The Best Bible Software 2016


August 2016 Update – this page gets a LOT of hits, and all my opinions on everything has changed since I first wrote it in January. So, I’ve completely rewritten this!


You know how it is…Every pastor, Bible teacher, etc. is CONSTANTLY looking at other Bible programs. I mean, really, if good enough was all we needed, we’d have all stopped with Quickverse 2.0!

I think deep down inside, every one of us are constantly in fear we’re going to completely miss out. If I just use Quickverse 2.0, what if Logos (it’s Law-Gahsss, not Low-Goes) has some gizmo, some widget or whosawhatimacallit, that Quickverse doesn’t?

Back in those days, Quickverse was new, and cool. I mean, we’re talking Windows 3.11 here. When Logos came out, it was Windows 95. And Logos was REALLY hard to copy and paste back then, but it seemed a little better than Quickverse. Just going from one program to another seemed to spark my creativity.

OKAY!!! Moving onto today, and a little less reminiscing…

I should first mention Accordance. It’s neat. I downloaded the demo, and it’s pretty… well, it’s got that slick, clean look that something from an iPad or a Kindle has. I like it. They give you about five Bibles, which is about 4 more than I really need. But the key here is in this kind of ministry, where I’m addressing the modern Bible translations pretty regularly, I really can use all the moderb Bible Babble Buffet editions I can get, so when someone says “Well, Acts 8:37 is in the ESV” I can answer, “uh… no it’s not”. Last time Will Kinney beat me to it, but see, he’s good at that stuff. Having Will follow this blog is kind of like having a professional boxer walk around with you, and letting you pick fights with other people!

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Getting back to Accordance, I have the demo. If it never expires, or shuts down, then I’ll keep what I have. They say it shuts down after an hour of use (yes, you ca restart it) but I’ve had it open since 8:30 and it’s 10:30 now, so…. NOTE: I’ve been using it a while. It has yet to shut down on me. It’s very interesting if you like getting into the original languages.

Accordance has good tech support – I wrote to them to ask about the use of the BHS and the Ben Asher texts, and they responded back within an hour. I got absolutely nowhere trying to explain about the Ben Chayyim texts, and they answered it was virtually the same. Well, virtually the same is not the same – it means there’s differences. If I promised you a thousand dollars and pay you $998, that’s virtually the same thing. When it comes to the Hebrew Bible, having a SINGLE LETTER wrong can condemn a whole Torah scroll.

What Bible companies fail to realize is – if you don’t offer the Ben Chayyim Hebrew texts, it’s a deal breaker with many Fundamentalists. No purchase. That’s what it boils down to. I can’t understand why so many of them just simply REFUSE to offer Morphologies keyed to the TR, and Hebrew displays of the Ben Chayyim Masoretic text.

Anyway, they were very polite, but saw no need to offer the Bible in Hebrew, but rather a flawed text in the BHS and the Ben Asher text.

I was able to set up a KJV-Strongs window with the original languages showing next to the words (neat, but the Hebrew was left to right, and IMMEDIATELY I noticed it was wrong – they had the first word in the Bible as Rayshiyt, and not Bereshiyt), Another window with KJV strongs (this time with numbers and interlinear hidden), Matthew Henry, and “outline of Bible Books. All in four columns. A really cool feature is the right click parsing, showing the root Greek word, and the suffix. A more complex construct I’m sure has the other Greek diacretics, and perhaps prefixes as well, such as the Ha- prefix. A simple right click gives you a Research window, where you see the English word, and the Greek or Hebrew lemma, with strongs number.

For the entire passage.

ἀγαπη τός Beloved G0027 ἀγαπητός agapetos

It was neat, I suppose. I did like the way they do it, but they need to offer the interlinear with Ben Chayyim, and… get it right! The only real drawback to this kind of program (very intuative – it took me maybe 30 seconds to figure it out – the rest of you would probably do really well with it, because you all use smartphones and Kindles and Nooks and what have you…) is – really – the cost. To really get the benefits out of this program, you’re going to need to buy the program, then LOAD UP on modules. Expect to pay several hundred dollars. BOTTOM LINE – $59 starter package, $350 minimum and up. I did like this program!

