One of the most frequently used funtions is the search. This can be done in all the types of Online Bible. The Windows version offers the most possibilities, but the Android, iOS and Mac apps also have a large variety in search options.
Getting to the search is easiest in Windows and iOS as it is shown as a looking class in the icons. On Android you first have to select the menu.
The search results in Windows are shown in a separate screen. The results in iOS, macOS and Android show in a pop-up screen in which any verse can be selected. But going back to the search function shows the same results at the same place.
There are three criteria for searching:
- Search text, i.e. the specific word(s) you are looking for.
- Search range, i.e. which part of the Bible. This criteria is only available in Windows. In the apps it is always the entire Bible.
- Where to search, i.e. in which title. In iOS and Android this is defaulted to the active Bible but other Bibles (and Apocrypha) can be chosen. In the Mac it can be any open Bible, and in Windows it is a variable to be selected (both Bibles and other title).
Examples of the search screen, with numbers referring to the three criteria above.
Search screen in Android
Search screen on the Mac
Search screen in Windows
1. Search text
One or more words can be entered in the search text. If it is not a phrase the words must be separated by an &amp; (AND). The result is where one verse contains the words.
The following symbols are available to allow more complex searches:
|*||Partial words (joined to text). E.g. man* will retrieve man, mankind, Manasse, many and other (depends on the Bible translation). The asterisk can be at the beginning and/or end of a word, but without a space.|
|?||The character can be anything. Wom?n will search for woman and women.|
||||OR - Find verses containing either word. E.g. Jesus | Christ|
|~||AND NOT - Contains first word, but not second in one verse. E.g. Jesus ~ Christ - all verses containing the word Jesus, except where the word Christ is in the same verse|
|&||AND - Find verses containing both words (sequence not important). E.g. angel & Lord|
|...||Similar to AND, but words must in that sequence, e.g. earth ... void finds verses which contain words earth and void in that sequence.|
|*||One word in a phrase can be anything e.g. silver * gold finds phrase silver and gold, and silver or gold. Note the asterisk only replaces one word.|
|@n||Proximity (n is a number). Normally words must be in one verse, but this shows results within a specified number of verses. E.g. gold @5 silver shows all results where these two words are used (in any sequence) within 5 verses.|
In Windows and on the Mac the previous search criteria can be seen with drop-down lists (not possible in iOS or Android). In the Mac this list can also be cleared. In WIndows that is not possible.
2. Search range (only available in the Windows program
The range determines if the search is in the whole, or part of the Bible (or other books). The options are described below:
- A. This field shows the current search range. You can enter an abbreviation of a Bible book here, or a B (entire Bible), OT (Old Testament) or NT (New Testament).
- B. With this "Set range" button a specific range can be chosen, down to verse level.
- C. In the drop-down list you can see a list of previous ranges.
Note: "Select all" on the right does not belong with the search range.
3. Where to search
The default place to search in the apps is the current Bible. The default in Windows is the Bible marked as "standard". Obviously in different translations different words are used, so when looking for a phrase it is important to know in which Bible that phrase occurred.
In the apps the default can be changed, and the drop-down list shows all Bibles and apocrypha.
In Windows the default also shows all Bibles and apocrypha, but the check-box "Show Bibles only" can be unchecked, so that also commentaries are available for searches. Multiple sources can be checked at the same time, and this will create one screen per source. So a search on two translations produces two lists. To do this the check-box "Search multiple databases" must be set.
It is also possible to use Strong numbers in searches. For more details see the articles on Strong numbers, specifically Using Strong numbers in search criteria