Top Online Bible Search Tools
If you’re looking for online Bible search tools, here are some of the best choices for handy, easy-to-use and powerful resources for looking up Bible verses or studying God’s Word online. You’ll discover that searching for a particular Bible verse is easier than ever, and preparing a Bible study is simplified when you use one of these practical resources.
BibleGateway.com is my absolute favorite online Bible search tool! It’s completely user friendly and easy to navigate. You can search by passage (verse), keyword or topic. You can choose multiple versions of the Bible, including many of the contemporary translations and paraphrases, along with several foreign language translations. The site also offers a wealth of other Bible study resources such as an audio Bible, commentaries, e-books, dictionaries and study tools.
CrossWalk.com is another favorite online search tool. Though not quite as powerful as BibleGateway.com, it is still very user friendly. It too is packed with practical study tools such as an online study Bible, Interlinear Bible, Parallel Bible, commentaries, concordances, dictionaries, encyclopedias, lexicons, history, and sermon helps. With so much information at your fingertips, there’s no reason to hesitate diving into study!
What I love about BlueLetterBible.org is their continuously updated interactive reference library from the teachings and commentaries of selected pastors and teachers who hold to the historical Christian faith. The site features a multi-faceted search engine, modern-day written and audio-video commentaries, a long list of study tools, images, maps and devotionals. If you thought Bible study would be boring, try this site for a change of pace.
SearchGodsWord.org is a handy and easy-to-use online Bible search tool with a very unique feature. It provides study resources right in your search. As you look up a particular verse, a list of links to commentaries, study notes and devotionals appears to the left of the passage for convenient, instant access. The site also offers daily Bible reading plans, Christian history, commentaries, dictionaries, concordances, encyclopedias, lexicons and sermon essentials.
Bible.com offers comprehensive Bible search tools with several contemporary versions of the Bible and a number of foreign language translations. The site is packed with Christian resources such as a daily devotional, a reading plan, a prayer room, newsletters, and a kid’s section with music, videos, games and books. One unique feature of this site is the “Bible Answers” section providing biblically based answers to common questions, complete with a topical or keyword search.
NET Bible.org offers a wide range of free online Bible study and research tools, integrating searchable text, commentaries, articles, notes, a dictionary, word studies, interlinear text in Hebrew and Greek, and Strong’s Concordance linked terms. NET Bible also features eight major translations including the NET Bible.
Gospel Hall’s online Bible gives you the ability to search the Bible in a parallel view with two versions side by side. Available translations include the King James Version, American Standard Version, Darby, Young’s Literal Translation, World English Bible, Bible in Basic English. You can also choose from commentaries, dictionaries and encyclopedias.
The article “Top Online Bible Search Tools” written by Mary Fairchild was excerpted from www.christianaity.about.com web site, August 2009.
This article may not be written by an Apostolic author, but it contains many excellent principles and concepts that can be adapted to most churches. As the old saying goes, “Eat the meat. Throw away the bones.”