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Strong's Concordance Is Not To Be Used as a Dictionary

 

A concordance will not help know for cetain a word's meaning because a concordance does not claim to be a dictionary. Instead, it represents a list of what English word was used to translate a Greek word in the source bible. For example, a KJV Concordance like Strong's is not a dictionary. Instead, Strong's is a listing of how in 1611 each Greek word was translated into English by the King James Version aka the KJV.  Strong himself was not even a linguist in Greek. But it was not a necessary skill. All he was doing was providing an index between the KJV's choice and the Greek root word it reflected.  

Here are some proofs to help dislodge traditional misconceptions that Strong's can be used as a dictionary:  

The Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, generally known as Strong's Concordance, is a Bible concordance, an index of every [English] word in the King James Version (KJV).... ("Strong's Concordanc," Wikipedia

"Strong's Concordance is ... not a lexicon/dictionary (and thus is not a reliable source for the meaning of a lexeme in a specific context)...." ("Strong's Is Not A Lexicon/ Dictionary," Bible Hermenuetics.)

"I have had such a problem explaining to some people that Strong is showing 'how the words ARE translated' but that doesn't mean that the words should or can be translated that way. (Id., fn. 2.)

"James Strong was NOT a Linguist that understood Biblical Languages. Though James Strong was a professor, he was NOT a professor in Greek or Hebrew, and was not fluent in these languages, he received nothing but a summary introduction education in these languages. And his credentials as a Doctorate of theology are only honorary;....'" ("THE PROBLEM OF USING STRONG’S CONCORDANCE " (2016), Faith Bible Ministries.)

"This great misunderstanding [about what Strong's represents] has created more false doctrine in churches because [it does...] not give us the exact meaning of God’s will concerning that word as seen in Greek or Hebrew word studies." Id. 

"Strong’s is never meant to be preached from. It is meant to locate passages in the Bible if you know only one word in that passage,...." Id.

Thus one can see that a KJV “concordance” approach being pushed today as the last word -- from 1611 -- suits a strategy to not appear dishonest when somone says Strong's omits pisteuo in the Greek of Joh 3:16 can mean “obeys" "comply," etc. The Strong's editors lay out their concordance as a dictionary. It can fool you if your pastor or teacher does not tell you this is a misuse of Strong's. Your teacher makes you think it is a dictionary despite 400+ years of scholarship improving on our knowledge of Greek. However, Strong's is not even a dictionary.

Thus the editors of such a concordance can continue to omit “obeys” / "comply" as a meaning of pisteuo in John 3:16, for example. However, there is no excuse any longer to think "pisteuo" means only "believe" in John 3:16. Strong's can be republished forever with no update on 'pisteuo's true meaning because Strong's only claims to list the English word used in 1611 in the KJV to translate a Greek word.