Bible Search


Verbum provides powerful search capabilities to allow you to quickly find words, phrases, and more within the Bibles in your Verbum library.



To begin a Bible search.

  1. Click the Search icon  in the command box.



  1. Ensure that the Bible search type is selected. (Other search types available depend on your base package.)


  1. Verbum provides several tools to help you formulate an effective query:


  • Search Helps (in the main search pane) provide basic guidance about how to construct your search.



  • Search Templates allow you to build a more complex search without having to use search syntax. Instead, select the kind of search you want to make, then enter your search terms in the dialog box that appears. Search Templates appear in the left navigation menu, which can be toggled on/off using the navigation menu icon.



  • Search Suggestions: As you type, Verbum will populate a list of suggestions to help you refine your search. For best results, select one of these. Otherwise,  finish typing your search query and press Enter.



  1. After you’ve created your query, make a selection from the dropdown list of suggestions or press Enter.


  1. Verbum will display a categorized list of search results.


Search Results

Fuzzy Bible Search (requires internet connection)

This section appears when you enter a search query without selecting a suggestion from the drop-down list that appears. It draws from dozens of translations and Verbum's extensive data tagging to give you the best match to your search query.


Bible Results

This section displays search results in the Bible version(s) you selected. You have several options for displaying these: 

  • Grid view — Displays a visual grid showing where your search results appear in each of your top five Bibles.



  • Verses view displays the verses containing your search results. To view two or more version side-by-side, click +Add Versions.



  • Aligned view — Displays the verses containing your search results and aligns them by your search terms.



  • Analysis view — Displays your search results and provides detailed contextual and original language information.



Refining Your Search

Using Search Operators

You can use search operators to create more advanced searches. For example, if you'd like to find a phrase containing two words, but you don't know the exact phrase, try typing [word] WITHIN 5 WORDS [word]. Your search results will display every occurrence where the two words you entered are mentioned within five words of each other.

Note: Bible searches for multiple terms are constrained by verse boundaries. They will only return results in which all of the terms appear in the same verse.



Limiting Your Search

You can limit your search to a specific part of the Bible by clicking All Passages and entering a reference, or selecting one of the suggested sections. By default, Verbum has all of the common Bible divisions. You can also search a Passage List by scrolling down and selecting an item under Passage Lists.



Search Other Bibles

By default, Verbum will search the Bible(s) you searched most recently. To select a different Bible or group of Bibles to search, click Top Bibles and type the name or abbreviation of the Bible in the dialog that appears, or make a selection from the drop-down list.



Graph Search Results

After you run a search, you can view graphs displaying where your search results appear. To do so, click the Graph Bible Search Results icon , then select the graph type from the bottom of the results window.



Additional Resources

Verbum Help: Fuzzy Bible Search

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