Suppose the internet is down and you want to study your Bible. You want to study the word “blessed” in the beatitudes, but you’ve forgotten how to use your physical concordance. Here’s a refresher.
- Haul your concordance off the shelf (blowing off the dust if necessary).
- Look up “Blessed” under B.
- Under blessed, locate Matthew 5:3 and note the number (μακάριος G3017 in this case).
- Turn to the Greek dictionary in the back and look up 3017.
This gives us all the English words used to translate the G3017 and the number of times each English word is used. We learn: blessed (47x); fortunate (1); happier (1) and happy (1).
Now we have to find the verses where this word is used.
- Go back to the front of the book and look up each English word use to translate μακάριος (blessed, fortunate, happier and happy).
- For each English word, scan through the list and note all the verses where G3107 is used.
Now you have your list of the verses where this word is used in the New Testament. Proceed with your word study.