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How to Use Strong's Concordance

by Theresa Rhodes last modified Aug 11, 2011 07:48 AM

1. Find the word that you want to research from your passage of scripture in the front part of the concordance, much like using a dictionary.
For example, the word "love" in Matthew 5:46 -

For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? (New American Standard version)

2. Locate the Strong's Number for the word.
Once you find the word, you will see a list of Old and New Testament passages in which the word can be found. Next to the reference for each passage is a number, called a Strong's Number. Regular type indicates a Hebrew word (Old Testament) and italic type indicates a Greek word (New Testament). Note the number for your particular word. In this case, the Strong's Number for the word "love" used in Matthew 5:46 is 25.

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3. Find the word in the Hebrew or Greek dictionary at the back of the concordance, using the Strong's number.
Our word comes from a New Testament passage and the Strong's Number is in italics. This means we use the Greek dictionary. You will notice that, just as in the English language, some words are derived from others and have similar meanings. Our word is 25, agapao


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Image used from New Strong's Exhaustive Concordance, Thomas Nelson Publishers

4. Why is it important to look up words that I already understand?
Some words in the original languages have meanings and subtleties that could not be expressed in equivalent English words. For example, the word "love" is the English word used for several different Greek words which have different meanings. Elsewhere in Matthew the Strong's Number 5368 is used for the word "love" which points us to the Greek word phileo (see below).

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