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Divinity Library Instructional Guide: BibleWorks 7.0


BibleWorks is a Bible concordance and morphological analysis program. It contains the Hebrew Bible, the Greek New Testament, the Greek Septuagint, the Latin Vulgate, and many other translations of the Bible. BibleWorks is a powerful software for analysis and exegesis of biblical text, but the results are only as accurate as the ability of the user.

Screen Layout
The BibleWorks screen is divided into three main portions. The left side contains the Search Window. Just above the Search Window is the Command Line. Word, phrase, or verse searches are typed into the Command Line and the results are displayed in the Search Window. At the center of the screen is the Browse Window. The Browse Window displays the text of the verse[s] in the selected display version and order. The final portion of BibleWorks is the Analysis Window. When the mouse cursor is placed over a word from a tagged version of the Bible in the Browse Window, morphological and lexical information about that word or verse appears in the Analysis Window on the left side. The Analysis Window contains all morphological and lexical information, links to all unlocked resources, a place to create user notes, and a region for editing text.

Bible Works main page

A version of the Bible is tagged with a yellow dot if notes are connected to a word or verse of that version. In BibleWorks 7 the Hebrew, Greek, and many frequently used English translations are tagged.

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Viewing and Editing Text

To view a text, first select the version of the Bible you would like to search. The fastest way to do this is to type the three letter abbreviation for the version you would like to search in the Command Line. The three letter abbreviation is displayed on the Command Line Versions Button located to the left of the Command Line.
The Command Line Versions Button looks like this:
Command Line Versions Button

The search version can also be changed by selecting the desired version from the Browse Window Header located above the Browse Window:
Browse Window Bar

To display a desired version of a verse in the Browse Window, type d followed by the three letter abbreviation of the desired version in the Command Line and press enter. The new version will appear in the Browse Window.
select verse version

To display the text of a specific verse, type the three letter book abbreviation followed by the chapter and verse number in the Command Line and press enter.
text of specific verse

To display a range of verses, type the desired range as below:
range of verses

The results will appear in the Browse Window.
To edit text highlight the text you would like to edit. Right click and select Copy phrase to editor. The selected text will appear in the Text Editor in the Analysis Window. While in the Text Editor, text can be edited as if in a standard word processor.

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Copying Text to Another Program [based on BibleWorks 7 Study Guides]

If you would like to copy text to another program select Tools| Copy Center. Under What to Copy choose the button for Browse Window Text. Under Where to Copy It choose Copy to Clipboard. Then click Copy.

copying text

The desired text is now on the clipboard and able to be pasted to any program. After copying the text to the clipboard, go to your word processor or other program to paste the Bible verses to the proper location. Notice that copying the Browse Window text copies and pastes the text from every display version. You can add or delete Bible versions from the versions box to paste text from specific versions.

There are a few other ways to copy text as well. One way to copy Browse Window text is to highlight the text you wish to copy and then click the right mouse button. Select Copy Phrase to Clipboard, and then paste the phrase to the desired program.

You can also use the Ctrl+C buttons to copy the highlighted text and Ctrl+V to paste the text into the other program. If you want to select all the text in the Browse Window, you can use the Ctrl+A shortcut command.

By default, BibleWorks exports foreign language texts in BibleWorks' own fonts. If you are printing the text on a computer with BibleWorks these fonts are usually adequate, but if you wish to save the text for use in a computer without BibleWorks you must change to a Unicode font (An excellent source for more information about Unicode and biblical languages is Rodney J. Decker's Unicode site.).

To change the output font to Unicode, click the Setup Window Button:
Setup Window Button
In the Options Window, click the Fonts tab and select Export Fonts.

Export Fonts

Then select the font you would like BibleWorks to export into (note: not all fonts contain the necessary characters to export correctly into Unicode).

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Searching in BibleWorks is relatively easy once the proper commands are learned. Below are some of the basic commands.

Single Word search: Type a period followed by the word on the Command Line and press the Enter.
single world search

Using the mouse:

  1. Highlight the word you wish to search for.
  2. Click on the highlighted word.
  3. Click Search for Phrase.

Phrase search: Type a single quotation mark followed by the phrase in the Command Line and press Enter.
phrase search

Using the mouse:

  1. Highlight a phrase.
  2. Click on the phrase with the right mouse button.
  3. Click Search for Phrase.

Using the wildcard in a phrase search:
The asterisk * can be used in a phrase search to represent any single word.


This search finds all the verses with the phrase faith, any one word, and Christ (i.e. faith in Christ or faith of Christ).

sample search

This search finds all the verses with any one word, of, any one word, and the phrase of God (i.e. glory and praise of God or wisdom and knowledge of God).

sample search 2

The asterisk followed by a number represents the maximum number of words between the two (or more) search words. This search finds all of the verses with a phrase beginning with the word love and followed by the word god, with 3 or fewer word intervening (i.e. love the LORD your God or love of God).

sample search 3

To specify the exact number of words intervening use an asterisk for each word. This search finds all the verses with love, any three words, and god (i.e. love the Lord your God).