Now, Olivetree. My wife was given a Kindle as a gift a few years, and she loaded on a Bible program that came for free from the Kindle LIbrary. It’s… Olivetree. After hearing David Cloud talk about it, I decided to try it. It comes with a couple of Bibles, a couple of commentaries. And a link for free software. Very easy, very intuative – not that many add ons or functions. Really, in terms of tools and functions, nothing compares to Wordsearch.

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I don’t need to describe Olivetree too much for you. Most of you own it already on your electronic device. I have it pretty much as it opened up, except I hurriedly swtiched it to King James with a click of the mouse, since it opened to the ESV (I quickly cleaned off my computer screen with a cleansing of oil, blood and water and a heave offering). For the casual user who’s going to use it for Bible study and reading, it’s great. It comes with almost nothing – HCSB, ESV, King James, JFB commentary and Matthew Henry. That’s it. Oh, what’s on the left? A link marked “free books”. Well! I bet it’s only like 20 books. What’s that going to do you? Absolutely… wait. A hundred frree books???

Can’t fault that! Well!!!! Let me just give a cynical look at the paid volumes and see how much they’re charging for… ummm… $3? A lot of the books are very reasonably priced. It can add up, of course, but that’s going to be said for any Bible software. Bottom line – Free, and over 100 free books. Limited to no tools besides note taking. Right click reveals “Highlighting” and “Bookmark”. Good for a casual user. David Cloud, interestingly enough, says this is his favorite Bible program now, even over Swordsearcher! Comparing that program to Wordsearch meant… nothing. It just didn’t have any tools I could use.

Logos 6 – This is the Cadillac of Bible programs. In my first review of this program, I was completely annoyed that – unlike what apparently is Industry Standard – they REFUSE to give you the King James for free to try it out. They offer the Lexham Bible for free, but not the King James. To me, the explanation makes ZERO sense. If they have to tag the Bible to make it work, then they had to tag the Lexham the same way!!!

The learning curve for Logos is steep compared to Accordance, which is supposed to be in the same league of Bible software, Logos is much more difficult to learn. If you’re going to simply get the free engine and buy the King James – which is what I did from February until August – I’d really recommend taking the time to download and watch Morris Proctor’s free videos on Logos Basics. Once I did that, I understood the difference, and really, how to use the program.

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Every review of Logos I’d read sums it up this way… They’re saying expect to pay $1,000 for it, and it’s worth it the way everything works together. My experience with it is you can actually do a LOT for $9.99… just get the free engine, the King James Bible, all the free addons they have available (very little) and you’re really good to go. If I ever made it to being dirty filthy wealthy and could spend ridiculuous amounts of money, then I suppose that I would just say “ehhh” and purchase EVERY Bible program, load them up with everything, and sit around giggling as I scroll through eighteen windows and Bible programs, reading about how Abraham and the twelve children of Israel escaped the flood in the Ark. (If that didn’t make you laugh, you’re WAAAY behind on Bible readings).

Logos gives away the program with… nothing. You can purchase packages, but get this concept into your head right away, and be prepared for it – if Logos charges you for the KIng James Bible, they’re going to charge you for everything else. Nothing is free. Free books? Zilch. Zip. Free tools to get you started? Forgetaboutit. Getouttahere!

Well, they do have some free books… but nothing useful! You can get the Lexham Bible, the Lexham Bible dictionary, and you can get the faithlife Bible commentary. If you just download the Logos 6 or 7 engine, then you get… Bupkis! And several have no use unless linked to the costlier modules. For instance, if you’re interested, you can get the Daily Daf cycle, that tells you what pages to read in the Talmud on what day. Absolutely free. If you don’t have the Talmud, it’s… completely useless. Oh, but you can buy the Jacob Neusner Talmud from Logos, though! (BTW, a serious Talmudic student would bypass that for Steinsaltz’s Talmud, or the time honored Soncino edition, which I used to have.)

