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When searching for a particualr passage, type in the Scripture reference and select a preferred translation. Clicking SEARCH will navigate diractly to the verse or chapter desired.

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  1. Interlinear contains original language tools, allowing for access of a range of resources designed to promote study of the terms from which our English Bible derives.
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  3. Cross-Refs contains the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge (TSK), a method for correlating a particular verse with others that may relate.
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  6. Misc collects maps, images, and music that to the selected verse. (This feature is not available for all verses.)

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  1. Primary shows a list of all verses in which a the searched word or words occur. A search for multiple words will also bring up the results tab, so that.users can refine their search for more expansive results. If one performs a wildcard search (using an asterisk* to search for any suffix to a term), you'll see the results tab.
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  5. Click on the Tab under Tools or button for a list of all dictionary articles that relate to the selected verse.
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