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bible-shelfLast week, a subscriber contacted me to ask about resources for finding Bible verses on a given topic. I answered his question individually, but I thought I would use this week’s post to share the online Bible resources I use regularly.

Whether you seek Bible verses for use in social media, devotionals, or articles, you need access to more than one translation. Plus, if you need to study a verse in-depth, you may need additional resources like topical Bibles, concordances, or commentaries. Fortunately, there are numerous online resources for Bible study and research.

My Favorite Online Bibles

Bible Gateway

Bible Study Tools

  • Search several translations (list here), including NRSV, NIV (1984), and The Message.
  • Numerous resources: commentaries, dictionaries, and more, listed on library page.
  • Devotionals, reading plans, parallel Bible, other resources on the Bible Study page.
  • Offers a My Bible feature, allowing you to log in and make notes or mark verses as you would in your print Bible.
  • Videos on various topics on the Video page.


It can be overwhelming when you try to absorb what’s offered on all these sites at once, so I suggest you choose one to explore before going to another. I have the Bible Gateway app on my phone, but I also use Bible Study Tools frequently.

I invite readers to share your experience with any of  these Bible sources and to offer suggestions on others not mentioned.  If you get this post by email, please click on the title of the post to go to my site. Scroll down to Leave a Reply and comment there.

5 Responses to Online Bible Resources

  1. Jean Ann Williams October 1, 2016 at 9:56 am #

    Hi Emily. First I’d like to say a huge thank you for helping me out with WordPress this week. I’ve still got to download the spell checker (I’ve caught a virus so need to be clear headed).

    I have another source my husband and I just love. It’s free and has many of the versions right there plus the Greek meaning of words, which is what we like the best and it’s called E-Sword.

    I really like this because it has the older Bible versions like Geneva and yet has the updated English Standard Version ESV. It also has many comentaries like Wesley, Gill, Clarke, etc.

    I always enjoy your posts. Thank you!

  2. Diana Derringer October 1, 2016 at 11:11 am #

    Bible Gateway is my go-to Bible resource most of the time. Thank you for the additional information.

  3. Emily Akin October 1, 2016 at 4:00 pm #

    I’ll take a look at E-Sword. Thanks. Bible Gateway has the Geneva Bible, ESV, and the new CEB, too.

  4. Emily Akin October 1, 2016 at 4:02 pm #

    Mine, too, Diana. Bible Gateway has more different translations than the Bible Study Tools site.

  5. Emily Akin October 13, 2016 at 7:21 am #

    I rarely use guest posts on this blog. Thanks for your interest, though.

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