To understand why Logos is different requires an understanding in the trend in Bible software. Originally, they were designed to READ, LOOK UP, MAKE NOTES. That’s it. Logos began back in the 90’s giving you options in searching that Quickverse didn’t, and once you got the hang of it, it was very cool!

Wordsearch expanded the concept to Whole Library – in other words, you worked to accumulate a Whole Library, and the search tools expanded to cover that.

Logos has expanded this now to a concept of Entire Library together. If you imagined that you tasked a research assistant with going into your library, and reading every book there and give you a list of every book that covered Matthew 5-7… and every dictionary entry that covered the key words, themes and concepts – that’s Logos. Once I grasped how to use Logos 6, everything changed, and suddenly it was very difficult to work with Wordsearch any more. I felt like I had to do so much more work to achieve the same results!

Here’s some of the features of Logos 6:

“Clippings”. It made ZERO sense until I by coincidence was reading a book by William Evans on preparing sermons, and suddenly it all made sense. As you read something, you can highlight it, right click and send to clippings. Ta-da. Why???? Well, if you’ve read the Evans book, you’ll know. Pastors should routinely make clippings or notes on things they read, to form bits of information they use to illustrate a Bible text. So, if you get Logos, you can highlight something you read, right click on it, and choose “add to my clippings”and there you go. You can type some thoughts in after that. Of course, you can use Note Stacks in Wordsearch for the very same thing!

Passage Lists – the same as verse lists in Wordsearch. Trust me when I say this is a must-have tool. Any program that doesn’t offer Passage lists and clippings, pretty much rules themselves out for me. This is the reason Accordance never made it to number one in my list.

Text compare – if you get a Starter module, you now have text compare… you can open the Bible, and then modern mistranslations, and click the little “A” icon. Now the differences are highlighted. I have my Bibles arranged in this window by the lower variance – in other words, compared to the King James, the least variance to the most heretical. If you’re King James only, this is a huge bonus, as now you have verifiable proof that thee’s agendas in how modern translations are mis-translated. Some of the changes in wordings are just to maintain a copyright – others are deliberate.

There was a very nasty comment from someone who purchased the Baptist book package, about “Really? I have to pay EXTRA for the Strong’s dictionary??? Really?” He’s right – EVERY Bible software comes with James Strong’s life work for free – not Logos. And that’s kind of the story with Logos – everything that every other Bible software company offers for free, you have to buy from Logos. Bottom Line – $10 minimum, Starter Package around $300, up to $7,995 for Platinum package.

This is my default program now, since my wife bought the Baptist Starter package for me as a present. I hope to make it to Logos Baptist Gold, but may have to settle for Bronze or Silver due to the high price.

Quickverse 11It’s basically Wordsearch, with a different interface. Good gift package for someone. The search functions are abysmal, and the Annotations features do not work. I have tried everything. If you can find Quickverse 2010 or 2011 Platinum, yeah… get that. There’s a massive library in there. DO NOT CLICK THE REGISTER THIS PROGRAM link. It leads you to a defunct website that someone hacked with a trojan virus. Bottom Line – Unless you can find the Platinum version at a yard sale, Ebay, or Amazon, Get Wordsearch instead. Especially since Wordsearch offered it for a year, and then discontinued it.

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Quickverse 2010. The illustration by Eugene Peterson is a good example of why I hate sermon illustrations

theWordI’m sure a LOT of you all use this. Almost everything’s free. Customizable (kind of), you can change the layout, the colors… I’m just always accidentally closing windows. I didn’t like that I could make my own commentary, make it available for free, and really there’s no way to lock it so someone else couldn’t enter it. Too cluttered for my taste, but it has a sizeable number of followers. Not a lot of tools. Bottom line – free, lots of add-ons. Not even on my list of favorites. Deleted off my computer.

