. This give you all of the different English words that are used for any Hebrew or Greek word. I find it to be an invaluable asset. It is a feature in the Word Search product and likely a feature in Logos product.
---Phil_the_Elder on 10/21/06

** Strong's Concordance ... is his interpretation of scripture.**

Wrong. It is an INDEX of every word in the Bible. It's NOT a Bible commentary.

** It is intellectual. **


Just because something is intellectual does that make it bad? Why do Christians think they have to turn off their brains?

**It is expensive. **


It can be found for around $20-30, which might be expensive for some people, but is doable for most.
---Jack on 10/21/06

How many here really, truly depends upon the Holy Spirit for guidance? When a person uses a concordance, a Christian dictionary, a novel, or any other reference book, he, or she, depends less on the Holy Spirit for understanding. Besides, Strong concordance is the interpretation of one man. So are all the other reference books and novels. And what does the Bible say about one mans interpretation?
---Steveng on 10/21/06

Sue: Reading a real book vs. computer screens can be more beneficial to some people; esp. if they have a problem with their monitor. However, for those who can spend hours looking at one, there is not only a free Bible program available, but a number of online web sites with more tools than most people can afford! Please message me to discuss various sites and editions in detail.
---danie9374 on 10/21/06

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\1\ Personally, I'd first recommend a good Treasury of Scripture Knowledge book (various editions exist); they contain huge amt. of 'cross-references' to other Bible passages. Basically a Strong's (or any 'Exhaustive') Concordance is a listing of every occurrance of every English word (alphabetically arranged) that's in your version of the Bible and a Ref. number next to each occurrance that indicates the basic Hebrew or Greek word it translated; [cont.]
---danie9374 on 10/21/06

\2\ plus a listing 'in numerical order' of those Ref.#s (in the back fo the book) that shows what each of those Hebrew/Greek words are; plus various lengths of comments on them (including related words in other passages) depending upon which edition you buy! Quite frankly, there are way too many people who actually believe they know as much as any Bible translator just because they have a Strong's Concordance, or some Interlinear Bible! Anyway, using Strong's is often a laborious three- [cont.]
---danie9374 on 10/21/06

\3\ to multi-step process for many people, because what they actually want to know is where a particular Heb./Grk. word is used in the Bible; *not* just an English word. So they start with an English word, find a Heb./Grk. word ref.#, go to the back, find the list of English words there, then look up each English word and search for usages with only that Ref.# ! Young's Analytical Concordance is set up a bit differently; each original Heb./Grk. word that the English word... [cont.]
---danie9374 on 10/21/06

\4\ was used to translate is listed in the main body under that English word; then there still Heb./Grk. lexicons in the back (no Ref. numbers) to find each English word under all the Heb./Grk. words. Most people who begin with a concordance to do 'word studies' end up buying Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words and other references rather than continue working with Strong's alone! Ralph Winter (and many others since) made a KJV Bible edition with Strong's Ref.# next to [cont.]
---danie9374 on 10/21/06

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\5\ almost every word, but also included a copy of the Englishman's Analytical Lexicon(s) with it!! That work is similar to Young's Concordance. So, such a Bible saves you a step in using Strong's as well. Financially, if you already have Net accesss, online helps are great; if not, well... I'm very glad I bought most of my library over 20 years ago!!!
---danie9374 on 10/21/06

Strong's Concordance is a scripture-by-scripture interpretation by a gentleman whose last name is Strong. It is his interpretation of scripture. It is intellectual. It is expensive. It is not a dictionary. Some Bibles come with a concordance in the back which is very helpful. I use that portion of my Bible often when trying to find a particular verse. You can look up a particular word that you know is in a scripture and it will help you find that scripture.
---Susie on 10/21/06

I am not sure if I am right, but I think corcordance is Bible dictionary. If you try to locate a particular verse from the Bible, let's say, "And the peace of God which passes all understanding will guide your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus," you can look for word "peace" or "understanding" and the book will give you all Bible verses with these words in them including the one I mentioned. It's a good one to have.
---elena on 10/21/06