Boolean Searches (And, Or, Not)
These searches are done using the Command Line.

And Search
Type a period followed by words or Strong's numbers on the Command Line and press the Enter key.
and boolean search

This search finds all of the times that both of these words occur in a single verse.

To specify the number of verses within which words occur: Type a period followed by words or Strong's numbers and type a semicolon followed by the number of verses directly after the last word.
boolean searching

This search finds all verses with the word faith and the word works within 3 verses.

Or Search

Type a forward slash followed by the words or Strong's numbers on the Command Line and press the Enter key.
boolean search

This search finds all the verses in which either one or both words occur.

Not Search

Type the search but precede the word to be excluded with an exclamation point.
or boolean search

This search finds all the verses with the word Jesus but not the word Christ.

boolean search

This search finds Lord my God and not Lord your God.

To see previous search commands:

  1. Click on the Command Line to make it active.
  2. Use the up and down arrows on the keyboard to move through the previous commands.
  3. You can then edit and/or rerun earlier searches.

Searching with Strong's numbers:

Searches can be performed with Strong's numbers using either King James Version (KJV), New American Standard (NAS) or any version that is tagged to Strong's numbers. Strong's number searches allow users to access Hebrew and Greek definitions for a given word without knowledge of those languages.

A search for a word by its Strong's number looks as follows:
search with Strong's number

This search finds every occurrence of the word with the Strong's number 4043 (peripateo- to walk).

Strong's number searches also allow you to search for each time a certain original language word is translated by a certain English word.
strong language search

This search finds every time the word lord translates the word with the Strong's number 2962 (kurios- lord, master).

To learn more about searching with Strong's numbers see the BibleWorks Online Help Contents| Command Line examples| Looking up Strong's number codes.

Searching Two or More English Translations (from BibleWorks 7 Study Guides)
The Graphical Search Engine (GSE) is a powerful search tool with special abilities that English Bible-Only users will enjoy. The GSE allows you to search in two or more English translations at the same time for different words.
For example, if you want to find all the verses where the NRS has spirit and the KJV has ghost, this search cannot be run from the Command Line. You can only use one search version at a time with that tool.
The GSE allows you to search as many versions at the same time as you wish. Open the GSE by selecting Search| Graphical Search Engine. The GSE window will open and contain 2 boxes. If the boxes are not NRS, select Edit| Select all. Select the Edit| Change version of selected objects. Choose NRS on the dropdown box.
The box with the blue insert is a Word Box. Double-click on the Word Box to open it. Select Word in the Search Method box and enter the word spirit. Click the OK button, and the Word Box now contains the word spirit. Now enter another Word Box for the KJV. On the GSE menu, select Insert and choose Word box. Move the new Word Box away from the other boxes so there is room between the boxes. Double-click the new Word Box to open it. In the Version box select KJV, and then enter the word ghost. Click OK.
Now connect the KJV Word Box to the Merge Box, the box with a green insert. On the GSE menu, select Mode, and the cursor is now an arrow with two parallel lines. Click and hold your left mouse button over the KJV Word Box and drag your cursor to the Merge Box. Once your cursor is over the Merge Box, release your mouse button. You should now have an arrow from the Word Box to the Merge Box.

graphical search engine

Click the green Go button to run the search. Our search yields 90 times in 90 verses where the word spirit appears in the NRS and the word 'ghost' appears in the KJV. You will have to check manually to see if these words correspond to each other or not in the verse, but it is likely that they do correspond.

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Using Original Language Lexical and Morphological Information [based on BibleWorks Online Help]

BibleWorks contains tagged morphological database versions of the Hebrew OT and Greek NT and the LXX, as well as the complete works of Josephus and Philo. At first glance these morphological versions can be very confusing. This is because they are not designed for reading but for searching. These versions contain the lemma and parsing information for each word which allow users to perform complex, customize searches.

The difference between BibleWorks Greet and Hebrew Testaments and the BibleWorks morphological version is shown below:

Greek Morphological Example:
Greek Morph Text

Hebrew Morphological Example:
Hebrew Morph Text

In the Hebrew and Greek morphological versions the lemma (dictionary form of the word) is connected to a sequence of letters representing the parsing by @ (lemma@codes) and in the Aramaic morphological version the lemma is connected to the parsing by % (lemma%codes). To perform searches in the morphological versions first change the version you would like to search (find out how here). Some common morphological version abbreviations are BGM (Greek New Testament), WTM (Hebrew Old Testament), JOM (works of Josephus), and PHM (works of Philo).

To perform a lemma search in a morphological version type a period (.) and the lemma you wish to search for. Do not worry about switching to Hebrew or Greek font. Once a search is begun, BibleWorks automatically changes the input language to correspond to the search version.

lemma search lemma search

These searches will find every occurrence of either of these words in any form.