E-Sword – the king. It’s not free. It’s donationware. If you’re using it regularly, you really should make a donation. The major issue with it is that once you start adding to it, it…bogs…down… and I have a really fast, powerful laptop. I suppose if I was going to use it more regularly, I’d have to triple my RAM to 24 megs or so. The program runs best with just the books and topics that are in it when you install it. Start adding things, and it starts slowing down.

Here’s the thing – it gives you a prayer calendar, to pray for specific situations and other people. It gives you a way to mark it as “Answered”. That’s really cool. I’ve written to Wordsearch about five times asking them to include that. Wow. I can think of nothing more faith building than to keep track of prayers for others, and be able to mark most of them as “answered”! I guarantee, out of those who used to be Christians and apostated, most of them would never have done it if they’d used this. You want proof God exists? There you go.

E-Sword has a lot of tools and features, more than theWord. Not very customizable, but you right away get the feel for how to work in the layout, and I almost guarantee you’ll never change the setup of it. Clean looking. I like the calendar function. I like the Scripture Memorizing tool. Very neat. The latest change of making the Topics pop open in a new window I suppose is better. I’m just aggravated by an unusable software that moves slower than a pregant elephant in drought season. And Rick has zero interest in user comments and suggestions. Bottom line – donationware. Many many addons. Expect to pay only a few hundred dollars if you desire any of the premium addons. SLOOOOOWWWW and cumbersome.

Bible AnalyzerThis Bible program is, to describe it simply, a complete right angle from all other Bible software. This is Tim Morton’s program, and I suspect that as a KJV only Fundamentalist, his approach was simple “I don’t need a lot of addon modules – so what can my program do that nobody else’s does???

In case you’ve never tried it, I can honestly say – you’ll never delete it off your hard drive. Go ahead! Buy Logos! Pay for every add on module and package! You’ll still spend about 30-50% of your Bible study time looking at Bible Analyzer. seriously. I am sometimes dumbfounded at the very neat features of this program. I’d say Mr. Morton has to be left handed, because it’s completely different from every other bible program.

Ever wanted to know what the first reference is for any verse in the Bible? Bible Analyzer does it. Like to know what’s the most commonly used words in a chapter or book of the Bible, in order? Bible Analyzer does it. Want to know statistics? Bible Analyzer does it. LIst of capital letters? Bible Analyzer does it. I did a series on the book of Romans where half the time I simply was putting in the statistics of the chapter, and it was sometimes downright creepy, in that the words of the Bible sometimes spelled out Gospel messages. I had to stop that, because it was getting too much like divining or something weird like that. Timothy Morton’s Bible package needs to be looked at FIRST out of all the free Bible programs. You now can buy the Way Of Lfe Encyclopedia and Things Hard To Be Understood from the Bible Analyzer store, as two of the most expensive premium modules he offers – $9.95 each. Yes, just under ten bucks each. “Virtually the same thing” as ten bucks.

I’ll say this – if Logos weren’t so cool, Bible Analyzer would probably be my go-to Bible program. Did you know you can highlight a LETTER, right click on it, and see options of searches? That’s like… wow. Bottom Line – Completely different from every other Bible program. You need this. Free. Most add on modules are free or $3-$5. Use in conjunction with your other Bible program.

Bible Works – yes it does. But because it has no demo, the BHS instead of the Ben Chayyim text, I’d have to pay $400 just to find out what it’s like. Probably great! Other than that, I have no way of knowing. Everyone says if you like working in original languages, I hear it’s amazing. No commentaries, no dictionaries. Just for the most part Bibles. That’s really a downside. Not sure if they offer Lexicons and grammars.

I don’t know how they can say this when they don’t offer the Hebrew Masoretic text! Bottom line $400. No addons except for what you buy from Wordsearch. Updated note… The customer service was intersted in my contacting them about the Ben Chayyim text. Their answer was simple – if I can help them find an E-text of it, they’ll gladly pay whoever typed it in and offer it. THey’ve had many requests, and would love to offer it. And when I told them under Jewish law the Ben Asher text belonged in a Ganiza (burial vault for holy manuscripts that were flawed or decayed)… they actually paid attention, unlike Accordance.

