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Using the Interactive Bible Verse Collection

bible_verse_collectionThe New Interactive Bible Verse Collection currently includes over 600 Bible verses. These have been selected by the editor of Notaccidental.com over a period of many years though his personal involvement in Bible studies, worship services, personal research and readings, and yearly read through the Bible series. While every verse of the Bible is significant and the inspired Word of God, these verses have a special significance to the author and to the understanding of God’s Word in general. Bible verses should not be used out of context or in such a way to distort the intended meaning of the verse, which is why a link to an online Bible containing the verse and passage is provided, and this is encouraged to be used for further reading and understanding.

Most of the verses are in the English Standard Version of the Bible (ESV), the New International Version (NIV), or the New American Standard Bible (NASB). The online bible that is linked to (BibleGateway.com) provides easy conversion to numerous other translations of the Bible for reference.

The original Bible Verse Collection had the the Bible verses organized into 18 categories: humble thankfulness, comfort and hope, joy, faith, strength, blessings, seek and find, praise, self development, grace, love, only one God, God in us, responding to God, children’s Bible verses, prayer, unexpected verses, and the authority of God’s Word.  There are other lists of Bible verses, such as a list of verses explaining salvation through Jesus Christ that are found on other pages. However, as more and more verses were added to the Bible Verse Collection, it became harder to categorize a verse into just one category, and many categories overlap and many more could be added.

With the development of the New Interactive Bible Verse Collection, and using the database programming provided, the Bible Verse Collection was expanded to included multiple categories per verse in addition to an entirely new set of smaller, more specific categories per verse. The entire selection of Bible verses can then be searched by these categories in addition to specific keywords.

The unique feature of the Interactive Bible Verse Collection is that the categories are selected specifically by content and meaning of the verse, not necessarily by a keyword being present in the verse. There are many Bible verse keyword searches available on the internet, but the Interactive Bible Verse Collection is based on meaning and content.  For example, if one searches for Bible verses related to “Peace”, Psalm 23:1 is on the list, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.”  Note that the word “peace” does not appear in the verse, but obviously is implied by the verse. It took many months to covert the existing Bible verse collection with only one category to this new version with multiple categories.

Some tips in using the Interactive Bible Verse Collection are shown at the top of the Interactive Bible Verse Collection page.  I will discuss more about those here:

The verses can be displayed on one long page or on multiple pages of 10, 25, 50, or 100 verses per page. This is selected on the drop down menu just above the verse table showing the verses themselves (Show ____ entries).  The default is 25 verses per page, but I personally usually choose “all”. When a selection of verses is made and the table created, information will be at the bottom of the table indicating how many verses are shown out of the total number selected (such as “showing 1 to 25 out of 606 entries”).

The verse table has headings of “order”, “scripture reference”, “verse”, “verse category”, “sub-category”, and “link”. The verses are organized in the database by book, chapter, and verse of the Bible from beginning to end. If you click the caret under or beside “order” that will reorganize the table forward from Genesis to Revelation, or in reverse if desired. You can also scan this to see about how many verses from each book of the Bible are included in the collection. The “Scripture reference” heading is the scripture itself in standard format of Book, chapter, and verse. If the caret is clicked here the list will be sorted alphabetically (or reverse alphabetically), not by their appearance in order in the Bible (the “order” caret does that). The “Verse category” heading refers to the original major 18 categories that the verses were sorted into, with the first category in the list for a given verse being the original category it was sorted into. The “Sub-category” heading are new smaller categories included for each verse. The “Link” column is what must be clicked to access the online Bible that contains the verse for further reading and context.

The sorting and search functions are found above the table and just below the title “NotAccidental Bible Verse Collection”. The main functions here are the drop down menus for “Verse Category” and “Sub-category”. When a choice is selected from these lists, all of the Bible verses in the collection that are in that category will immediately appear. If want to deselect a category you can either choose a new category, or click the blank space near the top of the menu selections. While you cannot choose more than one category in a list at a time, you can choose simultaneously from different lists. For example, you could select “Thankfulness” from the “Verse category” list and also “Attributes of God” from the “Sub-category” list. Verses that are included in BOTH categories would then be returned (“and”, not “or” logic).

You can also type in keyword searches in several places. The box under “Scripture Reference” can by typed into, if you wanted to see verses from just one book of the Bible, for example. Note that this sorts from the existing chosen list, so you might need to reset the list by clicking in the blank areas of the drop-down menus. You don’t have to type the entire name of the Bible book. For example, if you just type in “Je”, all of the verses in Jeremiah will be shown. You can type keywords into the box under “Verse” as well. Note that your keyword might not show up if it is spelled incorrectly, or if it is used in a different translation of the Bible than what you are used to. For example, if you typed in “thou “, no results will be returned because thou is found in translations not included in this list.  Capitalization does not matter when searching. It is possible to type into the boxes under “Order” and “Link”, but there is not much purpose in doing that.

There is also a search box located at the upper right of the table. Here a keyword can be entered that will be searched for in every column of the table. Be sure to clear that out when you are finished searching for that keyword.

Some searches may monetarily slow down a computer due the complexity of searching through multiple categories in the database.

There are functions for “copy”, “pdf”, “csv”, “print”, and “excel”. These covert your existing list of verses selected into the desired format for exporting.  The entire table will be exported including data from every column. Unfortunately the Bible verse links are not functional when exporting.

Finally, it is interesting to explore the verses and categories in this list.  There are some unusual categories and sub-categories included. This list is not exhaustive in nature, but if you have an idea for a new category type or a particular Bible verse not in the list, please feel free to comment.

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