The History of Interpretation

Doing a Word Study using Biblehub

  1. Identify the word you wish to study in your English translation.
  2. Go to biblehub.com and type the verse reference into the big search box e.g. eph 4:2 and press enter.
  3. Click on Interlin a couple of lines below
    • You will see your verse in “interlinear” (between lines) format. Enlish words are on one line and Greek on another.
    • From top to bottom eph 4:2 - bearing with:
Strong’s number: 430 Click to give various resources (not so useful)
Greek in English letters: anechomenoi Click here to do a word study
Greek letters: ἀνεχόμενοι
possible English word: bearing with
Code for part of speech: V-PPM/P-NMP
  1. Click on the Greek word in English letters, e.g. anechomenoi and you will see two columns.
    • At the top of the right column it will say something like 15 Occurences Click here to do a word study
  2. Now you will see every single occurance of the word in the Bible.
    • Each reference has the following information:
       
      Matthew 17:17 V-FIM-1S Reference (+code for word form)
      GRK: ἕως πότε ἀνέξομαι ὑμῶν φέρετέ Greek word in context (ignore unless you know Greek)
      NAS: shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring New Americal Standard (literal) translation. Click on NAS:to see whole verse
      KJV: how long shall I suffer you? Old King James translation (you can ignore this)
      INT: how long when will I bear with you Bring Interlinear translation. Click on INT: to see whole verse
  3. To do an effective word study with the tools you have, you need ideally at least five occurances of the word.
    • Fewer words than this would require you to look outside the Bible at other literature from the same time period which needs more tools.
    • So pick another word if this is what you find.
    • The 15 occurances of our example eph 4:2 - bearing with are perfect.
  4. Copy, paste and sort
    • Copy the left column and paste it into your word processor
    • For each word, delete the GRK: KJV: and INT: lines leaving just reference and NAS:
      • You will be left with something like this:

Matthew 17:17
shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring

Mark 9:19
shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring

Luke 9:41
how long shall I be with you and put up with you? Bring

Acts 18:14
it would be reasonable for me to put up with you;

1 Corinthians 4:12
when we are persecuted, we endure;

2 Corinthians 11:1
I wish that you would bear with me in a little

2 Corinthians 11:1
but indeed you are bearing with me.

2 Corinthians 11:4
you have not accepted, you bear [this] beautifully.

2 Corinthians 11:19
[so] wise, tolerate the foolish

2 Corinthians 11:20
For you tolerate it if anyone

Ephesians 4:2
with patience, showing tolerance for one another

Colossians 3:13
bearing with one another,

2 Thessalonians 1:4
and afflictions which you endure.

2 Timothy 4:3
when they will not endure sound

Hebrews 13:22
you, brethren, bear with this

  1. The final (and most important) step is to sort them into kinds of usage.
    • Read the different references, determining categories of meaning. e.g. for eph 4:2 - bearing with, I found:
      • In nine places its about patient longsuffering towards a difficult person/people rather than a thing.
      • In six places it has the idea of endurance of something that is not being enjoyed
      • Here is the final result of my word study:

Most common usuage: patient longsuffering towards a difficult person/people

Matthew 17:17
shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring

Mark 9:19
shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring

Luke 9:41
how long shall I be with you and put up with you? Bring

Acts 18:14
it would be reasonable for me to put up with you;

2 Corinthians 11:1
I wish that you would bear with me in a little

2 Corinthians 11:1
but indeed you are bearing with me.

2 Corinthians 11:19
[so] wise, tolerate the foolish

Ephesians 4:2
with patience, showing tolerance for one another

Colossians 3:13
bearing with one another,

Second most common usuage: endurance of something that is not being enjoyed

1 Corinthians 4:12
when we are persecuted, we endure;

2 Corinthians 11:4
you have not accepted, you bear [this] beautifully.

2 Corinthians 11:20
For you tolerate it if anyone brings you into bondage

2 Thessalonians 1:4
and afflictions which you endure.

2 Timothy 4:3
when they will not endure sound

Hebrews 13:22
you, brethren, bear with this