Swordsearcher – this program is the go-to for many IFB pastors. I do like the uncluttered look of it. The gentleman who designed it did a GREAT job giving you everything you need, right where you can see it. Theres a number of symbols on the left hand side of the verse, and by making a verse active, the tools come into play. A pop-up window tells you every book with something on that verse. You can click on say, Nave’s in the popup window, and your Nave’s will suddenly open to the entry corresponding to that word in the verse. VERY neat. It has a number of very nice features. But my bottom line really is, for me, there’s nothing there so outstandingly great that it causes me to immediately say, “I have to have this!” It’s more, “Well, that’s nice!” So, bottom line, unless I get a drastic increase in my funds, I won’t be buying the complete package for $60.

PC Bible Study – My former pastor and the head of my Seminary swear by this program. I’d have to try it and see, but… there’s no way to try it for free! You have to purchase the program to see if you like it. It’s probably a policy that has cost them millions. I don’t know really how good it is! It may be everything I’m looking for! It may not. Unless I buy one of the packages, I’ll never know! It’s very highly recommended from those that have spend hundreds of dollars on it. I suppose it’s the same thing for every last Bible program, I suppose! When you buy their ultimate package, it’s got so many bells and whistles that it’s just amazing! If you have an iTunes account, you can download an “app” to try it. If on the other hand, you just want to download it without getting iTunes, forget it. Bottom line – $90 to $1000, no demo available.

WordSearch 11This was my go-to program, until this year. Logos has replaced this program. I’ll probably never spend another dime on Wordsearch, which means I need to go and clear out everything on my wish list on their website.

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Wordsearch still has somewhat of a clunky interface. Their awkward “navigating the Bible” feature in WS10 they fixed in WS11. If you like to click in the window and type “Matthew 7:14”, that still works. If on the other hand, you’re used to clicking on a window and choosing the book, then the chapter, and scrolling to the verse… it does that too.

Wordsearch gives you a small library for free with it. The engine is $39.95, and for many, many users, that’s all you’ll ever have to pay. But that’s not all – WS is loaded with tools. You can click on a verse, and choose “Instant Verse Study”. Click that, and a window opens up letting you search your entire library, or just specify books. Then you can open LibreOffice or MSWord or whatever you use, and just paste. And you have every reference to that verse in your entire library (or whatever books you specify) there. That’s huge. If you want to talk about serious Bible study, that’s hard to beat. Including if you’ve been writing your own commentary, and you want to include that as well. If you’re working on a Master’s Thesis or a Doctorate, behold!!! There you go.

Notestacks. These are like stacks of 3X5 cards. You can right click on a verse, send it to a notestack. If you keep it open, you can keep adding to it. It allows you to write down brief notes. Why is this great? Let’s say you’ve got a blog, and you end up having to say the same things OVER and OVER and OVER again, to roughly the same people. By making notestacks, you can eliminate the 45 minutes it takes you to answer comment debates… now you can just open the notestack labeled “refuting Philip Dean” and copy and paste. or whatever your notestack is. A helpful feature some of my frequent blog visitors might want to take advantage of. If it forces you to read your Bible for yourself and not rely on the Magisterium, or the Watchtower Society, or Salt Lake City, I’m all for it!!!

Verse lists. I’ve talked about these before. I’ve made up verselists for “the Trinity” the “Rapture” etc. And I simply right click on verses and send them to the verse lists. Like Notestacks, but instead of laying them out in series, it’s one list you can separate into various sections. These are for when you just need the verses without the comments.

Wordsearch also allows you to read book modules – and make your own notes in them. That’s really helpful. Especially when you read someone like Arthur Pink, and you end up getting angry over his unBiblical doctrines. You can type in your own responses and evaluations, and it can… wel… be fodder for blog articles.

User books – you can choose by verse, by date or alphabetically. You can create your own topical Bible, your own commentary, your own yearly devotional – or even your own calendar of Bible study notes. After all, when you’re reading your Bible three times this year, you’ve got to write out your thoughts SOMEWHERE!

Add on modules – Wordsearch gives you far more free than anyone else. I’ve got over 350 modules in my library, and I think I’ve paid for one of them. Every Friday night, the Wordsearch blog features “free friday” where one book is offered for free. A lot get repeated, but hey! That book you missed last year may eventually be repeated!

Bottom line – free for Wordsearch Basic, $39.95 Wordsearch Engine & library. This was my go-to software, but has been replaced by Logos. You can of course buy upgrade packages with more books and Bibles. The Preaching Gold package is the biggest one, at $1,995.00 Most people will not need more than the bottom line package.

What software do I recommend in order?

1. Logos 6 or 7

2. Bible Analyzer

3. Wordsearch 11

4. Accordance

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Author: philipdean2013

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26 thoughts on “The Best Bible Software 2016”

  1. I enjoyed your rundown of Bible softwares. It is obvious that you are sold on WordSearch. I like it too, but would use it more if they would make two changes: 1) give us the option to go full screen with a module (esp. the Bible), and 2) make the Bible a single book instead of 1189 “nexts”.
    LOGOS is LOGOS. They even have a blog post on how to pronounce it, and they don’t agree on their name! One thing about LOGOS beyond $$$ is that they are trying to move away from “evangelical” theology. They even have a “Humanities” branch called NOET that doesn’t even link back to their parent organization, FAITHLIFE. Wouldn’t want to scare off the pagans! I got into LOGOS through a cheap Libronix disc, otherwise I would never have heard of them, or if I had would have kept right on going because $$$. It had the King James Bible, so I have never had to deal with a Bible-less LOGOS. It had some other stuff as well, some good, some downright despicable. But I have to say, I really like the software, and if I could get my WordSearch modules to run on LOGOS I would probably never open WordSearch. But then again, I’m the kind of guy that will have them both open, and usually my Paper Bible as well.
    Keep up the good work. No comments doesn’t equal no impact. In my opinion, you have the most informative and interesting blog on the net (where else would you find a blog?)

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    1. I’m usually running about 3 Bible programs open at once myself. Appreciate the kind words!
      I do have to say, like you said… Logos’s designers seems to be a little iffy doctrinally, kind of like Accordance. And certainly, the materials that Wordsearch offers can be described as scary sometimes. Basically, if it’s a Christian module, they’ll sell it. They’re in the business to make money. I keep that in mind with all my reviews. Out of curiousity, which Logos are you using?
      I’ve been playing with Logos for a while now and see the benefits of it, but again like I said in the article – it works best when you buy the $5,000 package – something out of the reach of Independent Baptist pastors!

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      1. I am using the Logos6 free core engine with no base package. Its not because they haven’t tried to sell me one, I just don’t need a bunch of stuff I don’t even know how to use! and would not use if I did. My one disappointment, which seems true almost across the board with Bible Software, is that they seem to be more interested in being known as a software company than anything Christian. I reckon selling Bibles and selling your soul is not mutually exclusive.

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      2. Is it logos 6? I had some poking to do so it would show me a simple study package. Alas, they want money for the KJV so it’s interesting right now. But almost useless. I do like the way everything integrates.

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  2. I would argue that TheWord will beat out all these (except Logos) hands down. I’ve been using it for years now, and I’d be willing to put it up against anything else on this list. It loses out only to Logos and that’s b/c its freeware. and TheWord is considerably faster than Logos. No question about that.

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    1. There’s no question that THeword is much faster. It lacks the original language study abilities Logos has, so as you point out, it loses to everything but Logos in your eyes. I personally despised TheWord… but I think I mentioned that in the article!
      I would say in my estimate, Theword edged in just ahead of Olivetree. Aside from that, I place E-Sword, Quickverse, wordsearch, Accordance, then Logos ahead of it. Theword lacks many of the tools that E-sWord gives you.
      Give some of the others a try, in demo format. Sometimes you’ll find that your Bible study is enhanced by trying new software. Accordance did change the way I studied, and prepared me for the newer Logos packages.

