Studying The Bible with Quickverse 2010

How to use Quickverse – if you can find it!

It’s not gone forever – you can still find it on Ebay, and from time to time I see it available online for free (it’s abaondonware).

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

Okay, so obviously, it’s old. This is QV 2010, which of course means it’s 8 years old. In that time, Bible sofrware has really progressed to a “Whole Library” approach instead of “one book at a time” approach.

Apparently, Wordsearch has haunted my blog, because I’ve mentioned before NEVER to try to register it. Hackers had found the old parked domain, and had installed a drive by trojan. Wordsearch fixed that by buying the domain, and now if you register it, you’re re-directed to the Wordsearch website.

I’m now registered, and don’t have to put up with the constant nag. You can now register yours.

It’s really hard to use any layout other than the default layouts. I tried once to duplicate the classic Quickverse 4 window layout, and crashed the program about 16 times.

I did get it saved, but I’m petrified of it crashing on me.

How do you get started?

Set up a reading plan

If you read your Bible at work on your phone, you can skip this step. I just use Logos, which synchronizes with my laptop. But there was one year (2013) where I decided to do a four times a year Bible reading program, and it was awesome. i think that was my ultimate Bible reading year – I learned SO MUCH that one year. It was at the cost of my health, because I was writing a lot of intensive articles on this blog, and I was also the pastor for my church by default, when my pastor went for knee surgery and ended up being out for six months. I kept getting sick a lot that year.

But I do recommend at least once in your life – take the plunge and do a 4 times in one year Bible reading plan. You’ll be thankful you did it.

Click on the “Bibles” tab and then “configure DRP”. Choose one of the default plans. “Entire Bible in 3 months” or “entire Bible in one year” “Revelation in 1 week”, whatever. They have a lot of default reading plans.

To read the Bible, just go to “Bibles” and “daily Reading”. The window pops open, and you read.

It’s really cool.

Highlight verses

Click and drag to select a verse or verse range. Right click on the selected passage. Choose a color, then “highlight verse”. I’ve found that of the styles and colors they have, some of the highlights are ridiculous – you just can’t see what you highlighted!

Annotations and bookmarks

Annotations will frustrate you. They never worked at all.

But the bookmarks do.


Yes. You can bookmark a verse for future reference.

And that’s your annotations get-around. You can bookmark a verse, and describe why you bookmarked it. THAT’S where you can now annotate the verse! This drove me nuts for a few years, until I figured this out.

But you’lll do better to just make user books.

User Books

Go to “Library”, and “New User Book”. A woefully horrible word processor is inside it. Choose “by verse”, and name it. You can now find it in the Library/BCV window under “user books”.

It’s really annoying, but you have to make entries for every verse. Click on Genesis 2, then… you’ll see the little green plus light up. You’ll see a window, prompting at “1”. That’s verse one. Click to add that.

Now here’s the added, unneeded step you HAVE to take… click on Genesis 2:1 in your user book, and click the pencil/paper icon, which now is lit up. Now click inside the window.

Now you can type commentary or study notes. And yes, you can write notes in Greek and Hebrew.

When you’re done, just click the pencil icon again.


Spend time reading through the Library… with caution.

Quickverse had the best collection of commentaries. Some of them I haven’t been able to find in other programs.

Other books in the Library had me searching for how to delete them. The handbook for Christian apologetics turned out to be “Catholic apologetics” and not christian – and it was horrible.

But you literally have several hundred books now to go through, and every major Bible mis-translation except for the NIV.

My advice of course is to use the King James.

I still love my quickverse, even though I open it very six months or so now. But you may find it’s right what you need.

If you’re in ministry in any way, i’ll warn you now – it’s not sufficient. But for the average Independent Baptist, it’s got a lot of goodies you’ll enjoy.