Good mornin to you my friend, I have something really useful to share with you that won’t cost you one cent, (provided that you already own a smartphone or tablet).
I recommend that you consider downloading both of the very useful apps that I’m going to present to you in this post.
Moreover, neither of these bible apps display any advertising in the app mode, (at least that has been my experience, and I’ve used these apps for quite a while). And that’s a big plus, because how many times have you used an online bible research tool that occasionally froze due to waiting for an advertisement to load?
So let me tell you a little more about these apps please.
The first one is the “blue letter bible,” Click here to go to the app.
What makes this app so appealing is its user interface.
How many times have you perused through a bible app, and found its navigation to be nothing short of confusing? They either have a lack of navigational information, or an overload of tools on the screen, (making scripture consumption & research bewildering & frustrating).
Well the (free of charge) apps that I’m presenting to you don’t have these navigational problems.
In its android app mode, the blue letter bible app is super easy to navigate and customize. (Or you can go to the desktop mode for even more features that would satisfy even the most discriminating bible scholar).
I also love that you have the option to choose red-letter or not, various background colors, different font sizes, and most importantly, you get vertical scrolling. Some digital bibles only allow for left/right page turning, but with this app, you scroll up and down, (which is a much better experience for reading & text-copying). And with vertical scrolling, you also have the option to have the bible read aloud to you if you want, as well as automatic page scrolling if you want. (You set the scroll speed in the app’s “settings” to match the reading speed that you’re comfortable with).
And hey, because you can enlarge the font…you effectually get a giant print bible, without print-ghosting, and with no increase in book size & weight, (you’ve gotta love that). Because how often do you ever think to yourself: “I wish my bible’s print was smaller,” (nobody thinks like that). But despite loving large, easy-to-read print, the reason why people don’t usually buy giant print bibles is because they don’t want to handle a cumbersome, heavy bible. But if they could somehow get giant print without changing the weight and size of their bible…then that would be something really special wouldn’t it? Well digital bibles are capable of achieving exactly that.
Look at the screenshot below please. Do you see that little bible speaker icon in the lower-left corner of the screen? You click there to turn on or off audio-bible narration.
And do you also see that little double-arrow icon at the bottom-right of the following screenshot? That’s where you click on or off automatic page scrolling.
Moreover, finding (and going to) any part of the bible is super easy. You don’t have to fumble with arbitrary location numbers to find a spot in the bible like some digital bibles use. Nor do you have to go to the beginning of the bible to navigate to the bible’s books.
To go to a bible book, all you have to do is tap the bible-location identifier at the top-center of any bible page, (like “John 3” shown below),
and you’ll be taken to the “quick nav” page that you see here:
Furthermore, tap on any verse, and a menu pops up on the right which presents a host of user tools. A menu where you can custom-make your own verse highlights and a bunch of other stuff. It took me a little practicing to learn how to make highlights, but once you’re familiar with the system, it’s not hard to navigate.
I personally don’t trust any scripture commentaries, (including the commentaries in this app). Because I’ve found that scripture commentaries typically promote someone’s pet systematic theology, (I reject every systematic theology). And you have to be wary of bible dictionaries and lexicons for the same reason. Because they too will frequently have someone’s pet systematic theology embedded into their scripture analysis.
But having non-agenda bible tools like cross references can be very useful. And what makes this particular system so nice is, you can read the bible without any distractions whatsoever, (because there are no references of any kind on the reading page).
The study-tools menu is completely hidden from view unless you tap on a verse to pop out the menu.
When reading the bible, all you see is clean text like this:
Tap on the blue letter bible icon on the top-left of a bible page, and you’ll be taken to your tools that you’ve already customized.
Create your own bookmarks, (as many as you like), and name them anything you want to name them.
Well that’s enough information about the blue letter bible app; let’s move on to the next bible app for your consideration.
Now I present to you the “touch bible.” Click here please to be taken to this app.
This is functionally a no frills version of the blue letter bible app.
But being basic in function isn’t a bad thing, it’s a great thing. (How wonderful is it to have the word of God)?
It has vertical scrolling, it requires no internet connection to use, it has no advertisements, (that I’ve ever seen), and being minimalistic, it’s very easy to navigate.
The following two pictures pretty much explain how it works:
(I screenshotted this page with the dial-a-verse feature showing, so to minimize the number of images needed in this post. But don’t worry, when you’re reading the bible in this app, that dial-a-verse function isn’t on the screen while you read).
Well I hope that this post has helped someone, and I’m not promoting these digital bible apps as a replacement for your printed bible. Both forms of scripture delivery are good. I use both, and I’m thankful that the Lord has made owning both bible formats possible for me.
Consider this please:
What about someone who doesn’t have the means or access to buy a quality bible? Well that person can use any beat up old smartphone, and enjoy these digital bibles & resources free of charge. Enjoying crystal clear print, with no text-ghosting whatsoever.
Or what about the person who has no access to digital technology? Then that person can be just as equipped with a printed bible.
So in my view, there isn’t a “better than” between digital and printed scripture. Whatever works best for you, that is the perfect choice.
And as far as my resource where I get most of my bible text that I copy and paste, (this is it). I believe that you’ll find some good stuff there too.
So I thank you for sharing some of your valuable time with me.
All glory to the risen Lord Jesus Christ, and no glory to us whatsoever.
(Here’s an addendum for you that I’m adding after I originally wrote this post. It’s additional information about this subject that I think you’ll find to be useful)
Surprisingly, the blue letter bible app still gives you the bible and cross references with no internet connection, (I turned my phone’s “airplane” mode on, and learned this). But other study features were not available with no internet connection.
And since I wrote this post, I bought the “touch bible KJV + Strong’s concordance ” app for $1, and both the bible and the concordance work with no internet connection. And the words with strong’s references are highlighted in gray. It’s very easy to use.
Here’s a sample page + the strong’s response for the word “cubit.”
I still recommend all of these apps.