How to Perform a Bible Search
There are two ways you can access the Bible through the search form on the BLB Mobile homepage. You can either enter a verse reference, or a keyword (or multiple keywords).
Enter a Reference
Entering a reference allows you to tell the Bible search to take you the exact verse you had in mind. If you want to go to John 3:16, just enter John 3:16 in the search field and press Search. You can also use abbreviations, so Jhn 3:16 will work as well. See the following example:
The second way of using the Bible search is to enter one or more keywords. For example, if you were looking for the verse that says, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Just enter "all things through Christ" (no need for the quotation marks) and press Search. You are now searching for the keywords. See example:
There are other things you can do with the keyword search. For example, if you entered an asterisk at the end of a partial word, it will search for different variations of that word. For example, if you entered believ* it will find results for believe, believes, believer, believers, believed, and believing. If you put a phrase in quotation marks, it will search that exact phrase.
Using the Range Option
Because people are often doing studies on a particular book, or want to restrict their search to a set of books, the range option will come in handy. By leaving the range text box empty, you will automatically search the entire Bible. Yet, if you want to restrict the range to specific books, just follow these easy rules:
- To search a single book, just enter the book's abbreviation in the range box. To search, say, the book of Romans, type "Rom" (without quotation marks) in the range box.
- To search to books, just enter the books' abbreviations in the range box separated by a semi-colon. Thus, to search both Romans and Galatians, enter: "Rom; Gal" in the box (no quotation marks).
- To search a string of books, just type the first and the last book with a hyphen in between the two. So to search the Gospels, type "Mat-Jhn" in the range box (no quotation marks).
- You can also combine these techniques. Thus, to search the Prison Epistles of Paul, you can type: "Eph-Col; Phm" (no quotations marks) and this will search Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon.