Last Update: Jan 2017: Removed Ellis
Enterprises Bible Library website; Deleted MyAges.com (no longer
active); Removed Received Bible Society's BibleOne.org (gone);
Various updates to version numbers, descriptions, etc.
(Older history moved
to the bottom of the page)
1. A General Overview of Bible Software
2. Evaluation Criteria Used (Detail of features considered during these software reviews)
3. Christian Links to other resources
4. History of the No-Longer Available Bible Companion software (for
historical purposes and the curious!)
Note 2: Many programs that
work under Microsoft Windows® may also be used on a modern Apple
Macintosh® system using software such as Parallels,
or Apple's Boot
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Version/Date of last update
AV Bible Version 2007
v7.0 Aug 2011
7.2 May 2013
|Bible search program by Kevin
Wonus. Focused on the Authorized Version of the Bible.
Free. Older AV-2007 also available for other Windows
versions.In addition, a software development kit for
the Received Text Bible is also available at Kevin's The Received Text website
(see link to the left)
V5.1.16 Jul 2005
|HTML compiled program of the Bible. Free. Has not been updated in quite some time.
(Search on Sand Apps)
|All-In-One software by Ian Vink (Canada). Free downloadable version or full version on CD available for the cost of shipping ($2.99). Additional downloads are available. Last version of the Download I tried (v1.11) contained "adchoices" advertising screens.
|Bible Research Systems, Inc.:
Bible Study Pak with Verse Search
|BRS Verse-Search All-In-One
Rather expensive at $99.95 with a single Bible version. Additional versions and study aids are $49.95 or $59.95 each. They do offer a 60-day money back guarantee (minus shipping), however. No demo available, and the software seems quite old.
Biblesoft's PC Study Bible has been a successful
commercial program for many years that has achieved
a good following. Third party packages are
available. An authoring capability is provided.
Available in a wide range of packages. While the
desktop version has not apparently been updated
(still at 5.0f as of 2016), there is a new online
version that works on Mobile devices as well (see
link at left) and costs from Free to $9.95 per month
(as of Jan 2017)
|Mac OSX 10.7 or higher
|Possibly under Wine, or
BibleWorks is a popular commercial program that
specializes in original language tools and has had
many good reviews. List price for BibleWorks 10 is
$389. Certainly one of the top programs if you want
to get into the Greek & Hebrew languages behind
the Bible versions. BibleWorks has partnered with
WordSearch so many (not all) modules from WordSearch
are now available.
|BibleWorkshop Ltd.: BibleWorkshop
|WinXP - Win10
|Commercial Bible Study
software from Germany (and in German) for Windows and
Mac. € 39,90. A free version still seems to be
available. Version is up to 5.1.2, but I couldn't find
a date for this version.
|UniBible Palm utilizes the Unbound Bible
format from Biola University. Many Bibles from The
Sword Project have been converted to this format. Is
anyone still using the Palm platform?
|V1.0 July 1994
|Bible Plus is an old, free,
simple KJV Bible reader program with notes ability.
Originally for Windows 3.1, but still works on XP!
Nice, small and simple application. I didn't try every
option, but it doesn't seem to operate in Win7.
Dagger - OPIE;
Bible Study J2ME
Open Source CrossWire applications utilize a common Sword Module library, and apps are available for Linux/UNIX, Windows, MAC, JAVA, PDA, and even as a Firefox plugin (FireBible). Several tools are provided for converting other format modules to the CrossWire format (such as from the Online Bible format). The applications available for each OS are listed to the left. See the website for full information. Cost is Free (downloadable or order a CD)
|Palm OS 3 or higher. Full featured KJV Bible
software with searching, commentaries, lexicons, etc.
|Due Diligence Software:
The Workman's Study Bible
|The Workman's Study Bible
supports Online-Bible modules in almost any format.