Searching in the morphological versions allow you to find every occurrence of a form of a lemma. Type a period (.), the lemma and @ in the Command Line. A dropdown assistant will help you select the specific form you would like. For more information See Help| Online Help| Morphological Coding Schemes.

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Tips for Exploring BibleWorks 7

The best way to learn more about BibleWorks is to spend some time exploring the program and working through the tutorial videos located in the main menu under Help| Getting Started. As you begin exploring keep these three tips in mind:

There are 12 tabs located above the Command Line. Each of these tabs represents a different search. By using different tabs for different searches you can quickly return to previous searches or try similar searches in different Search Versions. To use this feature, click on a new Tab and perform the desired search. Tabs which are currently in use are denoted with an asterisk above the tab.

The easiest way to find out more information about what you can do in BibleWorks is by right clicking. The right click menu displays all of the options available for a given section or word. Each language, Bible version, and section may have different choices, so right click often. This is the fastest way to learn multiple capabilities of BibleWorks quickly.

If you have a question place your mouse over the item you would like more information about and press F1. A Help article will open for that item.

For More Help

BibleWorks 7 contains excellent study guides. If you prefer learning about BibleWorks systematically Study Guides provide step-by-step instructions and video examples accomplish common Bible study tasks. To access the Study Guides click Help| Study Guides.

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BibleWorks Hebrew Keyboard:

hebrew keyboard

BibleWorks Greek Keyboard:

greek keyboard

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Hebrew Bible New Testament Apocrypha
Gen Genesis Mat Matthew 1Es 1 Esdras
Exo Exodus Mar Mark Jdt Judith
Lev Leviticus Luk Luke Tob Tobit
Num Numbers Joh John 1Ma 1 Maccabees
Deu Deuteronomy Act Acts 2Ma 2 Maccabees
Jos Joshua Rom Romans 3Ma 3 Maccabees
Jdg Judges 1Co 1 Corinthians 4Ma 4 Maccabees
Rut Ruth 2Co 2 Corinthians Ode Odes of Solomon
1Sa 1 Samuel Gal Galatians Wis Wisdom of Solomon
2Sa 2 Samuel Eph Ephesians Sir Sirach
1Ki 1 Kings Phi Philippians Sip Siriach Prologue
2Ki 2 Kings Col Colossians Pss Psalms of Solomon
1Ch 1 Chronicles 1Th 1 Thessalonians Bar Baruch
2Ch 2 Chronicles 2Th 2 Thessalonians Epj Epistle of Jeremiah
Ezr Ezra 1Ti 1 Timothy Sus Susanna
Neh Nehemiah 2Ti 2 Timothy Bel Bel and the Dragon
Est Esther Tit Titus Pra Prayer of Azariah
Job Job Phm Philemon Dng Daniel (Greek)
Psa Psalms Heb Hebrews Prm Prayer of Manasseh
Pro Proverbs Jam James Psx Psalm (151)
Ecc Ecclesiastes 1Pe 1 Peter Lao Laodiceans
Sol Song of Solomon 2Pe 2 Peter 4Es 4 Esdras
Isa Isaiah 1Jo 1 John Esg Esther (Greek)
Jer Jeremiah 2Jo 2 John Jsa Joshua (A)
Lam Lamentations 3Jo 3 John Jda Judges (A)
Eze Ezekiel Jud Jude Tbs Tobit (S)
Dan Daniel Rev Revelation Sut Susanna (Th)
Hos Hosea Dat Daniel (Th)
Joe Joel Bet Bel (Th)
Amo Amos
Oba Obadiah
Jon Jonah
Mic Micah
Nah Nahum
Hab Habakkuk
Zep Zephaniah
Hag Haggai
Zec Zechariah
Mal Malachi

Bible Translations

ESVThe English Standard Version (2001)
KJGKing James Version with Geneva Notes
KJVKing James (1611/1769) with Codes
LXELXX English Translation (Brenton)
NAUNew American Standard Bible (1995) with Codes
NETThe Net Bible
NIVNew International Version (1984) (US)
NJBThe New Jerusalem Bible
NKJNew King James Version (1982)
NLTNew Living Translation
NRSNew Revised Standard Version (1989)
RSVRevised Standard Version (1952)
TAMTargumim (Aramaic OT) (Morphology)
TARTargumim (Aramaic OT) (Text)
PEHPeshitta (with Hebrew letters)
BHTBHT Transliterated Hebrew OT (2001)
WTMWestminster Hebrew OT Morphology
WTTBHS (4th ed) Hebrew Old Testament
BGMBibleWorks LXX/BNT Morphology
BGTBibleWorks Greek LXX/BNT
BLMBibleWorks LXX Morphology
BNMBibleWorks NT Morphology
BNTBibleWorks NT (NA27)
AGNT2 Friberg GNT Morphology
GNTFriberg NT (UBS3/4)
LXTLXX Septuaginta Rahlfs'
VULLatin Vulgate
VUOOnline Bible Vulgate Mapped to KJV

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This file last modified 9/30/13.
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