TWO GREAT BIBLE TOOLS YOU CAN USE ONLINE
If you haven't already discovered it or heard about them, I would like to tell you about two terrific Bible tools you can
use online. You don't have to download anything!
The first is the BLUE LETTER BIBLE, which has so much on there it takes a while to learn how to use all of the tools.
You can do word or phrase searches, and it also has Hebrew and Greek lexicons to give you the meaning of difficult words or
words in the KJV that are outdated today.
Just get into it and you will see many ways you can use it to study the Word of God more deeply.
Next to the KJV verses, each verse has several small blue boxes with letters on them.
Jhn 1:1 ¶ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The K lets you into the Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge, which is a very powerful tool to help you find parallel verses to
the one you are reading.
The C gives you a breakdown of each word in the verse and their meaning in the Hebrew or Greek lexicon
The L leads you to different commentaries on that verse by well known men of God.
The Music note leads you to hymns that were written about that verse, so you can study the Word of God in song.
The V gives you various other translations and versions of the Bible for that verse
The D gives you a very useful and valuable Bible Dictionary, that also leads you back to the Word and other verses that go
along with the verse you are looking up
Now to let you also know about my favorite feature in the Blue Letter Bible, the K
The Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge
I use this tool when I am studying the KJV and looking up parallel verses to go along with the verse I am studying. Using
this tool can be like waters to swim in and I have never seen another tool quite like it.
It does not give you a word for word breakdown of the verse, but it has certain themes , that lead you to verses that help
you to have a deeper understanding of that verse.
To see what I am saying, you will have to get into it and try to look up a verse, then you will see what I mean.
Try it you'll like it.
They will even send you a free CD of the Blue Letter Bible program on which most of the features are available.
Some aren't , but most of the ones you will probably use most are.
Another favorite online tool I use is the Bible Gateway.com, which you can also get several different versions of the Bible
, but I use it for the ESV (English Standard Version) which is the newest international translation of the Bible, and the
most literal and readable.
The ESV captures the drama of the KJV, and much of the vocabulary, and poetic style. The prophecies are just as powerful as
the KJV, the Poetry equally as poetic, and retains the expert literary style and form of the KJV.
The ESV is equally as powerful when quoted and memorized, although there are many words and expressions that have been updated
to modern English.
With the ESV I actually still thought I was reading the KJV, only understanding it better as it is very comprehensible. Verses
and passages I had a hard time figuring out before suddenly being understood and jumping out from the page in a dramatic way
I never experienced with any other modern translation of the Bible. Very anointed and well done.
To read more about the ESV Bible you can download Leyland Ryken's free e book on translating the Bible here on my site, as
it explains how this Bible was translated.
The Bible Gateway .com also has on the left hand column a passage lookup, keyword search, and topical index
which is very helpful when looking up a certain topic in the Bible.