You can even keep OLB installed and access its modules
from within Workman's. Features multiple windows,
strong search capabilities, and hover windows to
provide related information at a glance. There don't seem to be any updates
Ellis Enterprises: Bible Library
Website is gone
|Win XP, Vista, 7, 8
Bible Library is a decent, all-in-one package that
has been around for some time but also doesn't seem
to have been (majorly) updated in some time, either.
You can often find versions available on the
discount racks, but watch version numbers as they
are often not the latest! The website in 2013 showed
v7 and mentions working with Windows 8. The
screenshots show an older-looking interface, so I'm
not sure what has changed under the hood. The Ellis website is gone (as of
Jan 2017), but you can still find this software on
various websites for sale, so I'll keep this entry
here for a while.
Findex's QuickVerse has a long history, and is now
owned by WordSearch. WordSearch offered a QuickVerse
upgrade to upgrade your current Quickverse to the
Cross format. As of Jan 2017, I don't see any
mentions of Quickverse on the WordSearch website, so
I think it is no longer available/supported.
GRAMCORD Institute: GRAMCORD
V2.4CX Nov 2002
(in XP Mode)
GRAMCORD is another competitor in the "original
languages" based products. It uses the Bible
Companion (2.x) engine and adds extensive Original
Language Tools and features STEP libraries. Packages
start at $99. GRAMCORD also publishes the Accordance
software for Macintosh, and a GRAMCORD Lite version
for Palm/PocketPC. Doesn't seem to have gone through
any recent updates though there are fixes to ensure
it works under Microsoft Vista and Win7. Win7 required XP mode, and I see
no mention of Win10 - contact Gramcord if you
intend on buying.
|Windows Phone 8
HeavenWord no longer provides their Lightning Bible
Study software, but now offers several FREE apps for
Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8, and I would imagine
they work under Win10.
Hill, Gary & Dr. Gleason Archer
The Discovery Bible
|The Discovery Bible is a unique tool
that provides color-encoding and translation helps to
aid the reader in understanding verb-tenses, original
word meanings, and emphasis of original word
placement. Sort of an enhanced Interlinear text; based
on the NASB. Offers a 21 Day Trial. $149 NT, $399 OT
|Hu, Yih-Chun PalmBiblePlus
|Open Source (Free) for Palm OS 3.5 or greater. Bible
reader based on BibleReader by Poetry Poon. Tyndale
has a nice (2005) guide to using it.
|PDA w/Browser (HTML)
|John Hurt provides Free and Shareware versions of the Bible in HTML and Microsoft Access format.Also available on CD with a spoken version for a modest cost.
Theophilos Bible Software LLC: Theophilos
Theophilos was developed by Ivan Jurik, and in 2007
the company transferred to Theophilos Bible Software
LLC. Laridian Software now owns Theophilos, and has
discontinued the product. However, the program and
all of the free modules are still available for
download, although support is no longer offered. If
you purchased Theophilos in the past, you can
upgrade to Laridian's PocketBible. Last version was
3.1.6, and seems to run fine on Win10.
|A simple, functional reader
with bookmark support and colors to aid in navigation.
This former shareware is now offered for free.
|Mac OS X
6.5 or earlier
|Full featured well done Bible Programs. Purchase the
main program and add Bibles and reference works
ranging from free to $25 each. Bundles also available.
Library modules work on ALL platforms. That is, buy
the ESV for Mobile use, and you can also use it on
your WindowsPC version under the same license.
Downloadable demos available. Laridian has been
keeping pace with the Mobile market pretty well.
|LA SofStuf (Lynn Allan):
|PocketPC (no SmartPhone)
|While this software is a bit
dated, it may be useful for those with older PCs. A
free Bible reader that includes the NKJV, ESV, and
NASB Bibles! Lynn has been working feverishly on this
program these past few years and has provided many
updates. Other Bible versions are also available.
BerBible (for Berean Bible) is designed to be easy to
use, small, and unobtrusive. Valuable for your desktop
for quick verse searches! Free
|NAS Electronic Bible
NASB GoBible for Android and iPhone
The Lockman New American Standard (NAS) Bible
provides NAS related modules for a wide variety of
Bible programs as listed to the left.
