So when I’m not using my good ‘ole Cambridge Wide-Margin Bible, what do I use on my computer?
There are soooo many Bible software programs out there, you can’t even shake a stick at them (I’m not sure where that colloquialism came from but I have heard it all my life. If you know the origins of that little saying, please let me know).
Here, I will share with you the two I use; one is a local, on-board software package and the other is web-based.
When I make a “link” in my posts to a verse or passage like THIS, I use “The Official King James Bible Online”. You can go right to the homepage HERE.
I will not say it is the best because there are many good Bible sites out there, such as…
However, I prefer this one.
Which is your favorite online Bible site?
The Bible software I use locally on my computer is called, “SwordSearcher” It can be found HERE.
I have used multiple Bible software packages through the years but this one, in my humble opinion, is the BEST!
I have used SwordSearcher for nearly 10 years and here are the things I love about it…
- Powerful search functions, not only covering the Bible but many other included books such as…
- Authorized King James Version
Optionally displays words of Christ in red lettering.
- King James Version with Strong’s Lexicon Links
Each English word is linked to Hebrew and Greek words fromStrong’s Concordance.
- King James 1611 Edition
The 1611 edition retaining original spellings.
- Other versions are included but of course the KJV is all you need.
- Textus Receptus
- Scrivener’s Greek New Testament with Stephens variants as footnotes.
- Ben Chayyim Hebrew Old Testament.
Dictionaries & Encyclopedias:
- American Tract Society Dictionary of the Holy Bible
- Companion Bible Appendixes
By E. W. Bullinger.
- M.G. Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Third edition. Includes 277 maps and illustrations.
- Fausset’s Bible Dictionary
By the co-author of the Jamieson-Fausset-Brown commentary,Andrew Robert Fausset.
- Figures of Speech Used in the Bible
By E. W. Bullinger
- Hastings’ Dictionary of the Bible
By James Hastings (editor).
- Hitchcock’s Bible Names Dictionary
- International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
One of the largest Bible encyclopedias.
- The King James Bible Companion
Defines over 600 words as used in the King James Bible. 2010 edition, by David W. Daniels.
- McClintock and Strong Cyclopedia
Over 49,000 entries on Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical topics, literature, people, and places.
- Morrish Bible Dictionary
Published by George Morrish.
- Noah Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language
Over 60,000 word definitions, frequently using Scripture as examples. Far more useful in Bible study then more recent editions.
- Smith’s Bible Dictionary
The complete work as prepared by William Smith. “Every subject, place and event mentioned in the Bible– carefully identified and accurately defined.”
- Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Lexicons
James Strong’s popular lexicon of Hebrew and Greek. Used in connection with the KJVSL SwordSearcher Bible text, linking each definition to the English words.
- Watson’s Biblical and Theological Dictionary
by Richard Watson.
- Wright’s Bible Word-Book
By William Aldis Wright, expanded from the original incomplete work by J. Eastwood. One of the more unique Bible word dictionaries, in that several examples showing how words were used in literature are included for most definitions.
- Andrew Miller’s Church History
by Andrew Miller.
- Osborn’s Biblical History
H. S. Osborn’s Classbook of Biblical History and Geography.
- Bounds on Prayer
Necessity of Prayer, Essentials of Prayer, Reality of Prayer, Purpose in Prayer, Weapon of Prayer, Power of Prayer, andPrayer and Praying Men. By Edward M. Bounds.
- Charles Finney’s Systematic Theology
Lectures by Charles Finney
- Crowned With Glory
The Bible from Ancient Text to Authorized Version, by Dr. Thomas Holland.
- Dispensational Truth
With all charts and illustrations, by Clarence Larkin.
- Essential Works of Lewis Sperry Chafer
The Kingdom in History and Prophecy, Salvation: A Clear Doctrinal Analysis, He that is Spiritual, True Evangelism: Winning Souls by Prayer, Satan: His Motive and Methods, Grace: The Glorious Theme, Major Bible Themes, The Ephesian Letter Doctrinally Considered, The Crowns of the Lord Jesus Christ
- Great Preaching of the Faith
458 sermons and 450 subject indexes, from Calvin, Edwards, Finney, McCheyne, Moody, Morrison, Sunday, Torrey, Wesley, and Whitefield.
- How to Study the Bible
The Second Coming and Other Expositions, by I. M. Haldeman.
- Interpretation of the English Bible, An
by B. H. Carroll. The complete 17 volume commentary and study of Scripture.
- One Book Rightly Divided
By Dr. Douglas Stauffer.
- Outlines of the Books of the Bible
Every chapter of the Scriptures presented in outline form.
- Park Street and Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit
Over 3,500 sermons from C. H. Spurgeon. All 63 volumes!
- Rightly Dividing the Word
Including 55 charts and illustrations. Clarence Larkin.
- Fox’s Book of Martyrs
The classic work chronicling slain believers throughout the history of the Church. Edited by William Byron Forbush.
