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Basic Search

Enter a word or phrase. Search is case-insensitive.

Punctuation marks other than hyphens, apostrophes, single quotes, and colons will be ignored.

Words and phrases with apostrophes and hyphens are different from those without them. For example, God is different from God’s, and life-giving is different from life giving. Note also that hyphens (-) are different from em dashes (—) and en dashes (–).

Common words such as and, is, and the—also known as noise words—are ignored unless they are part of a phrase. For example, and will be ignored in and | Christ but not in Christ and the church.

Noise words:
a, about, after, all, also, an, and, another, any, are, as, at, be, because, been, before, being, between, both, but, by, came, can, come, could, did, do, does, each, else, for, from, get, got, had, has, have, he, her, here, him, himself, his, how, if, in, into, is, it, its, just, like, make, many, me, might, more, most, much, must, my, never, no, now, of, on, only, or, other, our, out, over, re, said, same, see, should, since, so, some, still, such, take, than, that, the, their, them, then, there, these, they, this, those, through, to, too, under, up, use, very, want, was, way, we, well, were, what, when, where, which, while, who, will, with, would, you, your

Single letters or digits by themselves are also considered noise words.

Advanced Search

Combine multiple words or phrases using logical operators
For AND, use & (e.g., Christ & reality of the body).
For OR, use | (e.g., economy | plan).
For AND NOT, use &! (e.g., spirit &! our human).
It is not possible to use NOT by itself.
Inflectional search using ^
A caret symbol (^) specifies that all grammatical forms of a word should be matched. For example, ^rejoice will search for (rejoice | rejoiced | rejoices | rejoicing).
Inflection search will split the specified word into a separate group. For example, ^purpose of God will search for (purpose | purposed | purposes | purposing) & (of God).
Complex searches using parentheses
Complex searches can be formulated by grouping expressions within parentheses. For example, mingle & (dispense | work Himself | impart).


Christ will return results that have the word Christ. It will not match Christ’s or Christs.

eternal purpose | eternal plan | eternal economy will return results that have any of these three phrases.

eternal & (purpose | plan | economy) will return results that have the word eternal and either purpose, plan, or economy.

economy & ^dispense will return results that have the word economy and any form of the word dispense.

Exact Phrase Search

Enter a full phrase, including exact punctuation. This search may be useful for finding publications that contain a specific sentence.

Sentences that include Scripture references might not be found with Exact Phrase Search. This includes references such as chapter 1. Try to search for the text before or after the Scripture reference.

Text that spans multiple paragraphs, headings, outline points, etc. will not be found.

Results will include partial words. For example, searching for live will return results matching lived, enlivened, and deliver, etc. To find whole words, do not use Exact Phrase Search.

Results for exact phrases can be sorted by year, but not by hits.

Note that Exact Phrase Search may take longer to run than regular search.

Searching by Scripture References

Select a book, chapter, and verse of the Bible.

Verse is optional. Chapter is also optional provided the search is narrowed by additional search text.

Verse searches will return all instances of the verse reference regardless of its notation. For example, searching for 1 Corinthians 15:45 will return First Corinthians 15:45, 1 Cor. 15:45, 15:45, v. 45, and ranges of verses such as vv. 40-46.

If Scripture is searched together with text, the hits count is based on the search text, and the Scripture reference is used only as a filter.

If Scripture is searched by itself, the hits count will indicate the number of references found.

Filtering by Publication

Select a collection or specific titles.

Further narrow your search by selecting years. These are the approximate years of speaking or publication. For Life-study of the Bible, the year the selected Life-study began is used.

When searching within All Publications, The Collected Works of Watchman Nee, or The Collected Works of Witness Lee, the start year will be changed to match the earliest year that a set or volume covers.

To select more than one title, or to unselect a title, hold down Ctrl (on Windows) or Cmd (on Mac) as you click.

These filters are optional. You may find it helpful to apply filters if a search is taking too long or returning too many results.