Also, check out the Free Downloads (under Resources
Tab) section for some software tools featuring the
LOGOS is probably the leading Bible study program,
with tons of add-on modules available, and they
offer a lot of free module deals. One product covers
both PC and MAC versions.They now offer licensing
that is good across all your devices: Windows, Mac,
iPhone/iPad, Android, and Web.
|e-Sword HD/LT for iOS
One of my top-3 Favorite Bible Study Programs. Rick
Meyers' E-Sword is a well-done freeware / commercial
program with a wide variety of modules available and
some third party support. A lot of licensed Bibles
and modules can be purchased, and there is an
extensive library of free modules as well. E-Sword
also includes a STEP format reader in addition to
its native format. iPhone & iPad versions are
|One of my top-3 Favorite
Bible Study Programs. Timothy Morton's Bible Analyzer
is a freeware/ shareware Bible Study package that
focuses on the KJV with features to view two Bibles
side by side. It also features some unique tools for
analyzing the differences between Bible versions,
include many statistical tools. Available on CD-ROM
for $38 or $69 and as a free download with many
modules available for free or for purchase.
|OakTree Software, Inc. Accordance
|Accordance is probably the #1 Bible Study Software
for the MAC and has been around for many years. Prices
range from $59 to over $1999 with tons of modules. One
license allows up to 5 separate Win/Mac/iOS devices.
|OliveTree makes a Bible Reader with lots of modules
available, including many that are free. On a recent
look (2015), I no longer see the apps for Palm, and
other older mobile platforms.
The Power Bible by Phil Linder is a commercial
All-In-One package. A demo version is no longer
available. Low cost at only $7 for a CD, but seems
|Optasia Electronics, Inc.: Verse Master
|Optasia offers Verse Master,
with what appears to be an HTML based interfaces Verse
Master is also known as "Bible Wisdom" as sold by
TOPICS Entertainment. There is no demo available.
$24.95. Website appears old, I would be sure to
contact via e-mail before paying for the program to
|Craig's Holy Bible program has
been on the "free Bible program" lists for many years.
It features the KJV Bible module with Strong's
numbers, along with Maps, dictionaries, topics, and
other modules. Freeware. Has not been updated in some
|Version 3 current April 2003
|RM Lab's Deluxe Bible is
another program that was designed for Windows 3.1 but
still works on current Windows versions (at least up
to XP; also, a note on the website states that you
can't print Maps in NT/2K/XP!). It is an
All-In-One Package featuring either the KJV or the
Catholic NAB, and just Easton's Dictionary and Map
modules for about $40 each. A shareware KJV NT Only
can be downloaded from the site. I'm not sure
why you would buy this software with the many other
choices available.Contact the company before ordering
to be sure the product is still available.
Andre de Mol
Interlinear Scripture Analyzer (ISA)
|ISA is an Interlinear and Concordance Search Bible program designed to close the gap between translations and the original Bible text. Uses a transparent organized database structure to make sure all other renderings of a Greek word are instantly visible. While ISA was based on Westcott-Hort NT, it now uses Scriverners Textus Receptus 1894 because of copyright reasons, and features the Concordant Old and New Testaments. Compatible with older Online Bible modules. Well done. Free software, donations accepted. ISA3 Pro is to be "published at a later date" (as of Jan 2017)
Interlinear Greek NT
|Scripture Direct used
to offer a PC/Mac based program, but now only offers
iOS/Android apps. Interlinear Greek NT based on a new
Interlinear translation by Prof Johannes Louw and Dr
Bennie Wolvaardt. Free!
current Nov 2006
| Bibloi is an
All-In-One Package that specializes in
some Greek/Hebrew language tools such as the Analytical Greek New
Testament (AGNT). $95. Silver Mountain also
makes the Workplace
Pack, which provides a front end interface
for the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG) Greek and
Latin CD-ROMs. Support OLB format import as well as
the UnBound Bible format. $95. Finally, Bibloi.net
provides access to the AGNT through a web browser in a
plan called Bibloi.Net ($49 per year subscription).
