Jan 27, 2009 David Lang

Getting an F in Verse Notation

The other night my wife asked me to look up Philippians 4:12-13. So I opened up Accordance, made sure it was set to search by verses, and typed "phil 4.12f". This brought up everything from Philippians 4:12 through the end of the chapter, and was easier to type than the full reference.

Did you know you could do that?

In standard verse notation, a single "f." after a verse indicates that you should look not only at the verse listed but also the verse immediately following it. Thus, "Phil. 4:12f." really means Philippians 4:12-13. If you see "ff." after a verse reference it means you should look at two or more verses "following."

Accordance recognizes this notation, giving you a quick way to see the verses which follow any reference you enter. If you enter "f" or "ff" after a verse reference, Accordance will give you all the following verses to the end of the chapter. If you enter "f" or "ff" after a chapter reference, Accordance will give you all the following chapters to the end of the book. And if you enter "f" or "ff" after a book reference, Accordance will give you all the following books to the end of the corpus. Thus, "Mal. 2:4f" will give you Malachi 2:4 through the end of Malachi 2. "Mal. 2f" will give you Malachi chapters 2 through 4. And "Mal. f" will give you all the books from Malachi through Revelation in a standard English Bible. The only trick with using "f" after a book reference is that you need to have a space before the "f". Otherwise, Accordance will interpret the "f" as part of the book name.

In the grand scheme of things, this is a pretty minor feature of Accordance, but it certainly can come in handy when you're in a hurry.

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January 27, 2009 8:22 AM
Well, almost. Accordance recognises "Phil. 4:12f" but it doesn't recognise "Phil. 4:12f." - very minor detail again, but it gets me every time.

Guntis Bukalders

January 27, 2009 8:53 AM
Wow, I didn't know this, even didn't try, I just wished Accordance could have it. ANd it turns out it has it! Thank you! :-)

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