Bible SuperSearch

Version 2.0

User's Guide

Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life:
and they are they which testify of Me.
John 5:39


Bible SuperSearch is a free, easy-to-use, web based Bible search and passage retrieval program. It includes a powerful search engine, which can search the entire Bible, or at your option, search only the requested book(s), chapter(s) or passage reference(s). Bible SuperSearch can also look up multiple passage references at once, including complex references.

Bible SuperSearch is open source software, and is freely available for Christian webmasters and web developers. If you would like to install Bible SuperSearch on your website, please check out the official Bible SuperSearch website at for downloading information. 

Table of Contents


Search Options

Search Type

All Words
Any Word
Exact Phrase
Proximity Search
Chapter Search
Regular Expression
Boolean Search

Bible Version
Parallel Search
Whole Words Only

Search Pagination
Seeing results in context

Boolean Searches

Phrases and Regular Expressions
Implied AND
Operator Aliases
Wildcard Searches
With Proximity Search

Limiting your Searches

Looking up passages

Parallel Bibles
Multiple Verses & Verse Ranges
Multiple Books or Chapters
Multiple Passages
Indefinite Ranges
Random chapters & Random verses
Browsing the Bible
Other features

Custom Search Limitation

Formatting Options

Text Size

Font Style
Easy Copy

Advanced Search

Custom Proximity Range

Searches [top]

Basic Searches [top]

Enter a word or words into the “Search” text box, and click "search". The search is equivalent to an exhaustive concordance; it will return ALL verses with the given word(s).

By default, the system will display all verses returned, and will search for verses with ALL the words entered. The searches are NOT case sensitive.

Search Options [top]

Search Type [top]

The search type is selected by the radio buttons or drop down menu, if applicable, on the form:

All Words

Searches for verses containing ALL of the words entered. (Default)

Any Word

Searches for verses containing ANY of the words entered

Exact Phrase

Searches for verses containing the exact phrase entered.

Words Within 5 Verses

Finds all words, not necessarily in the same verse. Word2 within 5 verses of word1, word3 within 5 verses of word2... See Advanced Search below for more proximity search options.*
Words within Same Chapter Finds all the words, within the same chapter.*
Regular Expression
Searches for the specified regular expression. See for details on using regular expressions.

Boolean Expression

Boolean expression search with parentheses support.

Allows you to specify advanced search queries using operators AND, OR, XOR, NOT, PROX(N) and CHAP. Also allows grouping of terms with parenthesis (). See below for details.

Bible Version [top]

The Bible version to search or look up passages can be selected from the “Bible” drop-down box. Bible SuperSearch will keep the selected version until you chose another. If only one Bible version is installed, you will see the name of the installed version in place of the “Bible” drop down menu.

Parallel Bible Versions [top]

You may search up to four Bibles at a time. Just select the versions you desire from the Bible lists. Please note: For parallel searches, all Bibles selected must be of the SAME LANGUAGE.

Whole Words Only [top]

Check “Whole words only” check box for searches for the exact word(s) only. For example: Searching for work does not return worked, works, worker or working.

Unchecking “Whole Words Only” will result in searches returning verses with words CONTAINING the requested words. For example: Searching for one returns one, bone, stone, alone, among other things. “Whole Words Only” is selected by default.

Search Pagination [top]

For searches, twenty verses are displayed at a time. Click on a page number to move to that page, or click on the arrows to move to the previous or next page. To see all search results on one page, click on “Show All.” When showing all results on one page, the results can be paginated by clicking on “Paginate Results.”

Seeing Results in Context [top]

You can easily see your search results in context by clicking on the VERSE reference for a particular verse. This will show the entire verse, plus two verses before it and two verses after it (in the same chapter.) Clicking on the Book and Chapter reference will show you the entire chapter for this verse.

Example, for Acts 4:12, clicking on “12” will give Acts 4:10-14; while clicking on “Acts 12” will give Acts chapter 12.

Since the search engine only displays the verses with the word(s) that you requested, this is a very useful feature to get the full meaning of a verse. This feature also works with all INDIVIDUAL verses that you look up (see below).