- Seven Books by Sir Robert Anderson
The Coming Prince, Forgotten Truths, The Gospel and its Ministry, The Lord from Heaven, Redemption Truths, The Silence of God,and Types in Hebrews. By Sir Robert Anderson.
- Books by Alfred Edersheim
Sketches of Jewish Social Life and The Temple: Its Ministry and Services
- Writings of C.H. Mackintosh
Miscellaneous Writings (7 volumes), Occasional Papers.
- Writings of F. B. Hole
By Frank Binford Hole
- John S. C. Abbott and Jacob Abbott’s Commentary on the New Testament
- Albert Barnes’ Notes on the New and Old Testaments
By Albert Barnes.
- William Burkitt’s Expository Notes on the New Testament
By William Burkitt.
- Biblical Illustrator
56 volume commentary edited by Joseph S. Exell.
- Calvin’s Commentaries
Verse-specific commentary from the Calvin Translation Society edition of John Calvin’s Commentaries.
- Adam Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible
By Adam Clarke.
- Coke’s Bible Commentary
By Thomas Coke.
- Companion Bible Notes
By E. W. Bullinger.
- John Darby’s Chapter Synopses
A commentary focusing on each chapter, rather than each individual verse, of the Bible. By John Nelson Darby.
- Edwards’ Notes on Scripture
By Jonathan Edwards.
- Family Bible Notes
- Gaebelein’s Annotated Bible
Commentary by Arno Clemens (A.C.) Gaebelein.
- Geneva Bible Commentary
Commentary from the 1599 edition of the Geneva Bible.
- Gray’s Concise Bible Commentary
By James M. Gray.
- Hole’s New Testament Commentary
By Frank Binford (F. B.) Hole.
- John Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible
By John Gill.
- Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary
Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset, and David Brown; Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible.
- Keil and Delitzsch Old Testament Commentary
By Karl Keil and Franz Delitzsch.
- Larkin’s Commentaries on Daniel and Revelation
The Book of Revelation; The Book of Daniel. Clarence Larkin. Includes 61 charts and illustrations.
- Lightfoot’s commentary on the Gospels
Gospel commentaries in From the Talmud and Hebraica by John Lightfoot.
- Mackintosh’s Notes on the Pentateuch
Commentary on Genesis-Deuteronomy by Charles H. Mackintosh (C.H.M.).
- MacLaren’s Expositions of Holy Scripture
by Alexander MacLaren. Over 1500 sermons in commentary form.
- Matthew Henry’s Whole Bible Commentary
The entire commentary by Matthew Henry.
- Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary
Matthew Henry‘s smaller devotional commentary.
- Newell’s Romans, Verse by Verse
- The People’s New Testament Commentary
New Testament Explanatory Notes by B. W. Johnson.
- The Preacher’s Complete Homiletical Commentary
37 volumes. Joseph Exell, William Jones, George Barlow, et. al.
- Pulpit Commentary
Edited by H. D. M. Spence, Joseph S. Exell.
- Matthew Poole’s Commentary on the Holy Bible
English Annotations on the Holy Bible, by Matthew Poole.
- Morning and Evening Devotional
Quite possibly the best daily devotional ever published, by C. H. Spurgeon. Accessible by verse reference and by date.
- Scofield Reference Bible Notes
“Old Scofield” edition, 1917. C. I. Scofield (editor).
- The Fourfold Gospel and Commentary on Acts
McGarvey and Pendleton’s Gospel commentaries, and J.W. McGarvey‘s commentary on Acts.
- Trapp’s Bible Commentary
by John Trapp.
- C.H. Spurgeon’s Treasury of David
C. H. Spurgeon’s mammoth seven-volume commentary on the Psalms, unabridged version.
- Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Expanded, with 800,000 cross-references.
- A. T. Robertson’s New Testament Word Pictures
- John Wesley’s Bible Notes
By John Wesley.
Topical Bible Guides:
Maps and Illustrations:
- 30 Color Maps
From J. L. Hurlbut’s Historical Geography of the Bible.
- Over 100 Illustrations by Clarence Larkin
Included with Dispensational Truth, Rightly Dividing the Word, andCommentaries on Daniel and Revelation, by Clarence Larkin.
- 277 Maps and Illustrations from Easton’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Included with the text of the third edition of Easton’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary.
- Word Clouds
By Bill Bonnell. A unique resource with linked word diagrams for each book and major division of the Bible.
Even more library material is available
for free download in the SwordSearcher Forums
- When searching, multiple ways to search are built into the software. You can search individual books of the Bible, as well as the Old and New Testaments, or the entire Bible. All the works cited above are searchable too.
- For posting on my blog or any writing I am doing, it is very easy to copy and paste straight from the program, and when pasting, the fonts conform to what you are already using in your writing program.
SwordSearcher is a great Bible study tool. I highly recommend it.
Of course, as much as I like it does not mean it is the only one out there. Which Bible software is your favorite? Let me know in the comments section.
Thanks for reading. Lord bless you and yours.
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