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.
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.
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.
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:
The search version can also be changed by selecting the desired version from the Browse Window Header located above the Browse Window:
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.
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
To display a range of verses, type the desired range as below:
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.
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
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:
In the Options Window, click the
Fonts tab and select
Then select the font you would like BibleWorks to export into (note: not all fonts contain the necessary characters to export correctly into Unicode).
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.
Using the mouse:
- Highlight the word you wish to search for.
- Click on the highlighted word.
Search for Phrase.
Phrase search: Type a single quotation mark followed by the phrase in the Command Line and press Enter.
Using the mouse:
- Highlight a phrase.
- Click on the phrase with the right mouse button.
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
faith in Christ or
faith of Christ).
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).
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).
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
love the Lord your God).
Boolean Searches (
These searches are done using the Command Line.
Type a period followed by words or Strong's numbers on the Command Line and press the Enter key.
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.
This search finds all verses with the word
faith and the word
works within 3 verses.
Type a forward slash followed by the words or Strong's numbers on the Command Line and press the Enter key.
This search finds all the verses in which either one or both words occur.
Type the search but precede the word to be excluded with an exclamation point.
This search finds all the verses with the word
Jesus but not the word
This search finds
Lord my God and not
Lord your God.
To see previous search commands:
- Click on the Command Line to make it active.
- Use the up and down arrows on the keyboard to move through the previous commands.
- 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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
Hebrew Morphological Example:
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.
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.
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:
- Use the Tabs:
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.
- Right Click:
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.
- When in doubt, press F1.
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.
BibleWorks Hebrew Keyboard:
BibleWorks Greek Keyboard:
|Hebrew Bible||New Testament||Apocrypha|
|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|
|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|
|Neh||Nehemiah||2Ti||2 Timothy||Bel||Bel and the Dragon|
|Est||Esther||Tit||Titus||Pra||Prayer of Azariah|
|Psa||Psalms||Heb||Hebrews||Prm||Prayer of Manasseh|
|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)|
|ESV||The English Standard Version (2001)|
|KJG||King James Version with Geneva Notes|
|KJV||King James (1611/1769) with Codes|
|LXE||LXX English Translation (Brenton)|
|NAU||New American Standard Bible (1995) with Codes|
|NET||The Net Bible|
|NIV||New International Version (1984) (US)|
|NJB||The New Jerusalem Bible|
|NKJ||New King James Version (1982)|
|NLT||New Living Translation|
|NRS||New Revised Standard Version (1989)|
|RSV||Revised Standard Version (1952)|
|TAM||Targumim (Aramaic OT) (Morphology)|
|TAR||Targumim (Aramaic OT) (Text)|
|PEH||Peshitta (with Hebrew letters)|
|BHT||BHT Transliterated Hebrew OT (2001)|
|WTM||Westminster Hebrew OT Morphology|
|WTT||BHS (4th ed) Hebrew Old Testament|
|BGM||BibleWorks LXX/BNT Morphology|
|BGT||BibleWorks Greek LXX/BNT|
|BLM||BibleWorks LXX Morphology|
|BNM||BibleWorks NT Morphology|
|BNT||BibleWorks NT (NA27)|
|AGNT2 Friberg GNT Morphology|
|GNT||Friberg NT (UBS3/4)|
|LXT||LXX Septuaginta Rahlfs'|
|VUO||Online Bible Vulgate Mapped to KJV|