INTRODUCTION

As I wrote in the preceding article, I am currently writing my first book.  My editor suggested I include more content about hope.  Her suggestion was excellent.  The following question arose:  how do I identify Scriptures about hope?  As the title of this article reads, try using an exhaustive concordance to locate relevant passages.

Let me describe the results of my search.

WHAT IS AN EXHAUSTIVE CONCORDANCE?

The gotquestions website (link https://www.gotquestions.org/Strongs-Exhaustive-Concordance.html ) defines an exhaustive concordance as follows:

An exhaustive concordance is a stand-alone book that lists every single word in the Bible. (Exhaustive means “thorough” or “including all possibilities.”) Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance contains every occurrence of every word in the English Bible. Even words such as the and in are listed. A concordance is helpful in studying a certain topic. If you want to find every verse that might address the topic of slavery, for example, you would locate every passage that contains the word slaveslaveryservantbondservant, or masterStrong’s Exhaustive Concordance will provide that information.
Of course, a concordance will be based on a specific version of the Bible, as different versions use different words. The original Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance is based on the King James Version.
James Strong also assigned each English word in the Bible a number that corresponds to the Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek word in the original text. Using a previous example, the word camel is assigned a number (called “Strong’s number”). In Hebrew, it is 1581; in Greek, it is 2574. The Bible student can then look up that number and find the Hebrew and Greek words that are translated as “camel,” along with other passages using those same Hebrew and Greek words. (There might be a number of words in the original language that are translated by a single English word; likewise, one word in the original language may be translated by several English words in different contexts. The information in Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance will help sort that out.) The numbers used in Strong’s have become so prominent that, even today, many biblical language reference books are still organized according to, or refer to, “Strong’s numbers.”

FINDING HOPE

I used an exhaustive concordance based on the NASB95 translation.  The citation is Thomas, R. L., The Lockman Foundation. (1998). New American Standard exhaustive concordance of the Bible: updated edition. Anaheim: Foundation Publications, Inc.  The following link is a PDF attachment is the printout from my Logos 9 search.  (Link: https://stevebelsheim.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Hope-Exhaustive-Concordance-Search-Results-NASB-282.pdf   ).  As you can appreciate, there are many passages that include the word “hope.” 

My next step is to go through these passages and identify passages that pertain to “hope” in the context of my book. 

CONCLUSION

I hope this article is helpful.  I strongly recommend that you purchase an exhaustive concordance which is available through many sources. 

In the next article, I will take you through what I did to identify relevant passages, from the exhaustive concordance and then take those passages to better understand “hope” using the relevant Hebrew and Greek words.

If you are reading this post and are not a Christian, unless God intervenes, your eternal destination is hell.  But, your destiny can change. 

Today can be the day of your salvation!  Please see my blog (https://stevebelsheim.com/2020/04/20/for-god-so-loves-you-2/) for a description of how you can be saved.  You can also go to another article at my blog (https://stevebelsheim.com/2020/10/20/there-is-hope-even-when-there-seems-to-be-no-hope-2/ ). 

Please send me any comments to steve@stevebelsheim.com or use the comments feature of the blog.

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