A concordance is like an index of words in the Bible. You look up a word and it tells you which verses it appears in. A lot of bibles have a concordance in the back. Usually the entries will have the words around it as well.
---Bruce5656 on 10/21/06

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:For example: In the back of my Bible, I find two entries under the word "casting"
- Ye see me casting down Jb. 6:21
- if casting away be reconciliing Ro 11:15
---Bruce5656 on 10/21/06

Strong's Corconcordance has every instance of every word listed. More than this, each word is assigned a number that corresponds to an entry in a Hebrew or Greek dictionary.
---Bruce5656 on 10/21/06

Example: in Phil 3:12-15 "perfect" appears twice.

Looking up the word "perfect" in the Strongs Concordance I see that there two different Greek words used for the "perfect" in v 12 and the one in v. 15. Strong has assigned each Greek word a number. In this case the "perfect" in v.12 is from the Greek "teleioo" and it is number 5048. The
"perfect" in v. 15 is from the Greek "teleios" and is number 5046.
---Bruce5656 on 10/21/06

Now I dont know Greek so I would have no idea how to find that word in a Greek dictionary. So I go to the Greek dictionary in the back of the book (Hebrew for the OT and Greek for the NT), look up the numbers 5048 and 5046 (even I can do that) and find:
the word,
the entomology of the word,
how it is translated
---Bruce5656 on 10/21/06

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the number of times it appears for each way it is translated, [in the AV (Authorized Version)] and
the total number of times it appears and
the definitions of the word
all in English.
---Bruce5656 on 10/21/06

I find that the first - 5048 teleioo means - perfect in the sense of finished or completed, brought to an end.and the the second - 5046 teleios means - mature.

So Paul is saying that he has not yet achieved complete perfection. He strives to "press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." And that as many of us as be mature should do the same.
---Bruce5656 on 10/21/06

Many people are not aware that some Hebrew and Greek words have multiple meanings. With this book, anyone can look up and find out what the various meanings are. Sometimes this type of study can cast new light on what is being read.

Here is another example.
John 15:2, "Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit."
---Bruce5656 on 10/21/06

"Taketh away" is a translation of the Greek: "airo"
Many sermons have been written about "not bearing fruit" and being "cut off" or "taken away" removed from the vine.

In fact the primary meaning of the word is "to raise up, elevate, lift up". A person who keeps grapes will take a branch that is not producing well and prop it up on a stick so it
---Bruce5656 on 10/21/06

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will get more light and produce better. Jesus was saying that if a Christian is not bearing fruit he will nurture them to help them grow and produce fruit! Not "cut them off". This passage is about the care and nurturing the master of the vineyard gives his vines.

So, Sue, it is a tremendous resource and well worth the investment for serious Bible Study.
---Bruce5656 on 10/21/06

Strongs is a system for identifying words in the Bible keyed to the AV/KJV it give a number for each word in Old Testament and the New Testamentand a definition of each word. Many specialty Bibles are printed with the Strong's numbers over each word. It is available in Print editions and as Bible software and there are web sites that have it available on line in conjuction with Bible texts. Software cost will vary accoeding to user friendly ness and what it is bundled with.
---Phil_the_Elder on 10/21/06

It is somewhat like a dictionary, but it gives reference to where a certain subject is in other parts of the bible. I have a CD on my computer and in my bible, it helps me out alot.
---Rebecca_D on 10/21/06

I use my Strong's often in research or just to locate a verse I "think" I know a couple of words in. It can be used as a dictionary because every word listed (all words in the KJV Bible) has a number that is also listed in another section giving the root and a definition. As for price, I have seen pricing for a paperback at $15 on up to a bound edition at $50. I suggest the best you can afford (plus $10). A good copy lasts a long time and will be used often...
---mikefl on 10/21/06

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