The Bible is God’s Word. Still, the print Bible is best for daily personal devotions. But, as the need for deeper study calls the serious student of the Bible, like for preparing sermons, teaching, and seminar materials, the use of Bible programs will provide invaluable help.
Below are some of the best Bible programs I have used over time. Some are free, some paid. They are all worth trying out!
1. BibleWorks 9
What is BibleWorks?
BibleWorks 9 is the premier original languages Bible software program for Biblical exegesis and research. It comes with Greek, Hebrew, and Septuagint Bibles for your computer, as well as translations in English, German, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and more! For over twenty years, BibleWorks has satisfied Bible software users around the world.
Why use it?
Let your computer help your exegesis and exposition! BibleWorks is a tightly integrated collection of Bible software tools designed specifically for scholarly analysis of the Bible text. More than a mere Bible search engine, BibleWorks comes with a variety of Bible search tools, lexicons, dictionaries, and morphology analysis resources. For all levels of users, it is suitable for Bible study, sermon preparation, and detailed Bible research.
Tools for understanding the original languages – Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek
Includes photographed manuscripts of the Bible
Few English commentaries and dictionaries
Resources are not highly customizable
2. Logos Bible Software 5
Logos 5 connects you to the Word
Find biblical answers, understand what the authors meant, apply the truth to your life, and share it with the ones you love. Logos 5’s smart tools and massive networked library connect your life to God’s Word.
Logos shows you where to start your Bible study. Find exactly what you’re looking for in the Bible, in your huge library, or on the Logos 5 Timeline.
Logos helps you understand the Bible. Meet its characters, dig into the original languages, unearth ancient cultures, and see what it all means.
Logos connects your life and community to the Word. Study Scripture on mobile apps; share it with those you lead and love; apply the Bible to your life.
Great collection of books/resources, mostly English
Nice format of fonts for books, very customizable and readable
Very good topical guide
Nice production of visual manuscripts
Produces online content in searches
Lags and sometimes slow
Average help for understanding Hebrew and Greek
Indexing takes quite a long time
Can be expensive
From $159 to $4979