How To Search by keyword (concordance)?

You can use the search function like a concordance, to find all the verses that include a particular word, and from there you can review the list for a verse you may be looking for.

Searches are done on the server so you must be connected and signed-in to the app to use this function.

You can start a Search from the main menu (tap the button with 3 lines in the top left corner of the app) or by using the magnifying glass when in the Bible reader (iPhone / iPod touch only):

  1. Type the word(s) you are searching for into the search bar, and tap SEARCH
  2. A list of “hits” (matching verses) will be displayed along with and 2 options (see ADDITIONAL INFORMATION)
  3. Scroll down to review all “hits”, or scroll back up to the top to enter another word
  4. Tap on one of the “hits” on the list to open the Bible to that verse
  5. You can search using one version, then tap on the Version button in the upper right to see the same verse in a different version


Use the 2 options mentioned in  Step 2 above to refine your searches:

  • Sort Order, set this to Relevance (suggested) or Traditional (by book)
  • Advanced, set this ON to choose the Version you want to use for searches, and to filter your results.  Once you have the results of a search, if ADVANCED is ON, you can tap on Section or Book to see a subset of “hits” rather than scroll through the whole long list of results.  The books with the most “hits” are listed first.

If the word searched for is not used in your version (e.g. Thine is in KJV, not in ESV) you will get a “No Results” message.

You can search for multiple words and it will try to find that phrase or similar phrase.

All your searches are kept in Search History, which you can see from the Search screen by clicking on the “clock” icon in the upper right.

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