Boolean Searches [top]

The Boolean search allows you to specify advanced search queries using operators AND, OR, and NOT.  It also allows grouping of terms with parentheses ( ).

A search term is defined as a word or phrase that is part of the search query.

The operators work similar to mathematical operators. Order of operations is followed. Operations are preformed starting at the innermost set of parentheses, progressing to the outermost set, then NOT, then AND, then OR, then PROX() and CHAP (see below).

Example: 'Jesus AND Lord OR Christ'

Returns verses with BOTH 'Jesus' AND 'Lord', and verses with 'Christ', and verses containing all three words, 'Jesus,' 'Lord,' and 'Christ'

Example:'Jesus OR Lord NOT Christ'

Returns verses with either 'Jesus' or 'Lord' or both 'Jesus' and 'Lord', but only those that do not contain the word 'Christ'

Phrases and Regular Expressions [top]

You can also search for phrases and regular expressions, enclosed with double quotations (“”) with the Boolean search.

Example: “Lord Jesus” OR Christ

Returns verses with either “Lord Jesus” (exact phrase) or 'Christ' or both the phrase “Lord Jesus” and the word 'Christ' (not in any particular order.)

Parentheses [top]

Search terms can be grouped using parentheses. You may also use brackets [ ] { }.

Example: '(Lord OR Christ) AND Jesus'

Returns verses with 'Jesus' and 'Lord or 'Jesus' and 'Christ' or 'Lord' and 'Christ' and 'Jesus'

More examples:

'(preserved OR stand) AND (word OR truth)'

'((Lord OR Christ) AND Jesus OR God) AND disciples

Implied AND [top]

If an operator is not specified between terms, Bible SuperSearch interprets the query as if there was an AND between the terms.

Example: 'Jesus Lord OR Christ' interpreted as 'Jesus AND Lord OR Christ'
Example: '(Lord OR Christ) Jesus' interpreted as '(Lord OR Christ) AND Jesus'
Example: 'Jesus Lord Christ' interpreted as 'Jesus AND Lord AND Christ'

Operator Aliases [top]

To make the Boolean search quicker to use, the following operator aliases have been developed. Any of these can be used in place of the operator, for the same results.


Alias #1

Alias #2













PROX(N) ~P(N) ~

Wildcard Searches [top]

You may specify wildcard characters in your Boolean searches using the following characters.

% -  Unlimited characters

_ - Single character

The unlimited characters wildcard allows for any amount of characters, while the single character wildcard only takes the place of one character.

Example: stand% returns stand, standing, standeth, standard
Example: %stand returns stand, understand.

Proximity Searches* [top]

You may specify a proximity search within a Boolean search, using the PROX(N) operator. N is the proximity range.

For example, 'preserve PROX(4) words|truth'

Proximity searches are interpreted as follows: for term1 PROX(4) term2 prox(20) term3, term2 must be found within 4 verses of term1, and term3 must be found within 20 verses of term 2.

Note: due to system limitation, the PROX() operator may not be enclosed within parentheses or brackets.

*Please note, the Proximity/Chapter search will run slower than other searches, because of the complexity of the computation involved. Also, using PROX() with a limitation specified to the verse (such as Gen 1:1-20) may produce undesired results. 

For a detailed description of Boolean searches, please visit this link:

This is an article on Internet Boolean searches, but the concept is the same. Please note that while the Bible SuperSearch Boolean search performs similarly to the searches described here, it may not function exactly as described.

Limiting Your Searches [top]

Your searches can be limited to certain, predefined sections of the Bible by entering the following keywords in the “Look-up” textbox, or selecting them from the drop-down menu, if applicable. You may use either the name or any of the aliases. If one or more of the below limiters are not available in the drop-down menu, you may still use it by entering it into the look-up box.

(Note: submitting most of these shortcuts without a search will result in an error message because looking up multiple books at once will overload this server. Therefore, Bible SuperSearch will give an error. You must enter the EXACT WORD OR PHRASE as listed below.)