Website doesn't seem to have been updated since 2010
(accessed April 2015; Bibloi.net seems to be gone as
of Jan 2017)
In the Beginning Was The Word
|The Word is a well done Bible Reader
program, with specific emphasis on displaying Greek
Texts (it is from Greece!). Bible texts in English,
Greek, German, Dutch, Spanish, and French are
available. Well worth a look and free, and
portable (can be stored on a USB drive). Paid modules
such as NIV, NKJV are also available.
Studylamp Software: SwordSearcher
|One of my top 3 favorite Bible Study Programs. Studylamp Software's SwordSearcher product has been around for a long time as shareware and is a well-done All-In-One package that is powerful and fast and not bloated. The program is regularly updated and new modules added. Swordsearcher is based on the KJV text, and it is one of my personal program of choice for general Bible study. A free module editor is also available. $59.95
Word by Word.
|I don't know much about this
software other than what appears at the Website. Bible
Scholar is a Hebrew (Old Testament only) Bible
program with a Linear Hebrew/English translation,
Hebrew Rashi Commentary, and more. $89.95. Word by
Word teaches meaning and pronunciation of every
Hebrew word in the various books of the OT. Website
also has software for learning Hebrew, and more on the
Tanach and the Mishna.
http://onlinebible.com App for iOS and Android
Win3.1 ver available
The Online Bible is another "original" that has been around since 1987 and is still being updated. It is available for free download, or a commercial data DVD can be purchased with many additional modules for $39.95. Some licensed Bibles are also available for additional cost. Online Bible was my primary software for some time until I switched to SwordSearcher. Worth a look.
|La Parola is an Italian
Bible Study tool with a Greek-Italian dictionary and
several modules. It is an Open Source Bible program
and can also read ThML, OSIS and e-Sword format files.
Free. A version for Win Mobile is also available.
WordSearch joined forces with Bible Explorer and
now supports the CROSS format and no longer supports
STEP (though a free STEP reader is available).
Upgrade packages are available if you own an older
version of WordSearch. WordSearch comes in packages
ranging from $89.95 to $1999.95. Supports running on
Mac. A Basic Version is available for free. Also
MyWSB.com is a free online version.
|Shareware Bible Study tool with multiple versions
and several Greek/Hebrew Study tools. Includes a
unique Word Occurrence Analyzer feature. Uses a
separate plugin to provide cross-reference capability.
The main component is free, the Bible-Discovery
Extension is $19, Cross Reference Plugin $9, and Bible
Maps Plugin $9. Also has an Android version.
Older History of Changes to this page:
April 2015. Deleted Kevin Wonus' rtbible
website, which is gone; removed Broadman & Holdman
site as they now publish HCSB Bibles under the WordSearch brand;
The Hill/Archer "Helps Bible" is now The Discovery Bible (with
associated website change); removed the e-sword Pocket-PC site,
which seems to be gone (not e-Sword, just the old Pocket-PC
version!); other minor updates.
7 Aug 2013 Added Gary Hill's, the Discovery
Bible. Deleted Ages Software Christian Library Series. While you
can still buy this product, the manufacturer does not seem to be
online anymore. Deleted V. Rydant's Unbound Bible Tools (no
longer online). Quickverse is now owned by WordSearch.
Heavenword's Lightning Study Bible no longer available, but they
now have apps for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. Deleted
Hiddenfield's BibleReader (no longer online); Deleted Lockette
Family's Bible Seeker (site offline); Scripture Direct seems to
have eliminated their desktop program and now offers Mobile
Apps; Deleted Thomas Nelson's e-Bible - see Logos software for
Nelson titles; Deleted Tyndale House's Ilumina which is no
longer supported; Deleted Bible-Explorer as a separate item, it
is now the basic version of WordSearch.