Strongs Number Symbols

  • In this dictionary the task of spliting the definitions has already been done but the definitions in the original concordance contained three parts:
    • the word origin
    • the definition and
    • the biblical usage
  • The word origin starts from the beginning to the first semicolon.
  • The definition starts after the first semicolon and extends to the colon and dash symbols (: -).
  • Anything after this is a list of the biblical usage.

As an example let’s take the definition for the Strongs Number H400 - אכל - 'ôkel.

The definition looks like this:

From H398; food: - {eating} {food} meal {[-time]} {meat} {prey} victuals.

  • The word origin is: From H398 (which points to a base word)
  • The definition is: food
  • The biblical usage is: {eating} {food} meal {[-time]} {meat} {prey} victuals.

The main word usage is the words not surrounded by brackets or braces which in this case is meal and victuals.

Symbols in the Biblical Usage:

+ (addition) denotes a rendering in the A.V. of one or more words in connection with the one under consideration.

× (multiplication) denotes a rendering in the A.V. that results from an idiom peculiar to the original language.

( ) or { } (parenthesis or braces), in the renderings of the A.V., denotes a word or syllable sometimes given in connection with the principal word to which it is connected.

[ ] (bracket), in the rendering from the A.V., signifies the inclusion of an additional word in the original language.

Italics, at the end of a rendering from the A.V., signifies an explanation of the variations from the usual word form.