Alias 1

Alias 2


Old Testament 



Genesis - Malachi 

New Testament 



Matthew - Revelation 


OT Law 


Genesis - Deuteronomy 




Joshua - Esther 

Wisdom & Poetry 



Job - Song of Solomon 



All Prophets 

Isaiah - Malachi 

Major Prophets 



Isaiah - Daniel 

Minor Prophets 



Hosea - Malachi 




Matthew - John 



NT Epistles 

Romans - Jude 

Pauline Epistles 



Romans - Hebrews 

General Epistles 



James - Jude 

End Times Prophecy 

Last Days 


Rev; Daniel; Matt 24 

Also see the “Custom Search Limitation” below.

Looking Up Passages [top]

Basic Passage Retrieval [top]

Enter the reference into the “passage” or “lookup” box, and click the “go” or “lookup” button. You may enter either the full name of the book, or any common abbreviation of it. You may also request whole chapters and books.

Example: Romans 8:2
Example: Rom 8:2
Example: Rom. 8:2 (with period)
Example: Ro. 8:2
Example: Jas 1:8 (James 1:8)

Example: James 3
Example: 2 Tim 2
Example: 2Tim
Example: Rev

Parallel Bibles [top]

You may look up references in multiple Bibles, to be displayed side-by-side. Choose the Bibles you desire in the separate Bible menus. You may view up to four Bibles in parallel format.

Multiple verses & Verse Ranges [top]

You may request multiple verses from a chapter using commas and hyphens.

Example: Jas 1:1,2, 3

Example: Rom 1:2, 5:8

Example: Matt 1:1-3

Example: Rom 3:23, 6:23, 5:8, 10:9,13;

Example: Jn 1:1-3, 5,6, 8-10 (Chapter 1, verses 1-3, 5 and 6, and 8-10)

Note: You may include spaces with your commas and hyphens, but they are not required.

You may also request multiple verses from the same book:

Example: Rom 5:2, 6:, 8:6, 9:3-10:2, 6 (Chapter 5, verses 2 and 6, chapter 6 (entire), chapter 9 verse three through chapter 10, verse 2, and chapter 10, verse six. (Please note, that chapter 6 is denoted as "6:" If the colon is ommitted, it is interpreted as chapter 5, verse 6.)

Multiple books or chapters [top]

You may also request multiple chapters and books in the same way. However, you may only request multiple books in conjunction with a search. (See Custom Search Limitation below.)

Example: Rom 1, 3 (Chapters 1 and 3)
Example: Acts 2, 5-7 (Chapters 2 and 5 through 7)

Example: Mark-John
Example: Dan; Rev (Note, specifying individual books requires a semicolon (;), instead of a comma between the book names.)

Indefinite Ranges [top]

You may request retrieval to the end of a chapter without knowing the number of the last verse by inserting a hyphen after the starting verse, but omitting the final verse.

Example: Phil 3:5- (Chapter 3, verses 5 through the end of the chapter)
Example: Titus 2:-10 (Chapter 2, verses 1 through 10)

Cross Chapter Lookup [top]

You may look up verses across multiple chapters in the following manner:

Example: 1 Cor 4:8-5:2 (Chapter 4, verse 8 through chapter 5, verse 2)

Example: Dan 6:5-10:10 (Chapter 6, verse 5 through chapter 10, verse 10)

Starting and ending with a whole chapter.

If you want to start or end your request with a complete chapter, simply enter it with a colon but no verse reference like this:

Example: Rom 1:-2:5 (Chapter 1, verse 1 through chapter 2, verse 5)
Example: Acts 4:12-6: (Chapter 4, verse 12 through the end of chapter 6)

Whole chapter to whole chapter references:

Simply omit the verse reference and colon

Example: Mark 2-5

See also the “Multiple books or chapters” Section under “Commas and Ranges”

For convenience, the following entry methods will also work in the way they are noted below:

Example: Lk. 12-14:3 (Chapter 12, verse 1 through chapter 14, verse 3)
Example: Eph 1:8-3:- (Chapter 1, verse 8 through the end of chapter 3)

Note the following will NOT work as cross-chapter references:
Example: Gal 1:3-2 (interpreted as chapter 1, verses 3 through 2, will give error message)
Example: Ps 3:2-4 (will return chapter 3, verses 2-4)

Multiple Passages [top]

To look up multiple passages, enter the separate references with a semicolon (“;”) between them. You may add as few or as many spaces (before or after the semicolon) as you want.