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      1. Well since we’ve thrown down the gauntlet here 🙂 I disagree that TheWord lacks the original language ability of Logos. What specifically can Logos do that TheWord can’t? I

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      2. Well, my friend, pull up a comfy chair and your favorite warm caffeine laden beverage, with or without flavored creamer.
        Logos’s main strength is that it’s designed mostly for you to type in a passage in the passage box, and it tells you after about a 2.5 second delay EVERYTHING in your library having to do with that passage. Sometimes it’s so many results it’s overwhelming.
        It opens the passage guide, 5 top Bibles (I can only recommend one of course), a commentary, and the exegetical guide. The passage guide will have links to all other books in the library that have something on that passage.
        The exegetical guide will list the entire passage in Koine Greek, along with the parallel of the English translation. By mousing over the words in either parallel, it shows a highlight on the other. The info guide will open with instant information about that word.
        When I say the passage, it will show the MANUSCRIPT of the passage, and not just the Lemmas. Theword and E-Sword are geared to show you the Lemma, so it can work better with Strong’s.
        by clicking on the WORD STUDY icon that will be next to every word in the Exegetical Guide, it will open a tile showing that word in manuscript, root and lemma form, along with statistics of how often each form is used, each tense, and where its at, along with definitions.
        φρονέω phroneō to think, have the mind of can also be φρόνιμος wisdom, prudence, some 14 times in the Bible, 7 of which are in Matthew and 2 in Luke.
        If you really want to, you can sit there and open word study tiles in every tense and form of φρονέω. It really gives you a lot of insight into Phillipians 2:5. All of these results are clearly displayed in chart form, and give you the actual listing of all the verses when you drag the highlighted piece of the “Circle chart”.

        That’s only one of the uses of Logos. I’ve got Accordance, Wordsearch, ESword, Bible Analyzer, and many others. I just don’t think ANY of them come really close to the power of Logos. Accordance comes the closest, but still, not even in the same ballpark. And trust me… I’ve only really been a Logos fanatic for the last six months or so… I just got Logos in August, although I’ve been using the engine since April, and I used to have Logos 1.6 or so back in the ’90’s. I can’t point to any Bible program that can do what Logos does in Greek and Hebrew.

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      3. The biggest thing for me is that Logos is able to search your library using the NEAR operator. I admit, this is a huge feature that TheWord is not yet able to do. What’s strange is that TheWord IS able to search Bibles with the NEAR operator but it is not able to search books that way. I asked the developer about this, and he said they are working on it. I hope it comes soon.

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      4. Yes, I am familiar with Logos pulling up everything in your library that pertains to that passage.
        I also grant you that TheWord will not highlight both words in the Greek/Hebrew and the English translation. But…(!) in the KJV, you can wave your mouse over a word and see the word that underlies that English word. Again, it’s not the same but it’s close. Furthermore, I find that when you use Young’s Literal Trans. in parallel with the Hebrew/Greek, it’s pretty easy to find your way around in the original.

        Then, Logos has nothing on TheWord when it comes to mouse-over popups. The BDB-KJV or the Thayer-KJV modules will show you an abridged form of the BDB entry and all the places that word occurs in the Bible. It will also tell you how the KJV translators rendered that word in each case. And if you are willing to spend $20, you can get the exact same functionality with the NASB. The only thing that Logos has over TheWord here is it will tell you how the LXX translated the word assuming you are in the OT. I do find that handy. Again, you can get the LXX for TheWord, it’s just not as quick as Logos.

