How Do I Use Strong’s Concordance?

How Do I Use Strong’s Concordance?

Posted on Aug 24, 2015 by United Church of God Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Strong’s Exhaustive Bible Concordance is a reference tool that helps identify the common translations of the original Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek words in the Bible.

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Click on the word you want to define and you will be given the Strong’s definition as well as access to a word study definition.

You can simply look up a specific word in Strong’s hard copy from a particular scripture in the King James Version. Then, using Strong’s number, find the Hebrew or Greek word and its meaning in the respective Hebrew or Greek Dictionaries in Strong’s book.

Using the www.biblehub.com , a good way to find definitions is to type in a search for the Bible scripture, then click on “Strong’s.” This will give you “Parallel Strong’s” in several translations, including KJV. Then just click on the word you want to define and you will be given the Strong’s definition as well as access to a word study definition. This should be sufficient in order for you to understand the meaning of the respective Hebrew or Greek word.

Perhaps this could be best explained by using examples of the English words “love” and “hate” in the New Testament, which was originally written in Greek.

Love can mean the kind of love God has for humanity. Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another” (John 13:34). The word love is translated from the Greek word agapao,  number 25 in Strong’s Concordance. It means to love in a moral sense, or to exhibit divine love. Using the Bible hub website referred to, the word studies shows that agape means “actively doing what the Lord prefers.” To be able to love ( agapao ) others, we must have God’s Holy Spirit in us, giving us that kind of love (2 Timothy 1:7).

Love can also mean brotherly love, like the love we may have for those in our extended family or association to which we belong. Peter told Jesus “yes, Lord; You know that I love You” (John 21:15). This word for love comes from the Greek wordphileo,  Strong’s number 5368, and means friendship or brotherly love. You may note that Jesus asked Peter whether he loved ( agapao ) Him, but Peter replied that he loved ( phileo ) Him. At this point in his life, Peter did not have the Holy Spirit in him, so he was not capable of agapao love.

The word “hate” can mean to love less. For example, Jesus said “if anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14:26). The word “hate” is translated from the Greek word miseo  and means to love less by comparison.

If you would like more in-depth explanations of Hebrew and Greek words, you might be interested in purchasing books or software for references such as “Vine’s Expository Dictionary,” or “Mounce’s Compete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words.” 

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