Use Commands to Narrow Your Search Results
Suppose you're looking for verses that talk about "mercy." Do a word search for "mercy" in many English Bibles and you'll find a great many references to the "mercy seat." How do you weed out all the occurrences of "mercy seat" so that you can just concentrate on the references to mercy by itself? You do it by using search commands.
Search commands let you group and exclude items from a search in a variety of ways, and you'll find them all conveniently listed in the Enter Command submenu of the Search menu.
One simple way to exclude "mercy seat" from your search for "mercy" would be mercy <NOT> mercy seat. This search finds any verse which contains the word "mercy" but which does not contain the phrase "mercy seat." However, this search might eliminate positive hits. For example, what if there were a verse which reads, "You will find mercy at the mercy seat"? Such a verse would be excluded because <NOT> mercy seat eliminates every verse which contains the phrase "mercy seat."
A better way to construct this search would be mercy <NOT> <FOLLOWED BY> <WITHIN 1 Words> seat. This search will find every occurrence of the word "mercy" except those which are immediately followed by "seat." So if there really were a verse which read "You will find mercy at the mercy seat," Accordance would highlight the first occurrence of "mercy" but not the second.
Now, it just so happens that in most English Bibles, both of these searches return the same number of results. That means that there are no verses which mention "mercy" together with the phrase "mercy seat." Still, I hope you can see the difference between these two searches and the level of precision which is possible by combining multiple search commands.
By the way, if you do these searches in the King James, you'll find that there is a difference which shows up. Can any of you tell me which verse is excluded by mercy <NOT> mercy seat but found by mercy <NOT> <FOLLOWED BY> <WITHIN 1 Words> seat? If you can, how did you find it? I'll show you an easy way to locate the difference in tomorrow's post.