This guide is intended to complement the instructions given in Chapter 9 of The Gift of Reading — Part 1: Reading the Bible in Submission to God. Here I will provide a visual guide for using the websites netbible.org, blueletterbible.org, and biblehub.com for a word study.
Netbible.org (Greek/Hebrew Lexical Form)
- Select passage for study and NET2 Translation (Matthew 1)
- Select the “Greek” (or Hebrew) tab
- Use the cursor to hover over the desired word in the English translation; its corresponding original language word will be highlighted on the right tab. (In this case, “record” and the corresponding word is βίβλος)
- Select the word for study (in this case, γένεσις)
- The lexical form (here, “root”) will be given in a box below (in this case, γενεσις)
Blueletterbible.org (Greek/Hebrew Lexical Form)
- Select verse and desired translation
- Select the “tools” button beside the verse you are studying
- Find the lexical form (identified here as “root”) to the right of its English translation (βίβλος)
Biblehub.com/interlinear (Hebrew Verb Study)
- Select “interlinear verses”
- At the very top of the browser window, select the verse for study
- Find the word or phrase you intend to study. If it is a verb, the parsing will be given in blue text beneath the translation (in this case, V-Qal-ConjPerf-2ms). The second item, the verbal stem, is what you will need for a word study on a Hebrew verb.
- Select the Strong’s number at the top of the entry, this will take you to another window.
- Find the lexical form on the left side of the window, here listed as “original word” (הָגָה, hagah)