Bible Programs

Information about useful programs for Bible study:

E-Sword (free, e-sword.net)

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A powerful program for Bible study.

An abbreviated listing of some of the resources I find most helpful (free unless otherwise stated)

  • Commentaries:
    • Robertson’s Word Pictures of the New Testament
    • Summarized Bible
    • Wuest’s Word Studies (link includes other resources, but I’m not sure all are legal downloads)
    • John Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible
    • Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament
    • John Darby’s Synopsis of the New Testament
    • Vincent’s Word Studies
    • Believer’s Bible Commentary (purchase)
  • Translations
    • Free:
      • ESV
      • J. N. Darby
      • KJV (with Strong’s numbers)
      • MKJV
      • RV
      • Various N.T. Greek texts with Morphological tags
      • NET Bible
    • Purchase:
      • HCSB
      • NASB (with Strong’s numbers)
      • NIV
      • NKJV
    • Spanish
      • RV 1909 (with Strong’s numbers)
      • LBLA
      • NBLH
      • RV 1960 (purchase)
  •  Dictionaries
    • Strong’s Bible Dictionary
    • International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
    • Thayer’s
    • Robinson’s Morphological Analysis Codes
    • Vine’s Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (purchase)
  • E-books
    • Antiquities of the Jews (Josephus)
    • Fox’s Book of Martyrs
    • Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
    • E.M. Bounds on Prayer
  • Bible maps & charts
Other features:
  • Parallel Bible (up to four translations)
  • Editor to create your own commentary or study notes. Notes are “linked” to the Bible for easy viewing and can be exported.
  • Powerful search capabilities
  • Create verse lists

The Word (free, theWord.net)

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  • Very similar to e-Sword
    • Pretty much the same resources are available;
    • Last I checked, the Word modules were generally more expensive.
    • A little easier to use, a bit more powerful, more customizable
      • Searches are docked
      • Multiple searches may be open at one time
      • Supports search operators like “AND”, “OR”, “NEAR”, “XOR”, “*”, “?”
      • Search in Greek without worrying about diacritics or accents
      • Create user commentaries, books, or dictionaries that work just like regular resources
      • Make custom modules for distribution that support tables and graphics. Verse references are automatically hyperlinked.
  • You can make it portable: just plug your flash drive into another computer and The Word is at your fingertips (find out how here)

BerBible (free, berbible.org)

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For those who want a very basic, light-weight Bible reading/search tool that includes free KJV, NKJV, ESV and NASB Bible versions.

Online Bible (free, onlinebible.net)

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I prefer the other options, but the What the Bible Teaches New Testament commentary series (digital format) is available only here (to my knowledge) for a $20 purchase.

News from the developers: They hope to have the John Ritchie New and Old Testament What the Bible Teaches series included on the standard DVD by around October 2013.

Logos Bible Software (purchase, logos.com)

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Not for the faint of mind, this is perhaps the ultimate Bible study resource, but comes with a price tag and a learning curve. It features companion apps as well.



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