Advanced Search

Google "Advanced Search" Tips

  • These tips apply only to the search bar above that says "Enhanced by Google"
  • Once you do a search, you can filter or narrow it down by clicking the categories underneath the search bar. For example:  Chapter, Bible Stories, Bible Verses About, Similar Bible Verses, 1611, Discussions, Inspirational Image. This attempts to narrow your search to particular sections of the website.
  • Use quotes to search to match an exact phrase. (this works in the regular search too)
    Example search:  "Word was God" - this will show John 1:1 as the only result, but without quotes shows thousands of results.
  • Use an asterisk if you know some words of a phrase, but not all. Example:  Word * God
  • Use the minus sign to eliminate results containing certain words. Example of showing verses containing Adam, but not Eve:  Adam -Eve
  • This search accepts boolean operators just like a regular Google search does (for example: AND, OR, NOT, -, "")

Regular Search Tips

  • These tips apply to the 'Search the Bible' search at the very top-left of the screen.
  • You may type abbreviations for books, chapter, verses, and ranges, and it will go direct to your reading. Example searches:
    • Abbreviated book names: '1 Cor 5' or 'Ps 23'
    • Search for a verse range: 'John 3:16-17'
    • Search for a chapter range: 'Gen 1 - 2'
    • The range search only works within a book, and won't extend beyond to other books
  • Use quotes to search a phrase in that exact order, for example: a search for "Christ Jesus" in quotes will only show occurrences of Christ Jesus in the scripture instead of Jesus Christ. No words may occur outside of the quotes for the exact match search to function.
  • Searching book names (for example: Mark, Luke, John) will automatically go to that book's page instead of seeing search results. To see the search results for those names, type the name within "quotes", like "John"
  • To search only the original 1611 King James Bible text, use the search within the 1611 KJV Bible section
  • To search the apocrypha, you may use the regular search engine, but then click 'Limit to Apocrypha' or 'All' within the "Modify Search" feature. The default is to search only the Old and New Testament.
  • If you don't know how to spell the word(s) you want to search, try searching each word individually. When an individual word (not a phrase) is searched and not found in the KJV text, alternative words or options may be suggested. For example, if someone types 'bertholamew' it will suggest 'Bartholomew'. You may also try the fuzzy search as a last resort which attempts to match words based on how it may phonetically sound.

  • Search Modifiers:
  • Word Match (default): This search will match words precisely as typed. For example, if you type 'love' it won't match 'loved' or 'beloved'. If typing a phrase, the order of words doesn't affect the search results. The search will currently suggest these other word stems, however.
  • Smart Search: Smart Search welcomes all types of conversational search phrases and questions and is superior to Fuzzy Search. Even if you don't know how to spell a word or phrase, this will try to understand and match you with Bible verses. While imprecise, it works best for multi-word phrases where the spelling or phrasing is uncertain. It is not as useful as Word Match for one-word searches. It may be useful for finding stories, concepts, or facts in the Bible by name when the name itself doesn't necessarily appear in the text. For example, if someone is trying to find the passage of Moses crossing the Red Sea and searches "Parting of Seas" in a normal Word Match, the search does not show the passage in Exodus because those word "parting" isn't in the text and the word Sea matches many other scriptures. But through Smart Search it can understand synonyms and finds Exodus 14:21 that uses the word "divided" along with "sea".
  • Phrase Match: This searches a phrase in the exact order as typed. If a single word is entered it will also find alternate prefixes and suffixes. For example: searching 'love' will match the word 'loved' and 'beloved'.
  • Partial Word Match: For single words this search will also find alternate suffixes. For example: searching 'love' will match the word 'loved', but not 'beloved'. This is best used for single word searches and not phrases and works only with words 3 characters or longer.
  • Fuzzy Search: Fuzzy Search is the broadest, but lowest accuracy search. If you don't know how to spell a word or phrase this may be a useful option. It searches based on the sound or pronunciation. It works best with words of 4 characters or longer.
  • Search Everything (Google): Expand search using Google Advanced Search to search not just KJV text, but all website pages.
  • Reset: Clicking this will remember the keyword searched, but reset and clear the 'Modify Search' options that may have limited or expanded the search.
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