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      5. I personally would never use the NASB, or Young’s so-called literal version. TRust me when I say that everything I said was not even close to the capabilities of Logos. Those same features pretty much can be found in the Info window, and the power lookup window. I just detailed what my most often used function in Logos was.
        https://www.logos.com/video-tour
        https://www.logos.com/features
        But you know, when you really think about it – here’s two Christians arguing about Bible software. It really doesn’t get any better than that! Glad you’re using BDB – if they have Vine’s for TheWord, you should get that addon too.
        Logos will access all language tutorial software, so if you add lexicons and grammars to anything that comes with the base package, they all use that too.

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  3. and I’m really certain that TheWord is better than eSword. but….it’s been awhile since I’ve worked with eSword. but I would be happy to put TheWord up against anything. It’s what I teach my students to use.

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    1. I really don’t like E-Sword, but rick Meyers must have seen my whining (I mean, complaints) on this blog about how SLOW Esword is. But E-Sword’s had those windows going back to v.9 with the topics, journal and comments… I really think he got the kinks worked out that plagued it in v.6 & 7 on those windows. So it’s been working fairly well for eight years now… except the slowness thing.
      Your comments are trailing off and I can’t see all of them! Are you doing that, or is this something new in WordPress I have yet to fix???

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      1. I just downloaded and installed e-Sword. This is probably the 3rd or 4th time I’ve done this. There is no comparison between eSword and TheWord. TheWord is hands down the winner.

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  4. The problem is….it’s not just Logos vs. TheWord. When you factor in price, then TheWord is hands down the winner. Very few people (esp. pastors and theology students) can afford the astronomical price for purchasing Logos. So I continue to push TheWord as the Bible software with the most functionality, the largest library, and the most features for the price.

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    1. You’re allowed to be wrong here! Yes, Logos was a lot of money – and certainly I can only afford really one upgrade a year… maybe. But when you do a feature by feature comparison, Theword isn’t in the same league. I won’t use any software that doesn’t have a notestack function, limited language abilities, or verse lists. So that really means only Wordsearch, Logos or Accordance.

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      1. TheWord has note taking abilities. I made a tutorial of it right here: http://www.chrisengelsma.com/using-theword-to-annotate-the-text-page-edit-title/

        and TheWord certainly has pretty advanced language ability. Simply by mouse-over I can see the Strong’s entry and full parsing. A click brings up any of my other lexicons among which are Thayer, BDG, Strongs, Dodson, Moulton & Milligan, Bullinger’s Figures of Speech, Liddel-Scott, and Abbott-Smith. For a small fee, I can purchase BDAG or Waltke’s Theological Wordbook for the OT. I also have access to the extremely valuable notes of the NET translators as well as A.T.Robertson’s classic “Word Pictures…” In terms of grammars, I use A.T. Robertson’s huge Greek grammar and also Moulton. For Hebrew, I have Gesenius’ and Davidson’s grammars. Even Webster’s 1828 is available. 🙂 I can also put translations in parallel, so I can quickly discern differences and investigate further. Furthermore, there are many technical commentaries available like Keil/Delitzsch and Heinrich Meyer etc. that make extensive comments on the original text.

        In terms of verse lists, TheWord has an amazing feature that even Logos does not have. Whenever I copy some text anywhere on my computer, TheWord automatically recognizes Bible verses and creates a verse list with those verses. So…for instance I could be reading an article on the internet. I could hit cntrl-C and copy several paragraphs of text. TheWord would recognize all the verse references in the text I copied and instantly create a verse list with those verses. Then I can change the translation for all these verses instantly, look them up in context, print them, etc. etc. It’s an amazing feature that has saved me oodles of time.

        So…of course I agree that Logos does more than this but for the price, TheWord is really quite incredible. I suspect it will only be a matter of time before TheWord catches up.

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      2. Don’t forget to try some of the other Bible programs I spoke of! …although editorially, I can only recommend the King James Bible, and none of the modern translations. Make sure that the Greek you’re looking at is the Textus Receptus!

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      3. Well the other translations are certainly useful for seeing how other scholars translated a word. Even if you don’t accept them as viable translations, they can be useful for purposes of comparison.

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