Bible SuperSearch can handle complex requests with any combination of references in the forms listed above.

Example: 1 Tim 5:2; Rom. 5:8
Example: Romans 1:16;Acts 4:12; Ps 119:11; Rom 8:5-7
Example: Rom 3:23, 6:23, 5:8, 10:9,13; Eph 2:8,9; Acts 4:12; Jn 8:31-32,36

Random Chapter & Random Verse [top]

For those who like to randomly open your Bible and start reading, this is for you!   

To veiw a random chapter, click "Random Chapter."

To veiw a random verse, click "Random Verse."

Note: If you refresh your page or edit your request, you will be given a different chapter or book.

Note: If you are using multiple Bibles, the chapter or verse will be randomly selected from the first one, and displayed from all.

Other Features [top]

Book number

You may look up references using the two digit number of the book instead of the name.

The books are numbered Genesis = 01, Exodus = 02 … Jude = 65, Revelation = 66. Note: The book number MUST be entered as a two digit number for it to work.

Example: 19 91 (Psalms 91)
Example: 01 1:1 (Genesis 1:1)

Custom Search Limitation [top]

You may search any selection of Bible passages using the custom search limitation feature. To use, simply enter the passage references to be searched in the “look up” box, and your search terms in the “search” box, and click the “look up” or “search” button. You may enter any reference as given above.


look up: Heb 11, search: faith

look up: 1 Cor 15, search: resurrection

look up: Rom 3:23, 6:23, 5:8, 10:9-13; Jn 3:15-; Acts 4:12-25, search: saved

Formatting Options [top]

Text Size 

large text Large Text 

medium text Medium Text

small text Small Text

Font Style 

serif Serif (Times New Roman)

sans-serif Sans-Serif (Arial)

monospace Monospace (Courier New)

Easy Copy easy copy image

If you want the text to display in an easy-to-copy format, click on the Easy Copy icon. To revert to the nicer formatting, click Easy Copy again. This allows you to copy and paste Bible text easily into your favorite word processor while requiring minimal editing and formatting.

Browsing the Bible [top]

You may easily move between adjacent chapters and books using the browsing buttons as shown below. (Buttons may not look exactly as shown below.)

| Show Previous Book

Show Previous Chapter (May give last chapter of previous book.)

Show Entire Text of This Chapter (If only some of the chapter is shown.)

Show Next Chapter (May give first chapter of next book.)

| Show Next Book

Editing Requests [top]

If you made a mistake in entering your reference and/or search, or you would like to edit it for any other reason, you may do so by using the “Edit search” feature.

Just click on the “edit search”, “Edit Request” or “Edit” button (whichever is applicable), and your last passage request and/or search will appear in the request form. You may then edit them and repeat your request. You may also edit your search by clicking the text after “You requested:” (if applicable).

Note: This also sets the “search type” and “whole words only” to the settings you entered last, although the form does not show it.

Clearing the form.

To clear all passage and search entries from the form, click the “clear form” button (if applicable).

Advanced Search [top]

For advanced search options, click the “Advanced Search” icon. The advanced search gives these additional features:


All of these words

Verses containing ALL the words entered.

Any of these words

Verses containing ANY the words entered.

Only one of these words

Verses with exactly ONE of the words entered.

The exact phrase

Verses containing the exact phrase entered.

None of these words

Verses containing NONE of the words entered.

You can combine these to produce advanced searches. For example, entering “Jesus God” into the “All” box and “Peter John” into the “Any” box results in a search for verses containing both “Jesus” AND “God,” and either “Peter” OR “John.”

Search Limitation [top]

You may limit all advanced searches by making a selection from the “restrict search to” menu, or entering a reference into the “Passage limitation” box.

Custom Proximity Search [top]

You can specify a custom range for a proximity search using the drop down menu and special search box. For example, if you want to find the words within 10 verses, select “± 10 verses.” Be sure to enter your keywords into the “proximity” search box.

Please note that when using the proximity search, all entries into other search related boxes will be ignored. However, your search restrictions will be applied.

Power Search [top]

Power users will like these extra large boxes for entering long passage and boolean search queries.

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